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LG bigwig: LG G4 to be radically different from the G3, will be unveiled after April's debut of LG UX 4

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LG bigwig: LG G4 to be radically different from the G3, will be unveiled after April's debut of LG UX 4
We've been paying a lot of attention to the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge and the HTC One M9 over the past few days, but today one of the larger smartphone makers - LG - just reminded us about itself and unveiled what we should expect from its upcoming flagship. We're talking about the LG G4, a device that will take the crown from G3's "head" in the following months.

The chief of LG's mobile division, Cho Juno, just spilled the beans and unveiled that the LG G4 will be radically different from the G3 (hopefully a metal body), which will finally put it on par with the rest of the manufacturers that have been using such materials for some time now. What's more, the next LG flagship will probably use an LG-made chipset inside and not a Qualcomm Snapdragon one, which falls in line with the rumors that we had heard before. LG clearly wants to secede from the Qualcomm dependence. 

Juno also revealed that LG will announce the G4 only after its upcoming LG UX 4 breaks cover: "We will announce LG UX 4.0 before announcing the LG G4. I think it is simply the best and the issue is how to best fit the new UX system into the G4 smartphone". Okay, bring it on already. 

Last, but not least, Mr Juno revealed that LG is impressed by Samsung's new flagship and the hardware prowess that it boasts and is hoping that its G4 will be an equally-impressive device. "Samsung did a very good job with the Galaxy S6 smartphone. I believe our G4 will also be good. With higher expectations, LG put huge resources into the LG G4," Cho claimed. He added that LG will aim to be the third-largest smartphone manufacturer by sales in 2015, thus we should expect an aggressive marketing of the upcoming G4 in the States ans South Korea.


source: KoreaTimes via G4Games

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posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:04 7

1. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


nice. looking forward to the g4.

was highly impressed with the g3. im pretty sure g4 will have no disappointments

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:54 1

35. KParks23 (Posts: 587; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I got the g3.., calibrate the screen a little better update the processor, battery can remain the same but a slight bump wouldnt hurt, the 810 should help a bit and thats really all they need to do its been a great phone for me..,better camera and speaker are welcome also

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:02

36. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


i think lg is using its own octacore processor. we will have to see.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 13:22 1

59. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Agreed.

LG is doing big things again.

They had a tough run with their first few runs of Android phones, but from the G2 on, it's been all wonderful, design and operation-wise.

I hope they fully return to prominence like they once had when every phone on Verizon was an LG in the pre-iPhone era. LG just made nice phones. I was a fan.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:04 9

2. JMartin22 (Posts: 1937; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I'll laugh if they did go full unibody material and get rid of the removal battery and storage as a result, just to hear the vocal minority "tech" community illustrate to us how they're going to move to Mars when no mainstream OEM offers these, due to actual market response and prioritization of these features.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:08 5

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4159; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Funny thing is the "tech community" is a minority
And within the "tech community" there's another minority that who cant live without their removable batteries and microSD cards

Its a great choice from Samsung's POV
Removable batteries and microSD cards is probably a major reason S3 & S4 users didn't upgrade to the S5

Also I'm sure someone will take Samsung's old place of catering to the "tech community"

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:20 7

13. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


You'll laugh? Sorry, how does this benefit you again? The only party that is laughing is the OEM who will charge outrageous prices for storage capacity increments and will force you to buy a new phone when the built-in battery inevitably deteriorates. What is so funny about less power in the hands of the consumer?

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:27 6

16. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


(Edit time expired)

I swear, some people seem to forget they -are- the consumer in this transaction; corporations are trying to make as much money off you as they can. Don't pretend these restrictions are in your interests.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:28 1

18. JMartin22 (Posts: 1937; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


It's funny how hypocritical and sanctimonious some of these people are calling top end products a failure because it doesn't give them what they want in particular. Especially when those people probably never even liked Samsung to begin with at least 70% of the time and wouldn't have purchased their product anyway, with or without the microSD card and removable battery.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:59 2

27. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


These people are usually Sony fanboys. I ve seen lots of comments from HTC and Apple fans praising the S6, even if they won't get it. But all i read from Sony hypocrites is how the S6 lacks micro sd slot and waterproof rating, as if those are the only 2 selling points of a smartphone, and as if the Z phones are flying off the shelves in a blink of an eye.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:36

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Stop it. Just stop making so much sense. +1

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:32

19. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


@namesib Funny thing is, this is the same tech community he would have defended and supported only two weeks ago. But now that he finds out his favorite brand completely jumped ship, he has no choice but to jump along and make fun of this 'vocal minority' that he'll now claim he was never a part of. The struggles of being a fanboy...

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:00

48. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


No, it's all down. To what they offer for the price and trade off, I.e. If they just whet with the iPhone setup, same type of mem speed and only 16gb and 40gb cloud, then I will have been get lost, but no they did not do that.

They went with 3 x speed mem with 32 or 64 basic model and then added 100gb free cloud, you see the trade off, they was unable to also add the sd card due to the new speed of the mem controler and. Setup due to the damage that is done by adding that to the mem controler and why Apple with using cheap crap mem as faster mem speeds then the note 4 because they use a mem control without sd support, good day sir

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:40 5

23. vincelongman (Posts: 4159; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Why so serious
Just vote with your wallet, buy the LG G4

If the S6 has worse sales then the G4, then the S7 will have a removable batteries and microSD cards again

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:24 1

33. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Praising the S6 may point out to the fact that they are going with the same route that Samsung did, which isn't bad at all.
LG has been doing a hell of a job lately, and if it wasn't for the mediocre screen on the G3, the G3 would have given the Note 4 a good fight for the Best Android phone in 2014 title.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 11:52 1

56. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


Agreed, they have been stepping up their game lately. The G3 was an excellent phone overall with a few minor issues that the Note 4 didn't have, like battery life and screen quality. Their TouchWiz-like UI is also something I enjoy, plus the customization options they allow. People always complain that LG's UI is similar to TouchWiz. But I don't see how being inpired by the most feature-rich UI on Android is a bad thing. Big brother Samsung does take and hold the lead in the way of Android phones, but little brother LG has also got some good ideas too.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:22 1

43. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


I laugh at those users who doesn't know how to turn off their traffic data to preserve their battery power.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:32

45. tdslam720 (Posts: 70; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Came here to post this. I so hope it's metal so I can drink the removable battery crowds tears. Maybe they'll finally save up to buy cars so they don't need batteries s on their 3 hour bus ride to work.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 13:26 1

60. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Those who decline the idea of removable batteries and memory are fools.

It should always be an option, whether or not you want or need it.

Apple doesn't make an iPhone big enough to handle my wife's storage needs, so she is on her last iPhone before she will be forced into an Android of some sort with removable memory. Sorry, that's the way it's going to be...

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:04 7

3. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


GREAT.
The power of competition.
We're all benefit from the OPEN PLATFORM of android.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:05 7

4. vincelongman (Posts: 4159; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I will laugh if LG also drop their removable battery and microSD card

But I doubt they will
LG will probably see that this is a good opportunity pick up the power users who cant live without their removable battery and microSD card

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:09 1

6. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Won't happen.
Every competitor is an ''opportunist'' so to speak.
You can bet HTC, Sony and others are rejoicing right now due to the ''No SD slot'' decision by Samscam.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:46 3

24. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


HTC and Sony ditched the micro sd slot 3 years ago, but i didn't see their sales improving when they added it back a year later.
Samsung picked the right time to ditch it, plus they will offering the 64gb variant as the standard model in many markets.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:08 2

28. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


You're missing the big picture here, so you'd rather pay $200 extra for the added 32 gb of storage or buy a micro SD card that costs just a mere $20 for the 32 GB?

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:20 5

30. maherk (Posts: 3473; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Give me one source that says you have to pay another $200 to get the 64GB variant.
If you didn't only waste your time commenting on this site, you would've seen on the places that Samsung announced it will be offering the 64GB variant as the standard model in many markets.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:47

41. gersont1000 (Posts: 298; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I don't think they'll charge $200 for another 32GB (maybe $50 to 100), but I got my extremely fast 64GB class 10 u3 microSD card from Samsung for $30 on special, I'm using it on my Z3 and I will be able to use it on my next phone. You will have to pay $100 or more to get that, and will have to pay it again on your next phone.

The masses are getting used to phones with no memory card slot, and it's their money so their problem. But I know I won't get it. I did it with the Moto X and I won't do it again unless it's some crazy low price.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:38 3

40. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


It's you that is missing the big picture. The Galaxy S6 uses their new UFS 2.0 internal storage, which is around 30 TIMES faster than any micro SD card you can buy. If you're buying an SD card for live storing HD video, you are pretty much wasting your money. UFS 2.0 is also highly energy efficient. Geek indeed.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:23 2

44. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


FYI I sony is still using the SD cards in all of their Z series they didn't removed it

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:13 3

9. Amir1 (Posts: 338; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


removable battery is so 90's. btw, i quite dislike samsung so don't take me as samsung fanboy cause i'm really not. design and good internal battery life >rest>removable battery. i agree about micro sd slot. it is a must unless you going to offer 128gb as standard - but no company is going to offer that so 32/64gb+micro sd slot is the most balanced option!

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:15 1

10. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


I can't imagine going back to 32 GB or 64 GB when I got used to the 32 + 64 gb set up.....Having a bit of extra storage makes a whole lotte difference

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:53

26. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


You can buy the android phone with 2 SD slot that PA wrote a couple of days back

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:15 1

37. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


Well deteriorating batteries are still the present, unfortunately. Until they aren't, I would like to be able to replace my battery at home.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:05

49. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They may have to remove the sd card if they like to get anywhere near close to samsung mem speed, just removing and only using Apple type mem control will speed up the speed of the mem even if they keep the same type, the sd card interface kills mem speeds even before they add the card to the phone and then that kills it even more and is why Google tryed to remove it some time back

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 15:16

62. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


ITS NOT NEW FOR LG!

LG OPTIMUS G ?

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:12 5

7. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Wow, LG Chief praised Samsung phone. What a good manner from the Korean sibling. Keep it up LG, you and Samsung could destroy Apple this year 2015.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:16

11. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


samsung already destroy apple for the year 2014.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:28 2

17. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


That's true, brother. And this year, Samsung will go on kicking Apple @ss till they go bankrupt.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:33 2

21. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


well,
I don't think Apple will go bankrupt this year.
They have tons of money.
If they do bankrupt this year, Blackberry already a zoombie or a skeleton.

But,
If samsung sell well, and iphone got a presure,
Apple share might dive a bit, and a bit more, and a bit more.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:33 1

20. JMartin22 (Posts: 1937; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


In the hardware yes, but the sales is another story, which is why we see Samsung relentlessly innovating with new hardware technologies they either created or sourced themselves. That work better than the off the shelf garbage that HTC, Sony, and LG use as a generic supplement.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:24

32. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


and I prefer that compared to (both) lazy fruit company that not innovating at all, but charge their customer a lot.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:12 4

8. PANIC (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Competition is always in favour of the customer....I am looking forward to see what LG will offer with the new G4

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:17 2

12. Kumar123 (limited) (Posts: 559; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Awesome LG. Show us what can you do.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:21

14. Biernot (unregistered)


I want Metal !

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:21

15. JohnK (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


I hope to see a few leaks way before April. I would be disappointed if LG had the most secured secrets.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:34

22. KyleRiemen (Posts: 118; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)


Lets hope that radically does not mean "non-removable battery/no microsd-slot".

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 05:51 2

25. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Samsung just basically pulled an Xbox One...all LG has to do is remain the same with slight updated specs to win...

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 11:55

57. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


So you want LG to pull a PS4? That doesn't sound good at all.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:18 1

29. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 779; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Oh God the best sentence Ive read so far from tech articles. It really amazed me how LG chief praised a device/product of their competitor.. given that I know a lot of big companies out there (not phone manufacturers) are commanding their working community to not talk abt other products esp the competition..

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:20 1

31. wared (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


Yesssssss, stereo speakers, ✌

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 06:36

34. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


seriously best comment by lg... let lg unveiled the g4 ist than i decide which one is better pick for me... but to be honestly samsung galaxy s6 edge Green one looks stunning even iPhone can't come close to it...

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:24

38. Chuck007 (Posts: 1053; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Wish it gets released by June so that I'd have to great phones to choose from.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 07:34

39. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Seems a... LG smartphone!

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:14

42. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


That means the g4 will have better ui plus new disign..all lg needs is more marketing and they will see mass growth in the market. The g4 is the only phone that will go head to head with the s6. They both have the technology.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:36

46. F4b14n (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Are those front facing speakers i see? Cant wait for the unveil!

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 08:43 1

47. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Samsung- Homegrown processor in the S6.
LG- Homegrown processor in the G4.
Samsung- New Materials in the S6 and New Touchwiz
LG- New Materials in the G4 and New LG UX.

No Wonder they are purely inspired from Samsung but this is a good move.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:11

50. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


decisions, decisions. I upgrade in July. LG G4 should be out by then...S6 and HTC M9 results/reviews should be solid and plentiful, and the price on the Note 4 should be down quite a bit. being an owner of the Galaxy S4, I'm really, really tempted to run away from samsung. Not because it was a horrible phone, but it's a phone that could have been so much better. HTC ran me away with that crappy thunderbolt/Rezound, but now they seem to have done a 180 since then. I personally don't get the "no sd card, lack of removable battery" point. I have two spare batteries for my S4, and only one time in the last 18 months have I actually had to swap them out. I'm willing to forsake those things for a phone that actually meets it's potential.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:31 1

51. AndrewSF (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


LG is doing the right thing by launching after Samsung's S6 and the Nexus 6. The S6 has received criticism because it got rid of the water resistance feature, and the battery is smaller than the S5 (a measly 2500 mAH). Smaller battery + more pixels = short battery life. The Nexus 6 was slammed for being just too big. LG, listen to the consumers and the G4 could be a monster hit. This is what most people want:

1) QHD is good enough, no need to go higher, if it saves battery life
2) Battery life trumps slimness - it is OK to be as thick as the previous generation, but pack in a higher capacity battery
3) Wireless charging out of the box will be a big deal in 2015
4) A fast and good camera with tons of features, 64-bit, 3-4GB RAM, etc - those are no-brainers.

I'm not so sure about metal vs plastic - show me who doesn't put a big fat case on their $800 investment!

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:34

52. AndrewSF (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


Also, ditch the stylus idea please! 5.1-5.3 inch displays will work well, as the G3 was hurt by being a little too large.

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 12:00

58. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


I thought the display was a good size. In fact, I wish that the S6 had a 5.5" display as well. In these modern times of large phones, I believe that the new "small" size standard would be about 5", like HTC's flagship, "medium" standard size being 5.5", and "large" being 6".

posted on 04 Mar 2015, 10:45

54. GeekMovement (Posts: 2155; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Really looking forward to the G4.

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