LG optimistic about the LG G4 as its North American and South Korean smartphone sales prosper

LG optimistic about the LG G4 as its North American and South Korean smartphone sales prosper
Life is good for LG! After announcing its new flagship smartphone to much excitement and debate, the Korean company posted its earnings report for the first quarter of 2015. Between January and March, LG's mobile business recorded its highest first-quarter revenues to date. The reported sales revenue of $3.27 billion (KRW 3.6 trillion) is up 5% from last year.

LG Mobile shipped 15.4 million smartphones, enjoying an increase of 26% from Q1 2014. North American sales grew by a good 66% over one year, while Korean sales grew by 57%. LG points at the LG G Flex 2 as its Korean success story, and is optimistic about the new LG G4 strengthening its presence in the premium smartphone market during the second and third quarter. The company announced a 12 million global sales target for the LG G4, up 2 million from the LG G3's 10 million units sold globally.

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18.5h talk time)

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15 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The s6 will make the g4 sweat to stay relevant in sales... But since it has removable battery and memory card slot,it will bound to appeal to a more technical demographic of people until the note 5 comes along.

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

It's not just the tech segment of people that care. The LG announcement pleased many of the mainstream users that I know. Some were tired of paying money for battery repairs and some have hundreds of music selections, pics, business files on their cards that they can easily swap to the new G4. John B.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The phone only has 32GB of internal storage, which sucks hard. MicroSD is nice, but it's also slow and will make your already laggy phone even more laggy.

5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Laggy and buggy? I presume you are from the gaming area of users. I don't know many people that have complained about speed or memory to access Facebook, Twitter and Emails. I commend LG for not following status quo. While 32 gigs may seem anemic, the option to upgrade to more memory at will for far less money, is an attraction for a good amount of mainstream users. We can allocate our storage on our terms and not have to rely solely on the cloud to make our devices function when no internet connection is found. John B.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But when you factor in that it's sporting the same DDR3 RAM from the G3 and slower flash memory, there is a HUGE difference in terms of speeds. On board storage is not only faster but more important since apps can not be moved to SD cards. While SD cards are nice to have, content loads slower. Now I used to be all in for SD cards and was definitely an avid supporter of it. But since I switched to the iPhone and now the S6 has blazing fast flash storage, there's really no going back.

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I'm not sure if if the iPhone has made you rusty or not but, you can save apps to the SD card. Some graphic intense games may not store the full app on the SD but, it doesn't change the fact that it can be done. I do it all the time through the application manager. Again, you may be ignoring my point that most mainstream users favor Facebook, texting, Twitter, emails and picture taking. This doesn't require the speeds that serious gamers look for. Also, most carrier networks don't yet support these speeds anyway. My whole bone of contention is service after the sale. I'm not going to purchase a vehicle that will Nickel and dime me after the warranty is up. While we've enjoyed our last three Samsung S series handsets, my wife and I have experienced charging port and battery issues. We saved a ton of money not having to bring it in to the service center for these things. We were able to nurse the phones until end of contract by using the spare batteries we charged on the desktop charger. I find this invaluable. I also like switching my SD card from my personal phone to the company's business tablet on the fly. There are some arguments that make sense, But, when the industry is making billions of dollars in revenue by forcing people to the cloud or eliminating removable batteries, I find this less attractive when purchasing a phone. It's funny how my friends with no SD cards or removable batteries seem to have more down time and expensive insurance claims with their phones than I do. This says a lot and don't get why tech people don't view this as a detriment for a $900+ phone. I expect less out of a cheaper phone. And It shouldn't be slave to the cloud in order to function at optimal potential. It's your money to spend as you wish, but, trying to convince me to abandon what simply has worked time and again at a cheaper rate, is not condusive to my business and pleasure needs. I have more important things to spend my money on than a phone. Slowly, as the omission of these two options become more scarce, my group, wonder why are they doing this? Why can't we keep these things? Why can't we be in control of our own servicing and storage allocation? These are just questions I hear all the time. It's bad enough we have to jailbreak or root a device to get the most functionality out of it, now options are being taken away as well where we need to purchase third party apps and products to compensate. This is a premium device? Not in my era. John B.

13. zelezo

Posts: 12; Member since: May 30, 2014

Hello, can SD card transfering fires (movies or music) make you sad if it lasts few mins more? GG lol

14. hazydave

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

The SD card memort is for data... and all at slow. Faster than you need for video or photis, much less music, even 192kb/s, 24-bit FLAC files are fine on microSD. This may have the baset camera on any current smartphone, and it shoots raw, but that's useless if you don't have a place to put the files. And limited without a battery swap. Sure, a hardcore gamer is going to want a faster GPU and four A57 cores rather than just two. No device is for everyone. This looks like a nice upgrade from my G2, but not with the leather back. That's just silky.

15. hazydave

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

The SD card memort is for data... and all at slow. Faster than you need for video or photis, much less music, even 192kb/s, 24-bit FLAC files are fine on microSD. This may have the baset camera on any current smartphone, and it shoots raw, but that's useless if you don't have a place to put the files. And limited without a battery swap. Sure, a hardcore gamer is going to want a faster GPU and four A57 cores rather than just two. No device is for everyone. This looks like a nice upgrade from my G2, but not with the leather back. That's just sily.

10. waddup121 unregistered

nice personification bud

4. xanderalmighty

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

the best thing about LG are their pretty models that pose with the phones. Other manufacturers need to take notes!

6. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Had a great experience with my Lg g pad 8.3 tab,will seriously consider the G4 as my next phone..

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

These articles can try to convince otherwise, but it is still Apple, Samsung................and then everyone else. Don't see that changing (at least for a while still).

8. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

It all depende on which kind of sd card you buy...if you buy a cheap brand then the read and write speeds will be slow as hell..but buy Lexar or samsung SD card and it works fast...i dont notice if the sd card slot slows down the phone at all..Go LG..you are gaining more grounds..

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Plan on buying the G4 unless Motorola X3 can impress me with their camera or if Sony release their phones in the U.S. Not sure if I can wait for the NOTE V

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