LG introduces the G4, looking to compete with the Galaxy S6

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LG has become one of the top manufacturer of Android devices over the last several years, and the South Korean company looks to continue its momentum with today’s announcement of its latest flagship phone, the G4. Coming several weeks after the release of Samsung‘s latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and the One M9 from HTC, the G4 brings some of the latest mobile technology to LG’s G series of devices.

The 5.5″ quantum IPS LCD screen has Quad HD resolution (538 ppi). The rear camera is 16 MP with laser autofocus and image stabilization with an 8 MP front-facing camera. Internally, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot that supports up to 2TB cards. The removable battery weighs in at 3,000 mAh. It ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop and has the latest in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

As has become the norm with LG’s phones, it is slightly curved — an ergonomically-shaped body, according to LG’s press materials — and has the power and volume buttons on the back of the device, underneath the camera. The phone comes with an optional leather back cover in brown or black. If you prefer a plastic back cover, you have the choice of metallic gray or ceramic white.

Here’s a look at the specs:

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with X10 LTE
Operating system Android 5.1 Lollipop
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
Storage 32 GB eMMC ROM, microSD card up to 2 TB
RAM 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Rear camera 16 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture / OIS 2.0
Front camera 8 megapixels with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 3,000 mAh removable
Size 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3-9.8 mm
Weight 155 grams
Network 4G / LTE / HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G)
Connectivity Wifi 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.1LE / NFC / USB 2.0

No date or pricing information was revealed, but it will be available at all major U.S. carriers — AT&TVerizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. Full details about the phone can be found at LG’s official site here.

So how does it stack up against the latest competition from Samsung and HTC? I’d place it in between those companies’ flagships. I’d say it’s better than the M9 but falls short of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

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