Ahead of its expected launch in June, LG has announced the opening of an invite-only program that will see 200 people in the US and UK get their hands on the Korean manufacturer’s flagship ahead of the retail launch, tied to a broader social media campaign that shows off the real-world impact of the smartphone’s key features.
The key changes to the G4 center on a new leather backing, improved camera module with a 16-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 lens aperture and improved “laser-assisted” autofocus along with improved optical image stabilization. The specifications are otherwise refinements from last year’s G3, with a 5.5-inch quad HD IPS Quantum display, and the phone powered by a heavily-customized Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.
The phone’s camera features a wide aperture of f/1.8 and captures 16 megapixel images. It features laser-assisted focus, improved optical image stabilization, and a color spectrum sensor to read visible and infrared light to help improve color rendition in low-light and daylight images. The phone can also shoot RAW images and capture 4K video. The 3,000mAh battery powering the phone is removable, as well as supporting up to 2TB microSDXC memory cards along with its 32GB of internal storage. The front-facing camera features an 8-megapixel sensor.