The LG G4 is LG’s flagship Android phone for 2015, and it’s a worthy successor to the LG G3, with an excellent 16-megapixel camera, Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. The phone was revealed at the end of April, and is already on sale around the world. Here’s what you need to know about the G4.
Updated on 11-13-2015 by David Curry: Added in the White Gold edition announcement.
White Gold Edition announced
The LG G4 is already a bit outdated, as the V10 launched in the U.S. earlier this month, and we’re already hearing juicy rumors about the G5. However, to draw in some new customers, LG has announced a new white gold edition of the LG G4. It is available in South Korea for $600, where it is targeted at women and younger customers. It is the same device that launched earlier in the year, but with a white finish and gold frame. LG did not say if it would launch the edition in any other regions.
Where is the LG G4 available?
The LG G4 is available at all four major U.S. carriers, as well as a few retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. You can buy the LG 4 from Verizon for $550 full price, $200 with a two-year contract, or $22.95 a month with Verizon Edge.
Related: LG may launch a G4 Mini soon
Sprint and U.S. Cellular offer a bundle with some cool extras, in addition to the G4: a 32GB MicroSD card, an extra 3,000mAh battery, and a battery charging cradle. Sprint customers can pay $25 a month for 24 months with EasyPay, $200 with a two-year contract, or opt for one of two leasing plans.
T-Mobile gave customers who signed up through May 25 a chance to test the G4 before it became widely available. In addition, the carrier exclusively carries the brown leather version of the G4. Preorders for the G4 kicked off on T-Mobile’s site May 27, and early birds got a 128GB MicroSD card as part of the bargain. The G4 is $0 on T-Mobile, with 24 monthly payments of $25.
AT&T also offers the G4 for $0 down on Next 12 with 20 payments of $31.50, on Next 18 for $0 and 24 payments of $26.25, on Next 24 for $0 down and 30 payments of $21, or with a two-year contract for $200.
On May 18, LG put the G4 on sale in Hong Kong, followed by Turkey, Russia, and Singapore. Continuing into June, the G4 arrived in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the world.
In the UK, the G4 can be purchased through online retailer Clove Technology, where the unlocked, SIM-free phone is priced at £500, which is around $790.
What about the G4’s specification?
The G4 has a subtler curve than the LG G Flex 2, and comes with either a plastic rear cover, or a very swish genuine leather option. We’d opt for the latter every time — it looks and feels spectacular compared with the plastic. Here’s the spec:
- 5.5-inch IPS screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution
- Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with 3GB of RAM
- 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie cam.
- Android 5.1
- 32GB of memory, MicroSD card slot
- 3,000mAh removable battery
- 4G LTE
Updated on 06-09-2015 by Malarie Gokey: The G4 is now on sale at all four major U.S. carriers and some retailers.
Updated on 05-28-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added additional carrier release information and pricing.
Updated on 04-28-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added U.S. carrier availability.