New LG G4C shares the G4’s name, but not its amazing screen or camera

It’s only just about to go on sale, but the LG G4 already has its first two siblings, the G4C and the G4 Stylus. The G4C has been rumored for a few weeks, and is a mini version of the G4, along the same lines as the G3 Beat/G3 Vigor from last year. Here’s what you need to know about LG’s latest mini wonder.

The phone shares a similar design to the G4, but technically has much more in common with the LG Magna, announced earlier this year during Mobile World Congress. That means it’s a mid-range phone without the Quad HD screen and amazing camera. Sadly, the G4C doesn’t get a leather rear panel option like the G4 either, and is available with plastic, metallic-look covers in gold, white, or grey. LG’s usual rear mounted controls are fitted below the camera lens, and the speaker grille matches that found on the Magna, rather than the G4.

Don’t expect to find a 16-megapixel camera on the G4C. It has an 8-megapixel camera without the laser autofocus seen on the G3, G4, and the G4 Stylus. Around the front is a 5-megapixel selfie cam. The IPS screen measures 5-inches, has a 720p resolution, and displays Android 5.0 Lollipop complete with LG’s user interface over the top. The good news here is the phone has Knock Code — where a double tap of the screen wakes up the phone — and the new Glance view, seen on the G Flex2.

A 1.2GHz quad-core chip of unknown origin powers the phone, which could turn out to be the same MediaTek MT6582 used in the Magna, along with 1GB of RAM. The G4C connects to 4G LTE networks, has 8GB of internal memory, a MicroSD card slot, and a removable 2540mAh battery. All this matches the Magna, but at the moment there’s no mention of a dual-SIM slot, which is a major feature on the slightly older phone.

LG hasn’t confirmed where the G4C will go on sale, saying only that announcements will be made in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated here with more release news as it comes.

VISIT PAGE TWO FOR ALL THE RUMORS REGARDING THE G4C’S LAUNCH

Rumors are gathering about a smaller, less powerful, and probably more affordable version of the LG G4. LG released the G3 Beat (also known as the G3 S, and the G3 Vigor) several months after the G3 back in 2014, so to pull the same trick with the G4 seems entirely plausible. Here’s what we think we know about the phone so far.

Updated on 05-13-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in a leaked Vodafone document showing the G4 Mini, and further rumors regarding the camera.

LG G4 Mini Vodafone LeakAccording to a report published by WinFuture, the phone will be named the G4C and will feature a very similar spec sheet to the G3 Beat. Sadly, this means it won’t even come close to the G4’s impressive hardware. A leak supposedly originating from Vodafone in Hungary lists an LG G4 Mini for release soon, so the name may not be finalized yet.

The G4’s camera is a major standout feature, but the first rumors point to the G4C having a far more basic 8-megapixel camera on the rear, without the laser autofocus or the clever color sensor.

However, sources speaking to Tech2.hu say the camera will have 13-megapixels on the rear, which would be an improvement, but it’s said the camera won’t get the G4’s improved OIS feature. The leaked picture shows only an LED flash next to the lens, which is fitted above a set of rear-mounted controls. The front camera may have 5-megapixels.

LG G4c Leak

The screen is tipped to measure 5-inches, the same as the G3 Beat and half an inch smaller than the G4, with a 720p resolution. This is considerably lower than the G4’s 2560 x 1440 pixel count. However, there’s no information whether it’ll feature any of LG’s clever IPS Quantum technology to improve its looks. A Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor may provide the power, but a Snapdragon 615 is also being rumored.

Other possible features include 4G LTE, NFC, Android Lollipop, plus 8GB of internal storage space and a 2,540mAh battery. It’s not known if the G4C/G4 Mini will also have the G4’s ability to increase the storage using a MicroSD card, and swap out the battery. The design, at least from the leaked picture, appears to be very similar to the G4 and the recently launched LG Magna, with a slight curve to the body, and the same metallic-look great panel. We’ll have to wait and see if LG decides to make leather rear covers for the G4C.

It may not be long until LG officially reveals the G4C/G4 Mini. It’s rumored the phone will be announced at the beginning of June, and cost around 280 euros, or $310.

Article originally published on 05-11-2015

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