LG G4 Pro: Rumors of an October launch and a massive 27-megapixel camera spread

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There are rumors that LG isn’t finished releasing high-end smartphones for 2015. The G4 may occupy the top step in its Android range at the moment, but it could be usurped by a phone currently known as the G4 Pro — a mystery device which may arrive towards the end of the year. Here’s everything we think we know about the G4 Pro so far.

Updated on 06-18-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors regarding an October launch, and a very high-spec camera

G4 spin-off could arrive in October

Rumors about the G4 Pro began back in March, when LG’s Cho Jun-ho was quoted as saying, “We are planning to release a product that stands above the G Series. It will be launched during the second half of this year.” His words came before the LG G4 was official, but after news began to spread LG had decided not to pursue a G Pro 3 phablet, and concentrate on the G4 instead.

Related: Rumors are already starting to spread about the LG G5

Subsequently, in mid-May, a Focus Taiwan report indicated this had all changed. It stated LG planned to continue its “dual flagship” strategy, and would release two high-end smartphones during 2015. We’ve seen the first, the G4, and the second could come after the summer. The report quotes Eason Shao, the director of mobile for LG Taiwan. It may be LG merely postponed work on a new phablet, rather than canceled it entirely.

In mid-June, a report from Russia states the G 4 Pro will be released in October. This could fit in with an announcement during the IFA tech show in Berlin this September. This is a prime site for the G4 Pro’s unveiling, as Samsung usually steals the smartphone limelight with a new Galaxy Note.

Metal body, massive megapixel camera, and big screen all rumored

In the Focus Taiwan report, LG’s Eason Shao said the specification hadn’t been finalized for the new phone. The first hints about the device — including the use of the G4 Pro name — came from ET News in early June. Apparently, LG is looking into fitting the G4 Pro with a metal chassis, using a special press+CNC process, which is slightly different to that used by Apple and Samsung.

It’s not certain LG will go for a metal body on the G4 Pro, and it may choose to try it out on a niche device before going all-out on a major release. Samsung did something similar with the Galaxy Alpha. It’ll also be a departure from the tactile, natural feel promoted with the G4’s real leather rear panel — but there’s no reason why classic and modern styles can’t co-exist in LG’s line-up.

A rumor originating on the Chinese social network Weibo, and spread from Russian site Mobiltelefon.ru in June, says the G4 Pro will be a monster. It speculates the device will have a 5.8-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, and be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor. Slightly less plausibly, a 27-megapixel camera is rumored for the rear of the phone. Again, an all-metal body is mentioned, and these new specs suggest the also-rumored G4 Note and the G4 Pro could end up being one and the same.

We’re sure to hear a lot more about the G4 Pro, and we’ll make sure to keep you fully informed right here.


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