LG is preparing to unveil a new flagship device, the LG G4. With an official announcement looming in either April or May, the G4 is speculated to be "radically different" from its predecessor.
However, an image of the device's supposedly early and nonfinal render was recently spotted on Twitter. The post, which was made by @OnLeaks, showed that the G4 had a black covered rear. There is also an indication that the device is slightly curved and that its camera is given a bump. It seems that the rear of the upcoming G4 shows no sign of being different from the rear of the LG G3.
"#Exclusive: Early (non final) #LGG4 Press Render...Dimensions: 148.9x76.5x9.9mm," tweeted OnLeaks.
— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) March 9, 2015
LG, for some reason, decided not to unveil the G4 at the MWC 2015 event in Barcelona and opted instead to make such move in the month of April or even May. The LG G4 is rumored to feature the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop, a Snapdragon 810 chip, a quad-HD display, memory of 3 GB, storage of 16 GB or 32 GB, 16-megapixel camera that has an optical image stabilization capability, and 4K video.
Juno Cho, LG's mobile chief, claimed before that the G4 would be "radically different" from its older siblings. One of these "radical" changes includes a metal-based casing on the device, instead of a polycarbonate version.
The decision to gear toward the said casing seems to be timely, if LG is serious about upgrading on the build quality of its upcoming flagship. The move will certainly keep it aligned with most rival devices, which are covered with metal-made exteriors.
The LG G4 is also presumed to be "bezel" free with a display that measures 5.3 inches. Compared with the G3's 5.5-inch display and 1.15 mm of bezel on either side of its screen, the smaller sized G4 may be an easier device to handle and could look appealing to those who are not so keen on huge displays.
The year 2015 may also be filled with more bendable phones as LG intends to continue what it has started with the LG G Flex and the LG G Flex 2. At the CES 2015 in Las Vegas, LG could have given a glimpse on the LG G4 when it quietly uncovered a three-sided smartphone.
The same year will also see a number of flagship devices that the LG G4 must be prepared to compete against. These include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z4, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.