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LG G4 Starts Shipping This Week... But Not Yet In The U.S.

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People who have been holding out for the release of the LG G4 will soon be able to buy the stylish, new Android flagship soon, but not soon enough for those who live in the U.S.

The South Korean electronics maker, which has built something like a cult following for its impressive handsets, announced in a press release that the G4 will be launching officially this week. The first lucky customers to be able to purchase their new handset will be in Hong Kong, followed by Turkey, Russia, and Singapore. Unfortunately, buyers in the U.S. may have to wait until June to get their hands on the hand-crafted leather-bound smartphones.

The rest of the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, will also have to wait until next month for the G4 to arrive on their shores. Once LG has completed the international release of its new flagship smartphone, around 180 mobile carriers around the world will be offering the device.

In the U.S., all four major wireless carriers and U.S. Cellular announced they will be selling the G4 in their stores once the shipments of the phone arrive. Verizon has confirmed that it will be selling the G4 Verizon version, equipped with HD calling, in black and white non-leather variant, while Sprint says it will sell the metallic gray and black leather variants of the G4. AT&T only announced the G4 but with no other details, while T-Mobile is currently giving away a brand new G4 to lucky random customers now until May 25.

So far, the G4 is amassing positive early reviews from journalists who were given review models. Among the remarkable features mentioned include a great 16-megapixel camera with F1.8 aperture that takes high-quality pictures, an expansive Quantum Display that offers better color reproduction, higher brightness and greater contrast, and a big 3,000mAh battery to keep the smartphone running throughout the entire day.

It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and is powered by the Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm.

"The LG G4 is our most ambitious smartphone yet because it is unlike any other flagship mobile phone on the market today," says LG CEO and president Juno Cho. "Our vision is to create our own set of standards without worrying about what trend other smartphones are following. We think we have a winning formula because the initial reaction to the G4 has been tremendously positive." 

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