LG G4 ready to take on Samsung with leather, batteries, curves

Next week, LG will finally be unveiling its star contender for this year and it undoubtedly believes it has a winning formula. Truly, the LG G4 would have the best of the best components around, but, as Apple and now Samsung have proven, design can go a long way when it comes to drumming up hype, interests, and hopefully sales. In that regard, the G4 does have a few tricks up its sleeves leaning towards "design", with some of them seemingly taking a jab at its biggest rival, Samsung.

Just when Samsung has finally moved away from plastic and faux leather and into metal, LG has taken a different yet equally radical route. It has actually gone full, genuine leather. Whether that will do wonders for the phone's cleanliness after months of use still needs to be seen, but leather has always been a hallmark of luxury and prestige, a material so far only found in expensive luxury smartphones. LG G4 buyers won't have to pay more just get that, and in several colors in fact. Whether the rest of the phone's body remain plastic or also switch to metal remains to be seen. This new teaser shows just how serious LG is about its "genuine leather" spiel.

LG is also doing something opposite of what Samsung did for the Galaxy S6. For the sake of design, Samsung has cut out one of its most popular features: removable batteries. The G4, on the other hand, will still come with the same convention, it is believed. It will even come with a larger 3,000 mAh battery, which is a substantial jump from the Galaxy S6's 2,550 mAh.

And finally, LG will also be bringing out the curves. No, the G4 won't be as bent as the G Flex2, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your take. But it will still be noticeable, if only very subtly. Exact figures aren't out, but the latest leak says the curve will be around 7000R, which means that if you were to form a full circle using the LG G4, it would make a circle with a radius of 7000 mm. In comparison, the G Flex2 has a 700R curve. The higher the number, the less curved it is.

Of course, we can't forget the other features that LG has been incessantly teasing the past weeks, including the 16 megapixel rear camera that has an f/1.8 aperture, a small but, according to a professional photographer, substantial 0.1 difference from Samsung's equally large 16 megapixel shooter but with a smaller f/1.9 opening. Luxurious, eccentric, and yet still user-friendly. That seems to be the tune that LG is singing and we will know on 28th April if the crowd will be singing along with it.

VIA: Business Korea