LG takes on the competition with a powerful, new flagship.
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Photos: Acquire

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LG's new flagship has arrived and if you're hungry to upgrade your phone, the company has devised a robust feature set that is sure to put the new LG G4 at the top of your wishlist. We recently put some time in with the G4 and came away impressed with an Android phone that may inspire those boys in Cupertino to take a note or two. 

Sleek, Strong, and Sophisticated 

The LG G4's curved 5.5" screen.

The LG G4's curved 5.5" screen.

The first thing you'll notice when you hold the G4 is just how great it feels in the hand, which is an especially impressive feat considering how large the screen is. The slight curve gives the device that ergonomic feel we're talking about and you can't help but notice how sleek that looks aesthetically. Speaking of aesthetics, LG has upped the luxury quotient with swappable backs that come in your choice of genuine leather or a diamond-patterned metallic finish. 

Of course, the phone is more than its sleek exterior. This slim wedge hides a powerful chipset that includes a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.8GHz, 3GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh removable battery, Adreno 418 GPU, 32GB of storage, and up to 2TB of microSD storage. That's plenty of juice to smoothly run all the latest apps and more than enough storage options to store all that 4K footage you're going to shoot. 

Pixels, Pixels, and more Pixels

The display features their IPS Quantum technology for enhanced contrast, colors, and resolution.

The display features their IPS Quantum technology for enhanced contrast, colors, and resolution.

Handset manufacturers go on and on about how great their screens are, but this was one we could not take our eyes off of. The 5.5" IPS Quantum display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 with a pixel density of 538 PPI, which is all you really could ever want for watching movies and seeing your photos the way they were meant to be seen. 

A versatile camera with DSLR-like controls

The 16 megapixel sensor and manual photo controls is a dream for the mobile shooter.

The 16 megapixel sensor and manual photo controls is a dream for the mobile shooter.

With how huge mobile photography is, you're going to want a great camera and the G4 definitely delivers. At the core is a 16 Megapixel sensor for big, high-resolution shots and they've coupled that with an f/1.8 lens, which is perfect for shooting in low-light environments. 

For the selfie crowd, you get an 8 megapixel front camera with an f/2 lens and a front-facing soft light. Even more impressive is the DSLR-like experience that you get when you flip manual mode on. Many of the manual controls you would expect from a full-size camera are available and you have the option to shoot in RAW. Beyond stills, you can capture slow motion video, HD video, and Ultra High Definition 4K. 

You have more than a handful of options when it comes to smartphones, but with its eye for luxury and design, power, and a feature-rich camera, the G4 is offers a total package that'll be hard to ignore when it comes time to choose your next phone.

$199 w/contract, more info at lg.com/g4

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