LG G4 - what we know already

So often as we close in on a date for an upcoming release of a flagship device, the rumours start flying.

I try to steer as clear of rumours as a general rule.  They're unfounded, often wrong, and usually just lead to letting us all down in the end (they often promise the moon and beyond).

Well, here's what we DO know about the LG G4 that's going to be announced on April 28th.

UX 4.0

So, yeah, there's a brand new version of their user experience coming.  The version for the G3 really stepped up the game with some neat features that showcased some features that had some great fore-thinking, like letting you know about birthdays, contacts, weather etc...

UX 4.0 will expand on that 'personalized experience' that the G3 had and then a few others features like letting you have 'manual mode' on your camera.

For more information see the press release below

Version
Main Features
User Benefit
UX 1.0
Quick Memo, QSlide
Efficient management
UX 2.0
KnockON, KnockCodeTM
Greater convenience
UX 3.0
Gesture Shot, Touch & Shoot
Easier and simpler usage
UX 4.0
Camera Manual Mode, Smart Notice
Personalized user experience

16MP f/1.8 camera lens + 8MP front

For those photo enthusiasts, you'll note that the small the f-stop, means that it has a wider aperture... in plain English you'll be allowing MORE LIGHT into every shot.  What that means that you can get brighter pictures where there's less light available.  Normally, to compensate you'd have to have the shutter open longer, leading to 'drag', or blur in your photos.

See the video below to see that it's one of the only things they actually mention about the device.

LG Innotek has just announced that the sensor will be 16MP, and due to the f/1.8 it'll let in 80% more light than the G3

What we don't know?
Date available, carriers it'll be on, cost, screen size (we can assume they'll keep the QuadHD), processor, RAM, storage, battery, what it's made out of, etc...


Press Release from LG

SEOULApr. 7, 2015 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced that its newest mobile user interface, LG UX 4.0, will be featured on the upcoming LG G4 to be unveiled at the end of the month. The upgraded user experience promises to be simpler and more intuitive and will better understand and respond to the needs of each user.

Since Quick Memo and QSlide were first introduced on the Optimus G in 2012, LG has introduced major UX enhancements every year with each G Series flagship smartphone:

Version
Main Features
User Benefit
UX 1.0
Quick Memo, QSlide
Efficient management
UX 2.0
KnockON, KnockCodeTM
Greater convenience
UX 3.0
Gesture Shot, Touch & Shoot
Easier and simpler usage
UX 4.0
Camera Manual Mode, Smart Notice
Personalized user experience

Up until now, UX enhancements have generally focused on delivering greater convenience to all users. With the new LG UX 4.0, the focus shifts toward providing more optimized and intuitive convenience to each individual at every user level for optimal enjoyment of their LG device.

Simpler and More Intuitive to Use
First of all, LG has created a smoother user experience by simplifying the design of the user interface and making features simpler to use by eliminating many redundant configuration steps. For example, Quick Shot is a new feature that allows users to take pictures quickly by double-tapping the phone's Rear Key even while the display is off. And the improved Smart Bulletin automatically aggregates vital information from multiple apps on the same page for maximum convenience.

A Wider Range of Specialized Choices
UX 4.0 also gives users a wider range of options based on their own preferences and interests. The new camera offers three user modes — Simple, Basic and Manual — to meet the needs of all types of photographers, from amateurs to expert shutterbugs. Simple Mode does all the hard work automatically and still delivers great photos. Manual Mode features a suite of modules and options for full creative control that would impress even the most experienced photographer.

The improved calendar also offers more choices by giving users the ability to select and organize individual events posted insocial media accounts by simply dragging and dropping appointments. The new calendar allows you to get more done with less typing by simply touching and gesturing.

Smarter UX That Understands You
The improved Smart Notice on LG UX 4.0 promises to provide more personalized notifications for weather, travel and more by analyzing a user’s daily routine and travel schedule and combining this information with the user’s lifestyle habits. Auser who enjoys a game of hoops may receive a notification that says, “The weather will be mostly sunny today. It’s the perfect weather to get out and play basketball.”

Another example of greater customization in LG UX 4.0 can be seen in the Gallery, which can create event-specific albums based on the location and time each photo was taken. This intelligent customization goes even further with the Ringtone ID, which automatically composes a unique ringtone for every caller in the user’s favorite contact list.

“LG UX 4.0 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use the G4 with both new and improved features that intelligently accommodate each individual user,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We will continue to better understand our customers so we can continue delivering innovations for a better life through our human-centric approach.”

To see the simpler, more intuitive LG UX 4.0 in action and to better understand how this smarter human-centric mobile interface understands users better, view the video now at http://youtu.be/Quo5E0xysXU.

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Seoul, Korea, Apr. 09, 2015 – LG Innotek, a leading global components and materials manufacturer, announced the development of a groundbreaking 16MP camera module with an aperture of f/1.8, making it LG Innotek’s widest aperture camera developed for a smartphone. The advanced camera module began mass production at LG Innotek’s plant this week and will be unveiled to consumers for the first time in the LG G4 later this month.

The advanced design of the camera module means that it receives 80 percent more light than in the highly praised camera found on the LG G3. More light means better looking images in low light environments and less blur when shooting action and fast moving objects. Large apertures on smartphone cameras has been challenging to develop due to the complexity and size of developing modules that must fit in the very limited space of today’s smartphones.

Furthermore, in response to the explosive growth of selfies, LG Innotek developed an 8MP front-facing camera module, its highest resolution for a front camera to date. This high resolution module’s ultra-thin IR filter keeps infrared light from entering the camera lens, giving images taken with the front camera more natural and accurate colors. The 0.11mm thin filter is roughly half the thickness of competing IR filters.

“At LG Innotek, we are constantly working to ensure that the cameras we develop allow users to capture and preserve the moments that are most special to them,” said Ung-beom Lee, CEO of LG Innotek. “We are extremely excited to see our technology in LG’s next flagship smartphone because we believe that the power, precision and operability of our camera module will clearly make an impression on consumers.”


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