Reports surfaced on Sunday suggest that LG Electronics will launch an enhanced version of their G4 smartphone later this year, similarly to how Apple and Samsung do for their iPhone and Galaxy models. The new model would significantly upgrade the G4 in several areas, including camera and processor.
The newest rumor has reportedly originated on popular Chinese social media site Weibo, and is quoted as coming from someone “familiar with the LG Supply chain”. It follows up previous rumors of an upgraded version which LG would allegedly plan do to disappointing sales of the G4. The LG G4 was just released worldwide earlier this month, but many tech review sites considered it to be less of a standout than 2014’s LG G3.
The leak apparently claims that the G4’s rear-facing camera, already one of the most technically proficient on the market, would increase the pixel count from 16 to 27-megapixel, closing on the count of some professional cameras if true. It is unknown whether LG will cut down on other features to increase the number of megapixels, but even so it might amount towards being the most powerful mobile camera on the market.
Analysts are pointing that a such a high pixel count might indicate a dual-camera setup similar to that of the older HTC One M8 model, which would mean that the phone would use two cameras on its rear – one for capturing the image normally and another one specialized in depth perception, offering the user a very high focus range which he could alter.
Another technical specification leak says that the new LG G4 Pro would use the latest version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 octa-core chipset, which would have it compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 that use similar processors.
The phone’s display would also reportedly be increased from 5.5 to 5.8 inches, allowing for a larger screen than Apple’s iPhone 6 plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. It is unknown though where it would stand in relation to the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, as there are no reports that would hint to the future tablet’s size.
The South Korean company has not commented on these rumors as of yet, but if they turn out to be true, it might mount up a serious challenge for Samsung and Apple. Presuming it keeps features such as removable batteries and expandable storage space, which even Samsung have recently relinquished amid heavy criticism, might draw enough of the market searching for both functionality and advanced specs to make it the first serious contender to the big two since HTC.
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