Seoul, Korea – LG is on the brink of rolling out its flagship G4 smartphone in the U.S., and as it did last year with its G3 flagship, the company will offer variants featuring many flagship features at a lower price point.
The latest G4 variant is the 5-inch G4c, a smaller and less expensive version of the 5.5-inch G4, the company announced. It will join the G4 Stylus, a 5.7-inch phone equipped with a stylus. Called the G Stylo in the U.S., the Stylus was unveiled last week by Sprint and in late April by T-Mobile. Both the G4c and G4 Stylus are LTE-equipped Android 5.0 Lollipop phones.
“The G4 Stylus and G4c are perfect examples of what we mean by a premium smartphone experience without a premium price,” claimed Juno Cho, president/CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
Last year, LG brought a smaller version of the flagship G3 to the U.S., calling it the G3 Vigor and selling it through AT&T and Sprint. U.S. plans for the new compact model, the G4c, haven’t been determined, the company said.
Also last year, LG introduced the 5.5-inch G3 Stylus, which lacked LTE. It didn’t come to the U.S.
The compact G4c features 5-inch 720p IPS display with 294 PPI, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD card slot, 8-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 2,540mAh removable battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0. G4-like features include Gesture Shot, Glance View, and Knock Code. It will be available globally in gray, white and gold.
In contrast, the G4 flagship, unveiled last month, is the industry’s first phone with hexacore processor, incorporating Qualcomm’s 64-bit 1.6GHz Snapdragon 808. It also packs D-SLR camera capabilities, 5.5-inch quantum-dot-like IPS Quantum display, and 3,000mAh removable battery. It will become available in the U.S. starting late this month.
The Stylo is available with Sprint’s Boost Mobile prepaid service, will be available June 7 with the Sprint Prepaid service brand, and will be available June 12 with Sprint postpaid service. T-Mobile said it will offer the Stylo “soon.”