LG G4, Officially Launched in the Philippines : Dual SIM, Genuine Leather Back Version Sells for Php 32,990

LG G4, the Korean electronics company's 2015 flagship smartphone, has been available for pre-order in the Philippines since May 16, 2015 but it was only last Thursday - May 28 - that LG officially introduced it to bloggers and members of the media via an exclusive event held at the Main Theatre of Solaire Resort and Casino in Entertainment City Manila.

Mark Milan Macanas

During the event, our friends from LG Electronics talked about the key features and capabilities of the LG G4 and likewise introduced the celebrities and personalities endorsing the device.

LG G4 Philippines

Mr. Jay Won - LG Mobile Philippines Vice President - shared, "From the design to the camera to the display to the user experience, the LG G4 is undoubtedly the most ambitious phone LG has ever created, promising world-class performance and no disappointment."

LG G4 Philippines

As a top-of-the-line release, LG G4 represents the very best design elements, imaging capabilities, and user interface enhancements that the Korean technology giant could have given a smartphone thus far. Later, I'll talk about the handset's key features and main selling point in detail.

LG G4 Launch Philippines
LG G4 endorsers posting for a groufie taken using the phone's 8 MegaPixel front facing cam.

LG G4 Leather Back Covers
Genuine Leather feels great to touch.

As explained wonderfully by Miss Faith Mijares - Product Marketing Manager of LG Mobile Philippines - during the launch, one of the defining or distinguishing design characteristics of the LG G4 is its eye-catching back cover, which is available in two finishes. First, we have the handcrafted, vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather in three attractive colors, which is not only environmentally-friendly but also luxurious.

LG G4 Plastic Back Covers

And second, there's the LG G4 with the equally eye-catching polycarbonate back covers that are available in Ceramic White with 3D patterns, artisan-forged Black Titan and lustrous Shiny Gold.

LG G4 flaunts a 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display, which is thinner than your regular IPS panels and delivers more vivid colors and more crisp details. This is another defining feature of the LG G4, setting it apart from other high-end offerings of the brand.

LG G4's face or screen is ever so slightly curved inwards. In fact, the curvature is so little that I doubt if too many consumers would even notice it.

The G4’s design is defined by - what the company calls - Slim Arc, which runs along its entire body, highlighted by the display's subtle curvature. According to LG, "More than just a design accent, Slim Arc offers more durability than a flat smartphone in face-down drops and gives the smartphone a more comfortable and secure feel in the hand."

This design language is based largely on the extremely attractive 'Floating Arc' look of the 2014 TechPinas Badge of Excellence Awardee, LG G3.

LG is particularly proud about the top-notch imaging capabilities that they have given the G4. The 16 MegaPixel camera at the back has a f/1.8 aperture which lets in up to 80% more light than other competing smartphones in its price echelon. Paired with a large image sensor, optical image stabilization, and manual control mode, such aperture allows the handset's main cam to deliver brilliant shots with great detail even in low light settings.

LG G4 sports the latest version of the company's signature RearKey at the back, which combines the volume rocker and the power button in the convenient spot where your index finger usually rests when holding the phone. Above that, you will find the camera module flanked by the laser focus sensor on the left and the LED flash plus the color spectrum sensor for perfect white balance on the right.

As for the handset's internal hardware specifications, the LG G4 runs its UX-skinned Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with a Hexa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset, handles multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and has 32 GB of expandable storage. This flagship model is powered by a 3,000 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, which LG made removable -- 'as requested by consumers', the company said.

Check out more photos that I took from the LG G4 Philippine Launch event entitled "See the Great, Feel the Great".

Joey Mead King
The handset introduction and the whole programme was hosted by Asia's Next Top Model mentor, Miss Joey Mead-King.

Mark Milan Macanas, Pia Wurtzbach
With LG G4 Ambassador: 2015 Binibining Pilipinas Universe, Miss Pia Wurtzbach

Mark Milan Macanas, Alvin Patrimonio, Japeth Aguilar
PBA Star Player, Mr. Japeth Aguilar (who's a fellow Atenean) and PBA Legend, Mr. Alvin Patrimonio who are both also endorsing the LG G4.

Mark Milan Macanas, Niccolo Cosme
With the award-winning photographer, Mr. Niccolo Cosme, who presented a video during the event showing how the LG G4 enables users to be great by sharing their skills with others.

LG G4 will be available at all LG Concept Stores and authorized retail partners nationwide starting this June 2015. All genuine leather back models will sell for Php 32,990 while those with polycarbonate back cover will go for only Php 31,990. Note that all official LG G4 variants that will be launched in the country have Dual SIM capability.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name LG G4 Philippines
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
Weight 155 grams
Available Colors Leather Brown, Leather Red, Leather Black ~ Grey, White, Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI
Display 5.5 inches (~538 ppi pixel density), 1440 x 2560 pixels, IPS Quantum, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Hexa-Core = Dual Core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 + Quad Core 1.44 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Adreno 418 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset
Internal Storage 32 GB, expandable via microSD card, supports up to 128 GB (200 GB, according to LG)
Camera Main: 16 MegaPixel, 5312 x 2988 pixels, Face Detection, Laser Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, Dual LED (Dual Tone) Flash, 1/3'' Sensor Size, Simultaneous Video and Image Recording, Geo-Tagging, HDR
Front: 8 MegaPixels, f/2.0 aperture
Video Capture Main: 2160p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, HDR, Stereo Sound Recording, Video Stabilization
Front: 1080p 30fps
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DviX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMV, MP3, WAV, FLAC, eAAC+, WMA player
Ports microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K), USB On-The-Go, USB Host, 3.5mm Audio Jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE ,apt-X, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Rear Key, Quad HD Display, 8 MegaPixel Front Cam, Unique Leather Finish
Announcement Global: April 28, 2015
Philippines: June 2015, Pre-Order ~ May 15 to 31, 2015
Availability Philippines: May 28, 2015
Price Official SRP:
LG G4 Genuine Leather Variant – Php 32,990
Available Colors for Genuine Leather: Brown, Black, Red

LG G4 Metallic Finish – Php 31,990
Available in Shiny Gold, Black Titan, Ceramic White