Report: LG G4 to rock metal body, LG UX 4.0

Report: LG G4 to rock metal body, LG UX 4.0The dust has just about settled on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 launches, but there’s another huge smartphone debut set to take place in the second quarter of 2015, namely the LG G4.

Last we heard LG was taking its time getting the G4 right, and now we’re told the G4 will be “radically different” – that’s according to a report from the manufacturer’s home turf.

Credit goes to The Korea Times, which in turn credits, er, no one, when it says the LG G4 will have a “major overhaul in surface design”; it’s likely referring to previous rumours, though nothing’s certain just yet.

That overhaul will possibly include a move from the G3’s “brushed” metal finish, to a full-on metal design with the G4.

LG exec Cho Juno did, however, dish some official dirt, in an interview at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona.

For starters, he says LG will follow Samsung’s lead, moving away from Qualcomm and adopting its own in-house processors. However, it might be a little early to ditch Qualcomm completely, especially on a high-profile, high-volume phone like the LG G4.

"We do have a lot of issues that need to be addressed,” concedes Cho. “But second- and third-generation processors will be much better.”

Cho adds: "We will announce LG UX 4.0 before announcing the LG G4. I think it is simply the best and the issue is how to best fit the new UX system into the G4 smartphone.”

The manufacturer isn’t talking dates just yet, but consensus seems to be that the LG G4 launch will go down in April, which still gives them 4-8 weeks to get things in order.

Looking ahead, LG aims to become the world’s number-three smartphone manufacturer in 2015, leapfrogging Huawei and Lenovo, and stiff-arming Xiaomi.

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