LG unveils mid-range variants of the G4
Last year's LG G3 was followed up by several mid-range handsets bearing similar names. And it looks like the company is happy to repeat the trick again in 2015, with the South Korean firm revealing details of two new lower specification smartphones to complement the LG G4 flagship.
First there's the LG G4 Stylus, which is a larger, less powerful version of the G4 complete with (you've guessed it) a stylus. The screen measures 5.7 inches across, slightly larger than the 5.5-in G4, but the resolution drops to HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) rather than Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels).
Inside there's a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 13 MP camera (LTE version) or a 1.4 GHz octa-core CPU and 8 MP camera (3G version). Both editions come with a 5 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
The second new handset is the LG G4c, mixing the specifications of the Stylus models (a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 8 MP camera) while dropping the pointing device. The screen size shrinks to 5 inches, but the HD 720p resolution stays intact. The other specifications are the same though the battery drops to 2,540 mAh.
Don't expect to top any benchmarking charts with these devices but they do at least offer value for money. Android 5.0 Lollipop is on board, complete with LG UX 4.0 and its wealth of features (including a Quick Shot option that lets you snap a photo outside of the Camera app with one button press). The Laser Autofocus system carried by the LG G3 and LG G4 is here too, so these phones should be capable of taking decent photos.
The G4 Stylus will be available in Silver or White, while the G4c will come in Gray, White or Gold. LG hasn't confirmed prices or market availability yet – other than to say they'll be "exceptionally priced" – but we would expect these mid-range phones to be available in most places around the world.