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LG G4 live blog

LG will be officially unveiling its newest phone, the LG G4, at a press conference in New York City. CNET is covering the event live.

  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:19:22 PM
    showing specially-stitched leather: it looks nice from the photos.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:19:28 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:19:38 PM
    LG has a proprietary treatment to the leather that makes it more durable than the standard luxury goods. The details go down to the threads, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:19:55 PM
    Over time, the leather will take on different characteristics, he says.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:20:17 PM
    The backs are easily removable, at least, so you could add other designs.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:20:27 PM
    The plastic versions have a diamond pattern. LG worked to make it feel like it wasn't plastic.
  • Andrew Hoyle 4/28/2015 3:20:34 PM
    Interesting side note: luxury car maker Bentley uses leather of such high quality in its products that it only uses cows from farms that don't use barbed wire fences which could damage the hides.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:20:46 PM
    Now we're seeing how a fine leather phone is made.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:20:56 PM
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:20:59 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:21:15 PM
    A video plays with Colby Brown, a landscape photographer, who talks about the G4 camera.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:21:44 PM
    The LG G4 offers many advantages of a professional grade camera, Brown touts.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:22:05 PM
    LG has a manual mode which allows you to customize ISO, white balance, and shutter speed.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:22:23 PM
    I personally tend to use the auto mode a lot on my DSLR, so I probably wouldn't use it.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:22:42 PM
    Full manual controls look promising. That's been an increasing trend in phone cameras. Agree, Roger: these extras intimidate me.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:22:51 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:22:59 PM
    LG says its laser auto focus allows you to focus in 0.276 seconds.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:23:05 PM
    The phone camera can launch in 0.6 seconds.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:23:18 PM
    G4's camera also promising to be a lot faster, and better in low-light conditions. Sensor and aperture changes.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:23:24 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:23:35 PM
    You can double tap in the rear key to turn on the camera, it's called Quick Shot. And it's basically the same as Samsung's own quick access to camera (you tap the home button twice on the GS6).
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:23:54 PM
    Now on the F number. The smaller, the better.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:24:08 PM
    The G4 is F 1.8, while Samsung's GS6 has a F 1.9 camera.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:24:30 PM
    An F 1.8 camera lets in 80 percent more light than a F2.4 camera found on most phones, Lee says.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:24:38 PM
    80% more light in the larger F 1.8 aperture.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:24:40 PM
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:24:59 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:25:07 PM
    The image sensor is also 40 percent bigger. All of this means better photos in low-light conditions.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:25:28 PM
    The onboard optical image stabilization is also improved: extra axis added.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:25:34 PM

    better image stabilization...

  • Andrew Hoyle 4/28/2015 3:25:57 PM
    The 40 percent larger image sensor on the camera sounds really interesting although the Panasonic CM1 is the only smartphone around that has an impressive 1-inch sensor. Keen to see how the G4 compares.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:26:22 PM
    LG's OIS 2.0 means there are stabilization in three kinds of axis (X,Y, and Z). The standard OIS uses X and Y axis.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:26:27 PM
    This a camera you'll want to test in dark bars and moody twilights.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:26:46 PM
    LG lists competitor A and competitor B in side-by-side comparison shots. Those would be Apple and Samsung.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:27:11 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:27:11 PM
    Lee touts the color spectrum sensor, which recognizes light and objects to detect better color. It reads RGB light and infrared light.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:27:36 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:27:37 PM
    LG touts it as the world's first color spectrum sensor for a smartphone camera.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:27:54 PM
    The G4 camera can automatically adjust color temperature, white balance for more natural photos.
  • Scott Stein 4/28/2015 3:28:10 PM
    A new color spectrum sensor: according to LG, helps get elements in scene
    to have the right color tones.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:28:21 PM
    In a cloudy scene, the normal phone camera struggles because of the different lighting, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:28:32 PM
    He shows up another comparison of three photos, with the G4 showing more accurate colors.
  • Sarah Tew 4/28/2015 3:28:45 PM
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:29:08 PM
    Lee talks about the manual mode, which allows you to save photos in RAW format or JPG. You can adjust ISO, white balance and shutter speed, he says.
  • Roger Cheng 4/28/2015 3:29:26 PM
    The best camera is the one you have with you at that time, he says. The G4 is a legitimate option if you don't have your DSLR, he adds.
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