Update: Either the individual who sent that tweet from before (it was pulled) misspoke or information has changed, because in a press release today T-Mobile officially announced May 27th – so, tomorrow – online availability of the phone with a June 3rd launch in nationwide stores. The carrier in partnership with LG is also throwing in a 128GB SD memory card for free while supplies last, and apparently has an exclusive on the brown leather back plate, so get on it!
LG and T-Mobile have set off on a nationwide tour of the United States to promote the newly announced LG G4, and it appears that this tour has now brought us a firm date for the device’s in-store launch on the country’s third-largest carrier. In a conversation between the Twitter account of LG’s Preview Tour and a prospective customer, LG said the following in response to a question about availability on AT&T:
It’s not clear whether the tweet was confirming availability on AT&T or T-Mobile, or both, but considering that the Twitter account is part of a promotional campaign between T-Mobile and LG, we have to assume they’re confirming a launch date for the Magenta network.
All the major U.S. carriers have committed to selling the device—Sprint and US Cellular have pledged to start selling it in June (you can pre-register on Sprint here)—but this is the first time we’ve heard a hard timeline for nationwide availability from any carrier.
Pricing for the G4 also hasn’t been officially announced but LG said it will be priced similarly to its predecessor, the G3, when that device first launched. The G3 launched at around $200 with a contract and $600 unlocked.
Also, thanks to sharp eyes at PhoneArena, we’ve learned that if you look at the rulebook for Sprint’s giveaway of the G4, you see the following: “eight (8) potential winners will each receive one (1) LG G4 Smartphone. The estimated Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize is $600.00.” So it’s safe to say that this assumption of it being priced like the G3 is correct.
The LG G4 already launched in South Korea, on April 29th. It sports a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 16-megapixel rear facing camera, and a 5.5-inch display with a 1440p resolution. The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG’s UX 4.0 skin on top.