So far in 2015 we have seen flagship Android smartphones from Samsung and HTC to challenge the dominance of the iPhone 6 at the premium end of the market, but it could be the LG G4 which provides the stiffest challenge for Apple.

Ahead of its expected launch in the coming months, images of what is claimed to be the G4 have been posted online showing a similar design. The images, posted by XDA Developers member s3rv1cet3ch, show a phone which is not radically different from last year's well-received LG G3.

The major update could be the inclusion of a stylus in the top left-hand corner of the rear cover, though as many phones in South Korea sell with TV antennas built-in, this is what we could be looking at here.

The rear of the phone features a similar curved design and the central placement of the camera lens, power and volume buttons are almost identical to last year's model.


The picture likely shows a pre-production model as the details shown on screen suggest the phone is powered by the decidedly mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 processor - it is widely expected to launch with the Snapdragon 810 chip which has been suffering from some issues including overheating.

The LG G4 will come with Android 5.0 as expected but as you can see in the images, this will be skinned with LG's own software interface. The G4 is rumoured to be launched in April but the problems with the Snapdragon 810 chip could push it back to May, which sounds about right considering the G3 was also released in May.