LG has started taking pre-orders of their latest Android flagship phone, the LG G4 in India on Tuesday. The official LG G4 page went live on LG India website yesterday. However the page lists a dual SIM (both 4G LTE capable) LG G4 variant only. Similar to last year’s G3 launch campaign, LG is trying to woo the Indian consumers by offering some interesting freebies with G4 pre-orders this year. Those who pre-book the LG G4 now (via LG retail outlets and online stores) will be getting following benefits (or “Smart benefits worth Rs.12000” as LG calls them) –
Free G4 metallic finish back cover worth Rs.2000
Free one time screen replacement worth Rs.6500
Free extra battery with charging cradle worth Rs.3500
By offering these early bird benefits LG is trying to woo the Indian consumers to pre-book the G4. Indian film star Amitabh Bacchan (seen in the photo) is promoting LG G4 in the ongoing advertising campaigns (last year he did the same for LG G3 promotion). As part of the G4 promotion, those who pre-order the phone now, stand a chance to get the device from Amitabh Bacchan himself at promo events to be held later this month across metro cities of India. Pre-order price is not shown at the site but it is said to be Rs.51000 ($810 approx.) according to some retail stores.
From consumer’s point of view, the only catch with “pre-order” is the price which is usually the maximum retail price the phone is launched at. This launch price is obscenely high and slashes steeply, say within a matter of weeks – for example the launch retail price of Samsung Galaxy S6 was Rs.50000 ($800) in India and just after 4 weeks it went down to Rs.40000 ($640). Thus a price-cut is imminent for any phone (especially in the case of high-priced ones) within a month of launch. So if you are not in a hurry and money does matter to you then better wait for a while. This will save you quite a few bucks.