There was so much right with the LG G3 last year. It was unbelievably powerful, rocked a stunning QHD display and generally was a treat to use with its intelligent physical design. The biggest problem with the Android device was its relatively disappointing battery life – with the high-resolution display sucking the life out of the G3 well before the sun had reached the other end of the horizon. It’s also just one of the problems the G4 is addressing.
The LG G4 retains a lot of the G3’s DNA. It’s still got a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD display, with similar dimensions making it difficult to tell the two flagships apart if you look at them face first. The G4 does feature a slight curve to it, settling in-between the G3 and LG Flex 2. It’s nowhere near as drastic as the Flex, but LG have said that the curve will help keep the phone safer if you happen to drop it.
The panel for the display has been swapped out with what LG is calling a “Quantum IPS” panel, which ticks all the right marketing boxes. It’s said to improve colour accuracy, with 25% more brightness and 50% better contrast when compared to the G3. That brightness also doesn’t come with a price – the new panel is said to improve power efficiency by 11%, which isn’t a whole lot for a phone that could really use it.
The biggest, and most striking, difference has to be the leather backs that the premium versions of the G4 will ship with. LG says each coloured, leather back takes around three months to produce, giving your G4 a much more luxurious finish than the ugly, ordinary plastic backs. Expect to play a little more for them though, as that extensive process is unlikely to be a small fare jump.
Elsewhere the G4 features a slightly improved 16-megapixel camera, which ships with enhanced image stabilization, the same laser focus from the G3 and a new colour spectrum sensor to improve shots in low light. That joins a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 3,000mAh removable battery all wrapped up and bundled to go – with the option to expand storage via a MicroSD slot.
But is it enough to compete with the incredibly diverse, expanding Android space that 2015 has introduced? I’m not too sure, and it seems like LG went the same route as HTC with the G4. It sounds more like a small, incremental update rather than an upgrade akin to, say, the Galaxy S5 and S6. Although I’ll reserve judgment until I actually get to test the device out, with LG beginning shipping in June later this year.
Last Updated: April 29, 2015