Toady LG has officially introduced LG G4 in India, though the handset already hit retail shelves couple of weeks back, and is selling for a price in the vicinity of 50,000 INR. If you are selling a phone at those high end prices, it needs to be perfect. Let’s see if LG G4 can be that one phone worth craving for.
LG G4 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5.5 Inch Quantum IPS LCD Display with 1440 x 2560 QHD and Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: 1.8 GHz Hexa Core Snapdragon 808 (2 Cortex A57 cores at 1.8 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 Cores at 1.44 GHz) and Adreno 418 GPU
- RAM: 3 GB
- Software Version: Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI
- Primary Camera: 16 MP AF camera with Dual LED Flash, F1.8 Lens, 4K recording
- Secondary Camera: 8 MP, 1080p Videos
- Internal Storage: 32 GB
- External Storage: up to 128 GB
- Battery: 3000 mAh battery, Removable
- Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB OTG, NFC, Infrared port, GPS, GLONASS
LG G4 India Unboxing, Quick Review and Comparison with Galaxy S6 [Video]
Design, Build and Display
Most notable change which you first notice, is a curved display. This didn’t interfere with the way we use our phone, and you don’t have to worry about not liking it at all. Does it add any value? well, in my first day of usage, the curved design makes using the rear key so much better (you can even take screenshots using just one finger). The curved design and display tends to grow on you.
The 5.5 Inch display is a gorgeous panel with great vibrant colors and Quad HD resolution. LG says this is a ‘Quantum IPS LCD display’, with better contrasts and brightness. In our opinion, it is an awesome display close to perfection. The double tab to wake and sleep gesture also works noticeably better on LG G4 then it does on Zenfone 2 (though both lie in completely different league).
LG G4 is perhaps the only high end phone with a removable back cover. This means the textured plastic back cover is replaceable, and you can remove the battery and plugin an SD card too. However, the plastic doesn’t feel as premium as, say, Samsung Galaxy S6. This is in no way a shoddy phone. The plastic used is good quality and the faux leather rear case feels like real leather, and has the advantage of being easily replaceable. We like the LG G4 design, and perhaps the only flaw is presence of speaker grill on the rear side.
Processor and RAM
LG chose Snapdragon 808 instead of Snapdragon 810 in this new flagship phone, as the 810 was bad mouthed, predominantly because of heating issues involved. Was it a wise choice? Yes. The LG G4 is blazing fast even with several apps open simultaneously. Is the heating gone for good? It does get warm time and again, but we haven’t encountered any excessive heating in our one day usage. There is 3 GB RAM on board and since multitasking and performance is smooth, you don’t need to lust for more.
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Camera and Internal Storage
In our initial testing,LG G4 camera is cert at par current generation flagships, which means it is simply awesome. We didn’t expect LG to match the brilliance of Galaxy S6 camera, but what LG has been brewing certainly works. We will still reserve our verdict, but the 16 MP camera with f1.8 lens on top is brilliant. The front Selfie camera seems good too.
Internal storage is 32 GB and around 22 GB is available at user end. For more demanding users, there is a MicroSD card slot which supports up to 128 GB expansion. USB OTG is also supported
User Interface and Battery
As expe 5.1 Lollipop based LG Optimus UX 4.0 UI is loaded with features and the LG Keyboard, which is one of the best out there. We like the UI design and aesthetics, but that remains more of a matter of personal taste. As mentioned, there is much to like here including Dual Windows (2 Apps on one screen), smart settings (automation based on location and other context) and more.
The 3000 mAh battery overcomes the primary flay of LG G3 and renders great standby time and on screen time. You can comfortably last one day on a single charge. Quick charge is supported, but there is no wireless charging. The proposal for QHD display with great performance AND great battery backup seems too good to be true, but if reviews surfacing on the web and our limited experience is to be considered, LG has managed to accomplish this.
LG G4 Photo Gallery
LG G4 seems to be a great phone, totally deserving the high asking price, if you consider the innards and performance. The things you might not like are absence of fingerprint sensor and the plastic back cover, which falls flat when compared to other high end phones. This however, shouldn’t be much of an issue as there is a premium leather back variant too. It looks and feels much better.