LG is the last of the big-name Apple challengers to reveal its 2015 flagship phone.
The LG G4,
unveiled yesterday at swanky launch events in London and New York this week, comes amid much hype and at a time when its competitors have released devices which set the standard higher than it’s ever been.
So, can the LG G4 match up to its
ace G3 predecessor?
And does its spec sheet take it beyond the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and HTC’s One M9?
Read on we’ll tell you everything you need to know to make up your mind.
Alternatively, check out our video hands-on at the foot of the page 1 Screen dream
Specs-wise, not a huge amount has changed from last year’s G3. But the biggest improvement clearly comes from the screen.
At 5.5–inches, it’s the same size as the LG G3. However, the G4’s resolution is set at an eyeball-stroking 2560x1440 QHD.
The Korean gadget-maker reckons that makes it 25% brighter than last year’s model, with colours rendered more accurately.
How that plays out in the real world we’ll find out when we try it in our review.
2 Better camera
LG has boosted the camera from 13 megapixels to 16 megapixels. But it’s not just the sensor that’s been given an upgrade.
The G4 packs a f1.8 lens, designed to let in more light and therefore improve performance in darker conditions.
That should mean that reeling off snaps at gigs will be easier than ever, as long as you don’t wind up your fellow music-lovers.
Colour reproduction is also said to be better than on the G3.
3 Plastic finish with leather flourish
The G4 really lets the side down when it comes to its finish.
With metal and glass all the rage among Android-makers, it has decided to stick with a plastic frame.
Admittedly, this has been offset by a sleek-looking leather back, but up against the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, it just doesn’t look as premium.
Only time will tell if this was a mistake on LG’s part.
4 Removable battery
Despite the design flaws, the LG G4 has a major ace up its sleeve in the shape of a removable battery.
Samsung fans were dismayed to find the Galaxy S6 ditched this one-time must-have for all iPhone rivals.
So it’s gratifying to see LG has stuck with this approach, which at least means you can snap up an extra power unit rather than carting around a mobile charger.
5 MicroSD on board
And on top of that swappable battery, LG has also opted to keep microSD support too.
This is unheard of in most high end phones these days and marks the G4 out from its rivals.
The ability to boost storage, even if it is only by 32GB, will be much welcome by those who want to access content from other devices easily.