Performance is a key part of smartphones, and flagships are expected to deliver peak performance. To keep up, manufacturers continue to use more and more powerful chipsets to match the demanding hardware and software of modern devices. The LG G4 is LG’s flagship for 2015 and it’s got big shoes to fill, with last year’s G3 proving to be one of the best phones of the year. Let’s see how its performance stacks up in both benchmarks and reality.
1118 (single-thread) 3515 (multi-thread)
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
That table gives you the results of the biggest benchmarks for the LG G4. As you can see, it does well for a flagship, though some of the improvements over its predecessor aren’t too large. It’s also of interest that HTC One M9 scored better than the G4 in three different tests, though the G4 was significantly better in the SunSpider test.
Bear in mind that benchmarks are just a point of reference and can easily be inaccurate, so don’t hedge all your opinions on them. The real matter of importance is how well your device performs on a day-to-day real world basis, which is what we’ll look at next with the G4.
The LG G4 is fast, but not as fast as you’d expect from a phone of its caliber. LG packed it with a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor that has a max clock speed of 1.8GHz for two cores and 1.4GHz for the other four cores. That processor is paired with 3GB of RAM, making it quite well-specced on paper. But the phone stutters a little more than I’m comfortable with, often in the most normal of tasks.
For example, you can occasionally go to pull the notification tray and see a noticeable frame drop in the animation. Or you can tap an app icon and wait a full second or two before anything will happen. The LG G4 still feels quite high-end, but it has slowdowns and stutters that happen too often to ignore. It’s hard to say whether the issue stems from hardware or software, but LG needs to work on sorting it out in one way or another.
I have a hunch that the issue may stem from the hardware of the device, as last year’s G3 runs very similar software and actually has less stuttering. Part of the issue may come from the choice of a Snapdragon 808 processor, an interesting choice by LG. HTC opted for the slightly more powerful Snapdragon 810 processor in the One M9 and it zips along without any issues. That being said, LG could likely sort out the issues with some better some software optimization. Hopefully, the company will push out an update to resolve the issues.
The LG G4 is a great device and it performs well. But it has its occasional slowdowns and stutters that take away from the overarching experience. With such great features, the phone needs to be able to keep up, and if it stutters at the beginning of its life cycle, it’s not a good sign for the phone as it ages.