The LG G5 is the latest LG flagship, and as you might expect LG reckons it’s the best G-phone yet. But how does it differ from its predecessor, the excellent LG G4? We discover the differences that really matter in this, our LG G5 vs LG G4 comparison.
It’s not a huge surprise to discover that the LG G5 looks similar to its predecessor, but there are some key differences. It’s slightly larger and the volume rocker has been moved to the side, although the power button remains on the back of the device. It’s a metal unibody design that should be both light and tough.
LG has also unveiled a special cover for the G5, a Quick Cover case that resembles the case for the LG K10. It enables you to control alarms and take calls without opening the case, and the Always On screen in the G5 enables you to see key information at a glance.
Rumors suggest that the LG G5 may have another interesting feature: an iris scanner. Rumors say that LG has definitely been working on it for an early 2016 product, but as yet it’s unclear whether the tech was ready in time to put it in the G5.
LG G5 vs LG G4: display
Early rumors predicted a 5.6-inch display, but the LG G5 has a 5.3-inch AMOLED with Always On. This takes advantage of AMOLED’s ability to light individual pixels, displaying the time, date and key notifications when the rest of the display is switched off. If you’ve seen Ambient Display in recent Nexus devices it’s essentially the same thing.
LG G5 vs LG G4: processor and storage
The LG G4 has a six-core Snapdragon 808 with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a microSD slot for expansion. The G5 is reported to have 3 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 processor and a microSD slot, but internal storage hasn’t been revealed yet.
LG G5 vs LG G4: camera
The LG G4 has a 16 MP rear camera, but the LG G5 goes a step further with not one but two cameras on the back. The sensor is a 20 MP Sony sensor and the dual-lens configuration will enable you to shoot 135-degree wide-angle shots. That along with laser autofocus should produce some seriously impressive snaps.
LG G5 vs LG G4: software
LG likes to tweak Android with its own interface, which it calls UX. The G5 comes with UX 5.0, which has several key differences over UX 4.0. These include: the ability to edit quick settings from the notification panel; the Wi-Fi access point text shown below the quick settings toggle; two new buttons, Sharing and Receivable, below the sliders; and three different apps – search, call and camera – shown on the lock screen.
One of the most interesting software rumors is that the G5 will have a feature known as Magic Slot, which will support external hardware such as keyboards and even cameras.
LG G5 vs LG G4: battery life
We were disappointed with the LG G4’s battery life: the 3,000 mAh battery doesn’t deliver stellar battery life even though LG opted for a less power-hungry processor. We don’t have details of the battery inside the G5 just yet, although some rumors claim a small capacity drop to 2,800 mAh. Even if that’s true we suspect that the combination of a more efficient processor, an AMOLED display and Android’s own battery optimizations will deliver better stamina in the new LG. The battery may be removable too.
LG G5 vs LG G4: early verdict
With so many key specifications reliant on rumors, it’s unfair to pronounce judgement on the LG G5 vs the LG G4 just yet. That said, we can come to some conclusions. The dual-lens camera sounds really intriguing, the improved UX sounds appealing and the Always On screen is really tempting. Unless LG has really messed something up or goes crazy with the price tag, we think the LG G5 is shaping up to be a really exciting smartphone and a worthy upgrade from the G4.
What do you think? Has LG knocked it out of the park again, or do the reported specs include any deal-breakers for you? Let us know below.