“An in-depth look at what the LG G4 brings to the table”
While VFM contenders like the OnePlus One may have stolen the thunder away from premium flagship smartphones, there’s no doubt that high-end offerings do bring quite a few flaunt-worthy aspects with them. Flagship devices showcase the best the brand has to offer in terms of design and features, and there are quite a few potential buyers out there who don’t shy away from spending the extra bucks to possess and flaunt the latest and the greatest. Even those who don’t have the deep pockets to afford one of these are easily enticed – and not without good reason. And the latest device slotting into this very category is the LG G4 (first impressions). It’s loaded to the gills, and comes with leather-clad exteriors that simply look divine. It does cost a pretty penny, sure… but that comes with the territory. Successor to the very capable LG G3 (review), the G4 ups the ante in all departments and takes things to a new level. If you’re one of those eying the G4 as your next purchase, or simply want to know more about it, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll get you all the details you should know, in a handy question-answer format. So here goes…
How about starting with the specs?
Sure. The LG G4 offers a 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,450 pixels) and a pixel density of 534 ppi. The horsepower is provided by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor that utilises a 1.8GHz quad-core cluster and a 1.4GHz dual-core cluster, mated to 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot to add more. A 3,000mAh removable battery provides the juice. The photography department covers a 16-megapixel optically stabilised rear camera featuring an aperture of f/1.8 and laser autofocus, while selfie duties are handled by an 8MP shooter up front.
Does the LG G4’s display come with a layer of Gorilla Glass?
Absolutely, a layer of third-generation Gorilla Glass keeps the G4’s display from getting scratched.
What SIM card(s) does the G4 accept? Does it support 4G?
While our review unit is a single-SIM model, LG has launched the dual-SIM variant of the G4 in India. The device accepts a pair of micro-SIMs and supports both 4G LTE bands in India.
Does the LG G4 support USB OTG?
Yup, USB OTG is supported… which means you can hook up OTG flash drives directly (or regular USB drives using an adapter).
What about NFC support?
Yes, NFC is supported as well.
What are the other connectivity options on offer?
The G4 is a premium flagship and comes loaded with a variety of connectivity options. Apart from 4G, USB OTG and NFC, the device features dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 (with APT-x), A-GPS, GLONASS, wireless display mirroring using Miracast, and HDMI out over SlimPort (up to 4K resolution). An infrared blaster on top works in conjunction with the preloaded QRemote app to turn the smartphone into a universal remote.
How much storage does the LG G4 offer? Can I add more?
Out of the provided, about 22GB is available to use. The microSD card slot supports memory cards up to a whopping 2TB in capacity, but it’s another matter that microSD cards of that size aren’t available yet.
What can you tell me about its cameras?
We’d urge you to wait for our review of the G4’s cameras for the full lowdown, but before that, we can tell you the based on the test shots we’ve captured so far, it’s looking like a winner. Stills can be shot in RAW if you prefer, while 4K videos can be recorded as well. The camera app comes with a manual mode that lets you tweak a bunch of settings for more creative control. Thanks to laser-assisted autofocus, the focussing speeds are superfast, and from what we can make out, the results should be extremely pleasing too.
What about the platform and the software?
The LG G4 utilises Android Lollipop 5.1, with the brand’s custom skin on top. Apart from the tweaked UI, the skin offers features like Smart Bulletin (special alerts based on location and user behaviour etc), and a bunch of preloaded apps like LG Health, LG Backup, QMemo+ and McAfee Security. There’s a Dual Window feature that lets you run two apps simultaneously, while Smart Settings allows you to automate a few connectivity settings depending on whether you’re at home or away. A Battery saver feature can be set to turn on when the battery levels reach a specified point, while Smart cleaning can help you get rid of junk files. You can even tweak the sequence of the virtual navigation keys and add more shortcuts for stuff like the notification panel, QMemo+ and Dual Window.
What are the damages involved?
The LG G4 was launched at an MRP of Rs 51,000, but Flipkart has it listed now for Rs 45,999. Others like Infibeam and Shopclues have limited-time offers and deals wherein you can get hold of one for as low as Rs 41,999.
Photos by Raj Rout