Flagship successors are expected to come with a lot more than what was in the predecessor, since there is a lot in the world of technology that happens in a year that can help the companies pack them in the newer devices. That’s what we would expect from the top-tier brands like Samsung, LG, HTC and such. Samsung is known to come up with subtle changes sometimes and huge overhauls occasionally. But LG on the other hand, is a brand that doesn’t really compromise.
The LG G5 is official now, and we are looking at a phone that has a lot, and LG went ahead to retain a removable battery while keeping the metal body intact. How? by giving a provision to pull out the battery from the bottom. Let’s see how this new smartphone compares itself against the LG G4 that was announced last year, and it was called as one of the best cameraphones of 2015.
Even though these phones come with a good time gap of a year, the LG G5 and its predecessor G4 have a few things similar to each other. Here’s how they don’t differ.
Similarities between LG G5 and LG G4
- 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS display with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
- 32GB internal storage
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- A removable battery, that was seen in the G4, and now in the G5 as well
|LG G5||LG G4|
|Display||5.3-inch Quad HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and 554 ppi with Always On display||5.5-inch Quad HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and 538ppi pixel density|
|Processor||Quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC
|Quad-core Snapdragon 808 SoC|
|RAM and Storage||4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 32 internal storage with microSD card for expansion||3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with option for expansion using microSD card up to 128GB|
|Camera||Dual Camera set up on the back with standard 16MP 78-degree lens and an 8MP 135-degree wide angle lens and LED flash, the front of the camera is a 8MP shooter||16MP rear camera with LED flash having OIS, Laser Autofocus and an 8MP front facing camera|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Connectivity Features||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac/ad, Bluetooth 4.2 LE & apt-X, GPS with GLONASS and NFC||4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, microUSB port and GPS|
|Additional Features||Fingerprint sensor, Removable battery module|
Differences between LG G5 and LG G4
Let’s start with the display. The LG G5 now has an always-on display that shows time, date, and notifications towards the top, and the white text adjusts its brightness based on the surrounding light. The LG4 had a standard display with no always-on feature.
LG had thoughtfully packed a Snapdragon 808 chipset last year, but this time, it made no mistake as the flagship Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm is what is powering the smartphone.
While it is still the Android 5.1 Lollipop OS running in the LG G4, the G5 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
This time, LG has a flat back on the G5 with the thickness of 7.7mm, compared to the 6.3-9.8mm thickness curving from thick center to thinner side on the LG G5.
The battery capacity goes down a bit, with the G5 packing a 2800 mAh battery against a 3000 mAh one on the G4.
The G5 has USB Type-C connectivity with support for quick charging, with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, while the MicroUSB 2.0 on LG G4 could support Quick Charge 2.0.
LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide-angle lens, while the LG G4 had a 16MP camera on the back.
There are a lot more differences than this, but we will add them with time, as and when we learn about the feature that gives LG G5 an edge over its predecessor. Although the battery capacity is lesser and the LG G4 was already not so good with the battery life, we are hoping that the Doze feature and UI enhancements in LG G5 might help save some battery and give a longer usage.