This year, LG developed the G5 giving more attention on the additional features and less on its internal specifications. Since the release of LG G4 in April last year, it has been under the spotlight as one of the top Android phones. The new LG G5 is scheduled for public release after the Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2016, which officially started last February 22nd.

When it comes to pricing, the G4 has a tag price range of $450-$470, which means it is a midrange device. Along with that, it came out with a lovely leather finish, fantastic display, and a great camera. However, there were a couple of flaws that let the G4 down including a lack of fingerprint sensor and a not-so-great battery life. While its successor, the G5, has a higher price value of $750 and looks completely different from the LG G4. So the question is, does the G5 right the wrongs made by the G4? Here are some detailed comparisons between the G4 and the G5 to give you a better perspective on which device has better value for your money.

Design

 

Given that the LG G4 looked a lot like the G3, and that the LG G3 followed on organically from the LG G2, so the G5 is considered to be the biggest design overhaul for the G series yet. The LG G5 diverts its design away from LG’s trusted plastic designs of its past generations and now focuses on metal, launching its first metal unibody handset.

Unlike most metal smartphones, there are no antenna slits — thanks to something LG is calling “microdising.” Despite its new look, the lime-colored battery is still detachable since it has a removable bottom section, so that’s a plus right there.

The G5 moves its volume and power controls to the more traditional side position, while the rear sees a fingerprint sensor within the power button and a dramatic camera array above. B&O has teamed up with LG to release a DAC that gives users an extra headphone port that is capable of playing 32-bit audio and there’s a camera grip that adds in a physical shutter button and a beefed up battery.

Display, Dimensions, and Pixel Density

 

LG has stuck with a 5.5-inch quad-HD display for its last two flagship phones, the G G3 and G4. But this time around it’s different because the G5 features a slightly smaller 5.3-inch display. It still keeps the same resolution though, so the pixels are a little closer together. The G5 has a IPS LCD panel, which LG says is important for the Always-on feature that the phone offers. This will give you information on the display without you having to wake it up. Hence, the phone will consume very little power consumption since the Always-on function will use only 0.8 percent battery per hour. The display is also 900 units, brighter than the G4, so overall, the G5 should offer a better and more useful display experience than its predecessors.

Battery, Processor, and Internal Storage

The additional dual-SIM option makes G5 look more promising versus the G4, which only allowed a Micro SIM. It is powered with a removable Li-ion 2800 mAh battery, which is lower in capacity terms compared to its predecessor.

G4 offered Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with CPU capabilities, a Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53, and a 4GB RAM. However, the succeeding model boasts Snapdragon 820, along with Adreno 530 chipset as a graphics processor. In addition, G5 has better processing capability considering its additional 1GB RAM.

OS and Camera

The G5 will run on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), as opposed to G4, which runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with a software upgrade. Both LG phones have removable batteries and options to expand the memory.

The LG G5 shakes up the camera dramatically, pairing a 16-megapixel sensor with a second 8-megapixel sensor. It maintains the normal laser autofocusing, but looks to offer a range of new functions with this new pairing of cameras. The 16-megapixel camera will function as a standard camera, taking your high resolution shots exactly as you would expect it to do. While the second camera has a 135-degree lens, which can take wide angle photos.

There are also a wide range of additional functions offered that use both cameras. You can record videos and photos at the same time, have a number of different framing effects, and many more.

Conclusion

As always, flagship successors always possess some upgrades and enhancements from its previous versions. The G5 not only makes the various performance upgrades, but it also offers a complete redesign while still offering key features such as a removable battery and microSD support. All these contribute to making the G5 the most exciting LG smartphone since the LG G2.

A faster processor over the G4, paired with an improved camera experience and a more exciting design and display, as well as the latest software makes the G5 a true winner over the G4 when it comes to the specifications.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:04:28 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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