• Display: 5.5 inch (2,560 x 1,440)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 16.0MP rear-facing camera
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Design
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 49,724 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 18,621 points

Welcome Back LG

It’s been a really long time since LG brought in a flagship phone into Malaysia, but the one time they did do it, we’re quite glad that it’s the LG G4, the much talked-about smartphone that comes with a number of bells and whistles that we’re actually quite fond of.

The LG G4 is a 5.5 inch smartphone with a display resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GBs of RAM and 32GBs of storage which is expandable via a microSD card up to 2TBs.

The phone has several claims to fame, first of which is the design of the phone itself. Unlike many, if not most phones out there, the G4’s volume and power buttons are located under the phone’s 16MP rear-facing camera. This allows users to easily access the buttons without having to awkwardly reach for the side of the phone, which may cause users to drop their phones.

Not only that, the G4 also sports a unique back cover, with choices include leather, metallic and ceramic back covers. Our review unit came with the much sought-after brown leather back cover, which feels amazingly good to the touch.

Speaking of the camera, the LG G4’s 16MP shooter is a delight to play with. It comes with a laser autofocus mechanism that allows users to take shots quickly without missing a moment. The camera software is excellent as well, as users are even able to shoot in manual mode, giving them a huge sandbox of options that allows them to take a photo the way they want to.

As far as performance goes, the LG G4 does not disappoint. Thanks to the Snapdragon 808 and the 3GBs of RAM built in, the phone tears through any task thrown at it without breaking too much of a sweat, be it gaming, working on a word document or watching high definition videos on it.

That being said, the battery life on the G4’s 3,000mAh battery can be described as above average at best. If the phone’s not being used too often beyond checking emails, social media and the occasional gaming, a full charge at 10am will probably last you to the evening, but if you’re constantly checking on it, you’ll be needing a car phone charger on your drive back home.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The LG G4 is a great phone that sports some pretty impressive specs, and an amazing camera. If the offerings from Apple, Samsung and Sony aren’t quite you’re liking, the G4 is a great model to consider.

(previously published in issue December 2015)