LG G5 vs LG G4

How much of an upgrade is LG's new phone?
LG G5 vs LG G4

The new LG G5 is a fantastic phone. But if you’re waiting for yours to be delivered, or are thinking of ordering one, what you really want to know is how it compares to its predecessor - the LG G4. Let’s find out.

Innovative metal design

The LG G4 has a leather back that really split opinion when it launched last year. If you were one of those who thought it was a little too unique, you’ll be pleased to see LG has switched to a more standard metal build this year.

Even if you did like the leather G4, you won’t be disappointed by the smooth aluminium unibody of the G5. Its curvy form is moulded from a single block of metal, making it feel more solid and really comfortable to hold.

The LG G5 is also thinner than its predecessor, thanks in no small part to the fact that the volume keys have been moved to the side of the phone, which makes it fit better in your pocket.

The most amazing part of the new G5 design, though, is its removable battery. This is the only all-metal phone with a swappable battery, and to do it LG created a unique slide-out system where the battery’s pulled out from the bottom of the phone.

That sliding mechanism also means you can slot on extra attachments, known as LG Friends, like a camera grip or big Bang and Olufsen speaker. It really is a very clever bit of engineering.

The screen’s been refined

LG hasn’t just made the G5 thinner, the new phone is also shorter and narrower too. That’s because it has a 5.3-inch screen, 0.2-inches smaller than the one on the G4.

It does, however, keep the same Quad HD resolution (so actually squeezes in more pixels-per-inch for a sharper image) and Quantum IPS technology. But that unique technology has been refined to give more colourful images.

So in terms of screen quality, the LG G5 pips the G4 despite its reduction in size.

All-new camera

Last year, we were blown away by the G4’s 16MP camera – it was tough to beat in our roundup of the best camera phones thanks to its advanced manual mode.

But the camera on the G5 is even better. It’s an innovative dual lens, dual sensor setup. In other words, there are two cameras on the back – an 8MP one and a 16MP one.

You can use it in 16 megapixel single lens mode and take shots just as good as last year’s G4. Or you can switch to dual lens mode and take super wide-angle 24MP photos.

LG G5 camera sample

LG G5 16MP camera sample

LG G5 24MP wide angle camera sample

LG G5 24MP wide angle camera sample

Upgraded insides

The G5 is a real step up from the G4 in terms of speed and power too.

It runs on the latest Snapdragon 820 processor – and that’s the fastest, most efficient processor that Qualcomm has ever made.

It also charges faster thanks to a new USB Type-C cable. And even though the G5’s battery is smaller than the G4’s, it lasts longer thanks to the newer software and more efficient chip.

Our verdict

Pretty much everything on the LG G5 has been upgraded since last year’s LG G4. It’s great to see such an established company making big leaps forward in just a year because it means the G5 is well worth the upgrade. If you’re convinced, you can order the LG G5 now.

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