Hardware and specs LG G3 vs LG G4
When talking about flagship smartphones, automatically expectations are high because these smartphones have to include the latest hardware specifications and software improvements, otherwise they won’t make it on the flagship market. As such, the LG G3 is a flagship smartphone because at the time of its launch, it incorporated all the latest innovations in hardware and software, to match up to the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, two of the most popular flagships of 2014. As the LG G4 release date eeks closer, speculation about what kind of performance and hardware LG will build into the LG G4 are on the rise. Since Juno’s statements shed light on the most important hardware component in a smartphone, the CPU or processor, at least we know for sure one spec of the LG G4.
According to Cho, the LG G4 will include a processor made in-house, although certainly not last year’s Nuclun processor, which proved to be rather outdated as a mobile processor. According to Juno, LG is working on making their own mobile processor and making it in such a way that it would improve performance over the LG G3 and flagships launched at the MWC 2015 congress, as well. Although there haven’t been many details released about the processor, we can estimate its performance by looking at current trends.
The trend right now in mobile processors is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, a 64 bit configuration CPU which has received excellent benchmark scores and runs pretty well on the already launched LG G Flex 2. The Snapdragon 810 CPU is also present in the HTC One M9, although performance with the device hasn’t been thoroughly tested yet, as the device is not yet widely available for review. Issues with the Snapdragon 810 overheating have been all around the media and are the supposed reason why Samsung has also opted for in-house processors in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung slapped their octa core Exynos 7420 CPU into the new flagships, and the preliminary tests and benchmark results are quite impressive.
In spite of the fact that we don’t know much about the new processor LG will be putting in the LG G4, we can get inspiration from the LG G3. The LG G3 came with a Snapdragon 801 CPU, backed by 3 GB RAM for the 32 GB storage variant, complete with a microSD card slot for extra storage. Judging by that, the next flagship should definitely get the equivalent of a 64 bit Snapdragon 810 CPU, although South Korean companies do tend to go towards octa core configurations, as seen with Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, MediaTek chipsets and HiSilicon Kirin chipsets in Chinese smartphones. Since this year we’ve seen Lenovo launching smartphones with 4 GB RAM inside, it would be a fair assumption to think of the LG G4 getting the same amount.
Since software is incrementally tied with hardware, let’s cover that part too in this section. The LG G3 was launched with Android 4.4. KitKat on board, only to be subsequently updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop in late 2014/early 2015, depending on region and carrier. Some LG G3 units haven’t received the OTA update to Android 5.0 yet, but they should be getting it soon enough. Hopefully, there aren’t many out there who didn’t get the Material Design treatment on their LG G3 phones. Let us know if you’re still on KitKat so that we can direct you to custom ROMs if you would like to try one of those. The LG G4 software, as Juno pointed out in his statements, which you can find at the beginning of the article, a new UX will be on board the LG G4, which we should see on the LG G3 soon enough. According to Juno, the new UX itself will be launched ahead of the flagship device, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing an update this month.
With the new UX, the LG G4 should get a few neat features, depending on what will be introduced in the handset (we will talk about that in a next section). A new leak suggests that not only will the flagship get a new UX, but a new version of Android, namely Android 5.1 Lollipop. A benchmark result shows an LG G4 variant running a build that has been identified as Android 5.1 Lollipop, which leads us to believe that the new phone will get a new OS. The new version of Android should resolve memory leak issues, touchscreen issues, notification bugs, battery drain and connectivity problems in the LG G3, but it should add features to the LG G4 once it is launched. We’re definitely looking forward to that update. Read on to find out more about camera, battery, features and price.