Battery and features LG G4 vs LG G3
The LG G3 came with a rather large battery, which was warranted by the large 5.5 inch QHD display that tends to suck up energy like nothing else. The battery measured 3000 mAh, which proved to be sufficient for the LG G3 to be a decent daily driver, and even get past the one-day mark. If the panel isn’t at maximum brightness, the processor and large battery to a pretty good job of keeping the phone running for two days. Some light users can even get 3 days out of the phone, but that’s a bit unlikely with those who use the LG G3 at least moderately. LG has emphasized in various conferences that battery life is one of the most important parts in a smartphone, and we expect the company to act accordingly when designing the LG G4.
Wireless charging and fast charging were also included with the LG G3, and we are definitely expecting them to show up on the LG G4. Fast charging should be improved considerably, judging by the improvements Samsung made with the Galaxy S6. LG probably won’t stay behind and be considered inferior in this department, which means we can expect the same charging speed or at least one very close to the one found on the Galaxy S6. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S6 can charge 10 minutes and hold out for hours after that, which is quite impressive, but will have to be put to the test once review units become more widely available.
In consequence, the LG G4 battery should be larger, if the company keeps the screen size at 5.5 inches, but if the display will be shrunk to 5.3 inches, maybe the 3000 mAh battery from the LG G3 would be sufficient, as long as it’s upgraded with better features. Even though improvements to battery life aren’t very expected of any flagship nowadays, because the technology is still in development, our sources tell us we might be surprised by what the company has up its sleeves.
Moving on to features, we must look at other devices LG has launched last year, besides the LG G3. First off, LG launched a stylus version of the LG G3, which means we can definitely expect to see a stylus packed into the LG G4. That extra tool will most likely get a few neat software features, similar to those seen on the Galaxy Note 4. A stylus would be an excellent addition to the flagship and LG would do well if it made it an optional trait for a few extra bucks, maybe. Although including the stylus in the LG G4 would be a neat trait, it would warrant a price increase, so we’re inclined to wish for two different versions, with the stylus-endowed version getting a few extra software features, too.
The speakers on the LG G3 were pretty neat, with built-in Dolby audio, which is what we expect on the LG G4. HTC put a lot of emphasis on the upgraded BoomSound speakers on the HTC One M9, and we expect LG to pick up on the demand for good quality, front-facing speakers. Since the company announced a radically different design, we might see some kind of high-quality front-facing speakers show up on the LG G4. While we can’t guarantee for that feature and we were pretty pleased with the speakers on the LG G3, it would be a nice addition to the new smartphone. Maybe a variant phone will be introduced, focusing on good quality audio-visual traits, which would target a niche of consumers, allowing LG to expand into markets it hasn’t tapped into yet. Although LG is usually not focusing on a certain feature or trait with their smartphones, they could begin now.
Another device the LG G4 could be inspired by in all departments would be the LG G Flex 2. While we don’t expect the company to release another flexible smartphone, we could see the LG G4 getting the durable, self-healing material from the back panel of the G Flex 2. Curved edges could also be a design trait LG might be thinking about, although the company would be accused of copying the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge if they came out with a curved edge LG G4. It would also bring up the pricing of the LG G4, which might not be the best course of action for the South Korean company.
Other standard features that we should see incorporated in the LG G4 include NFC, Radio FM, Infrared Port, GPS, 9 axis sensor, maybe even a heart rate sensor or other fitness and health-tracking sensors, as seen on the Galaxy Note 4. Another rumor suggests that LG is working on their own mobile payment platform, as Samsung also launched Samsung Pay, Google is re-launching Google Wallet, Apple is reaping success with Apple Pay and Chinese companies thinking of introducing their own mobile payment platform alternatives. While we think yet another mobile payment platform on its own would be redundant, integration with Google Wallet or some other, already existing platform would be neat. We will see about that.