There’s £100 between these beautiful Quad HD Android phones, however how low-cost does the LG G4 need to be to make you select it over the spec-loaded, efficiency heavyweight that’s the new Samsung Galaxy S6? We examine two of the most effective new telephones of 2015 spec for spec in our LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 comparability.
LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Value and UK availability
The LG G4 was introduced on the finish of April and can go on sale within the UK on 28 Could. It is priced from £499 SIM-free for the entry-level 32GB ceramic model (add £25 for leather-based), which makes it precisely £100 cheaper than the comparable and already on sale Samsung Galaxy S6. The S6 was introduced earlier this 12 months at MWC and went on sale on 10 April.
If you happen to’re shopping for both telephone on a contract, you possibly can anticipate the month-to-month tariff to be just a little cheaper for the LG G4.
LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Design and construct
We’re not satisfied by the leather-clad LG G4, and our private choice can be the cheaper ‘ceramic’ (that might be 5 p.c ceramic, 95 p.c plastic) model. The leather-based is real and its color will apparently fade over time, however we choose our telephones constructed from metallic or glass to cow hides.
And that is precisely the route Samsung has taken with its new Galaxy S6. Lastly answering to the cries of low-cost, plastic construct high quality, the S6 now encompasses a metallic chassis and hard Gorilla Glass four back and front. The Galaxy finally appears to be like and feels just like the premium smartphone it’s, however you may need to strive it in retailer before you purchase – the Blue Topaz mannequin has a nasty mirror shine, and all that tumbler tends to select up fingerprints, that are extra seen on the colored variations (blue or gold) than White Pearl or Sapphire Black. You do not get this drawback with leather-based, though we’ll have to attend and see how that handles put on over time. The LG G4 is offered in six colors.
Nonetheless good it appears to be like, although, Samsung has angered many followers by ditching the detachable rear cowl. Not are you able to swap out the battery for a spare, nor add in a microSD card for storage growth. If both of these items are necessary to you, the LG G4 has a 3000mAh detachable battery and helps microSD as much as 128GB, whereas Samsung has gone down the Apple route asking you to pay up entrance for additional storage.
It isn’t the one distinction between these two telephones both. Whereas the LG G4 has a properly curved, diamond textured rear that matches comfortably within the hand, plus the helpful Rear key seen within the LG G3, Samsung has squeezed the S6’s right into a 7.1mm (thicker than the 6.8mm quoted by Samsung when measured in our lab) case, which leaves the rear digital camera protruding by an additional 1.6mm. We’re not too eager on this, though with the S6 fitted right into a protecting case you will not discover the distinction. Additionally
Each these telephones are fitted with Quad HD shows, the LG’s at 5.5in and Samsung’s at 5.1in, making for a sharper 577ppi show on the S6 in opposition to the 538ppi G4. The show know-how is completely different, although, and whereas Samsung favours the saturated colors and deep distinction of Tremendous AMOLED, LG has gone for an IPS Quantum Show. It says this has 20 p.c better color replica, 25 p.c enchancment in brightness and 50 p.c better distinction than normal IPS, which historically has far more real looking colors than Tremendous AMOLED. Superior In-Cell Contact tech combines the LCD and contact layer in a single sheet, making for improved sensitivity and color replica. Which display screen you favor can be a private selection – each are very good, and among the many finest available on the market proper now.
Given the distinction in display screen measurement there’s additionally a distinction in measurement and weight between these flagship Android telephones. Whereas the chunky 155g LG G4 measures in at 76×9.8×149.9mm, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a svelte 138g and 70.5×7.1×143.4mm (as measured in our lab).
Two issues Samsung provides that LG cannot match are the heart-rate sensor, which might now even be used as a devoted seize button for the selfie digital camera, and fingerprint scanner. The latter is vastly improved over that on the Galaxy S5, and now works with Apple-style touch- relatively than swipe enter, and meaning it really works. It’s going to grow to be extra helpful nonetheless when Samsung’s personal Pay cell funds service involves the UK later this 12 months.
LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: and efficiency
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is likely one of the quickest telephones we have ever examined, constructed round a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (with 4 1.5GHz A-53 cores for effectivity and 4 2.1GHz A-57 cores for efficiency), 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and Mali-T760 graphics.
We have not but examined the efficiency of the LG G4, however doubt very a lot that its six-core (2x A-57, 4x A-53) Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip can be in the identical league because the Exynos chip contained in the Samsung Galaxy S6. The lowered energy of the processor is claimed to enhance battery life over the LG G3 by 20 p.c, nevertheless, and efficiency will nonetheless be quick – solely those that demand final energy can be disenchanted. The LG G4 additionally has 3GB of RAM, and it makes use of an Adreno 418 GPU, which helps 3D gaming on 4K shows.
The Samsung Galaxy has a smaller 2550mAh battery which, as we talked about earlier, is not detachable. Each telephone batteries assist wi-fi charging (however the G4 not does in order normal – solely when fitted with the Fast Circle case), and the S6 additionally options quick-charging know-how that Samsung says gives you sufficient energy for 4 hours use in 10 minutes.
Whereas the LG G4 comes with 32GB of built-in storage and assist for as much as 128GB through microSD, plus 100GB of further Google Drive cloud area free for 2 years, the Samsung Galaxy S6 matches the 100GB of cloud storage with its preinstalled OneDrive app, however lacks the microSD assist. If you need extra storage you may need to pay for it: add £60 for the 64GB mannequin; the value of a forthcoming 128GB mannequin is but to be confirmed.
Subsequent part: LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: Connectivity
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