LG G5 Vs LG G4: What’s The Difference?

South Korean tech giant LG has announced the successor to the very fascinating LG G4, the new LG G5. The G4 was a highly impressive flagship model that charmed with its superb premium leather finish back panel, brilliant display, admirable camera and aggressive pricing. LG has now presented the new G5 to take things to the next level.

The LG G4 was excellent but not flawless and still had a bit room for improvement as a premium smartphone. Thus, the new LG G5 is certainly expected to improve on the few shortcomings of its predecessor and emerge as a truly wonderful flagship smartphone that is really worth is asking price. Moreover, the users might also wonder if the new LG G5 is worth upgrading from the existing G4.

So, here’s a look at the new LG G5 pitched against its predecessor LG G4 in order to figure out what’s the difference between these two models:

Design & Built

The LG G4’s dimensions are 148.9 x 76.1 mm while its carved back’s thickest point stands at 9.8 mm. The device’s rear mounted volume controls are unconventional. It weighs 155gm and comes with a removable back panel that comes in leather or plastic choices.

The new LG G5 comes with a full new design language. It boasts of metal unibody design like its rival flagship smartphone models has been introduced, but it does not feature any antenna slits owing to what LG calls “microdising”. Moreover, the G5 has a unique modular design which makes it the world’s first modular smartphone. This makes it offer the flexibility of a removable battery, which is absent in all metal Unibody smartphone.

The G5 gets its volume and power controls to the conventional side position, while it also corrects the lack of the fingerprint sensor of its predecessor by offering one at the rear. The LG G5’s dimensions are 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.6 mm and it weighs at 159gm.


The LG G4 offers a large 5.5 inch Quad HD 534 ppi display which is exceptionally bright and beautiful, and it is amazingly packed in almost a same sized body as other handsets which only offer around the 5 inch display. This made this large display device superbly comfortable to handle rather compact design.

The latest LG G5 on the other hand, offers a slightly smaller 5.3 inch Quad HD resolution IPS LCD display, which means that the pixel density has also slightly increased at 554 ppi.

The G5 also flaunts an Always-On display with partial on illumination capability to show notifications while not gorging on battery life. The display is also claimed to be much brighter than the device’s predecessor, so expect lovelier visuals.


LG G4 promised excellent low light images and claimed to offer greater detailed images than competition with the help of larger pixels in its rear 16 MP primary camera. The device also comes with a secondary 8 MP Selfie camera. Both the snappers offer really impressive performance.

The new LG G5 offers the same camera specs in terms of megapixel numbers, which means a primary 16 MP camera. However, LG claims that its latest flagship offers more functions like auto wide angle and for this comes braced with a second 135 degree wide angle rear shooter to complement the primary sensor, which should provide some extra cool images. It will also offer an array of features.

The front-facing snapper is expected to be the same 8 MP one to offer attractive selfies.

Hardware & Software

The LG G4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset that come with the support of 3 GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32 GB of in-built storage along with the flexibility of memory expansion with a microSD slot. The device draws its juice from a good 3000 mAh removable battery that offers good day long backup.

The new LG G5 offers the latest specs and packs in a Snapdragon 820 chipset that comes with the support of 4GB of RAM. It also offers 32 GB of internal memory. The best part is, despite the full metal unibody, the flexibilities of microSD card as well as removable battery are is still present. LG also offers the much talked about USB Type-C as well. The devices gets a little less powerful 2800 mAh, but it should not pose as a problem.

The LG G5’s modular design also lets various modules to be attached to the bottom of the device. These modules are called Friends and presently come in two choices – LG Cam Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus, which makes the device really unique and offers a customizable edge over the G4 as well as the other market rivals.

The LG G4 offered the latest Android version when it launched last year and came with LG’s UI on top. The G4 is expected to be updated to the latest Android Marshmallow really soon.

The LG G5 will run on the latest Android Marshmallow right out of the box. Although the UI remains to be seen, but it is expected to offer almost unaltered User Interface with slight changes.


The new LG G5 will cost around Rs. 49,900 in India, while its predecessor G4’s current best price is around Rs. 30780. This makes the capable G4 a whopping 19k cheaper than its successor.

Final Words

The new LG G5 is not only the successor to the LG G4 with whole lot of updates and feature corrections, but is also an entirely new smartphone model. It comes with a completely new design language and a unique modular structure that lets one use it more like a conventional camera or an entertainment device depending on the requirement and the chosen ‘Friend’ on offer. The number of modules (Friends) is also expected to increase at a later stage.

The G5’s latest specs and the full metal design along with the retention of the removable battery and microSD slot are simply impressive and highly exciting.

The LG G5 will also offer smoother and faster performance along with more enjoyable photo shooting experience. All together, the LG G5 has created a new segment of its own and is totally worth upgrading to.