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LG G4

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Peter Chu

Let's be ter­ri­bly hon­est, when it comes to rec­om­mend­ing a South Korean smart­phone brand, LG isn't usu­ally the com­pany that gets the honor of first men­tion, which is very much a shame, re­ally, as they are plenty ca­pa­ble of mak­ing per­fectly fine devices – with one such de­vice be­ing the LG G4.

It won't take long for you to no­tice that the LG G4 is a great-look­ing de­vice, thanks to its sleek, curved chas­sis and its stitched leather back cas­ing – which is made out of gen­uine leather, in case you were won­der­ing. Hold the G4 in the palm of your hand and you'll im­me­di­ately re­al­ize that its curved chas­sis and leather back aren't just there for aes­thetic pur­poses, as they ac­tu­ally do con­trib­ute to the over­all pre­mium feel of the de­vice as well.

The LG G4 has an equally beau­ti­ful set of hard­ware as well. If you can man­age to pry your eyes from its gor­geous

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DE­CEM­BER 2015 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS Quan­tum Dis­play and look what lies be­neath it, you'll find a 1.82GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 808 hexa-core pro­ces­sor, an Adreno 418 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory (ex­pand­able via mi­croSD to 128GB), and a re­mov­able 3,000mAh Li-ion bat­tery pack. On the soft­ware side of things, the LG G4 runs on An­droid 5.1 with LG's own UX 4.0 user in­ter­face on top.

This is why it should not come as a sur­prise that the LG G4 man­aged to per­form flaw­lessly through­out the weeks we've been us­ing it as our daily de­vice. We were able to rapidly switch back and forth be­tween apps with­out the slight­est bit of hes­i­tance, and even play lag-sen­si­tive games like Shooty Skies with­out a hitch.

Nat­u­rally, the LG G4 was able to power through all the bench­marks we threw at it. It scored 4,636 on PCMark 8's Work bench­mark; 18,017 on 3DMark's Ice Storm Un­lim­ited bench­mark; 22,056 on Quad­rant, and 48,179 on AnTuTu. In fact, it was even pow­er­ful enough to run the Epic Citadel bench­mark on Ul­tra High Qual­ity with an av­er­age frame rate of 28.7 fps – which is pretty im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing that it was run­ning on a Quad HD dis­play.

But there was one par­tic­u­lar com­po­nent of the LG G4 that left us gen­uinely im­pressed: its 16MP rear cam­era. It's not just any or­di­nary 16MP rear cam­era, mind you, but one that has an aper­ture of f/1.8, an op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­lizer, and a laser aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. As a re­sult, the LG G4's cam­era was light­ning-fast to lock fo­cus on ob­jects even un­der poor light­ing con­di­tions, and was also able to can­cel out our jit­tery hands, de­spite us us­ing it at its max­i­mum zoom range.

The im­ages that it cap­tured was of top-notch qual­ity as well – sharp, vi­brant, and packed with plenty of de­tail. Though they do have a ten­dency to ap­pear a lit­tle over-pro­cessed when you de­cide to ex­am­ine them up close. If you're a se­ri­ous shut­ter­bug, you can opt to have more cre­ative con­trol over your pho­tos by switch­ing the LG G4's cam­era into man­ual mode, which would en­able you to shoot in the RAW for­mat and ad­just var­i­ous set­tings, such as white bal­ance, ISO, shut­ter speed, fo­cus dis­tance, and even ex­po­sure lock.

The LG G4's 16MP shooter is one of the best we've seen on a smart­phone.

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