LG Flagship Evolution
LG’s Android smartphones date back to 2009 and since then, they have been consistent in bringing forth new devices with some of the high-end specs and software. One of the most successful smartphone series from LG is the “G” series devices.
The first ever “G” series device was the LG’s Optimus G which was announced back in 2012 and since then LG’s in an endeavour of finding new methods to up their smartphone business. There have been some radical changes, however, and LG’s smartphones changed in many ways as they created and subsequently abandoned trends for new features.
Since the Optimus G and the Optimus G Pro, LG wanted to take their smartphone manufacturing to the next level. This made them think completely out of the box to produce a device known as the LG G2 in 2013. Since then, LG has dropped the famous “Optimus” branding leaving only the G as identifier for its flagship. This was an exciting device on that year due to the different aesthetics that the phone brought to the table: the G2’s sides were button-less, and all the hardware buttons were moved to the back of the device. Such design strategy helped LG to minimize the side bezel size and make a sleeker device overall, starting a new era of thin bezel phones with an impressive screen-to-body ratio. Something LG G2 owners will remember is the fact that this phone packed the amazing Snapdragon 800, and with its sizeable battery, the G2 delivered excellent battery life for its time, only rivaled by monsters like the Note 3.
To top the G2, LG had to produce a device which met new consumer expectations, and the G3 did just that. It had a premium but fake brushed-metal look, removable battery, expandable storage, an extremely advanced camera with Laser Auto-focus, a 2K display, wireless charging, a somewhat slimmer UI, LG Knock code and updated specs — more than enough reasons for consumers to upgrade their G2. Even though there were a few software issues, LG was fast enough to fix them with OTA updates. After the test of time it seems that LG jumped to a QHD screen too early, as the Snapdragon 801 and its Adreno 330 created a bottleneck in performance. The new screen was not the most efficient, and coupled with the processor, the phone was well known for overheating and throttling. Finally, the sharpening in the screen made it look worse than the pixel density would otherwise suggest, and LG slightly increased the bezels.
Even though LG devices were mostly on par in the camera department, LG was not satisfied with their main shooter, which led the company to adopt a F 1.8 / 16 MP sensor for the G4. That and additional improvements made for one of the best camera experiences in 2015. The device updated its specs with a faster processor and an improved display with few design changes. The one that caught most people’s attention is the fact that the device still has a removable back and battery with expandable memory up to 2TB, yet it did keep a somewhat-premium design due to its genuine leather back. Things like wireless charging were omitted, but other than that, the G4 offers a compelling package with a good processor, a nice screen, a great camera, and useful software features.
When you compare the V10 to its predecessor you cannot see much of a difference except a different back panel, a fingerprint sensor and a bigger display on the front of the device. Other than that, the device sports similar specs as the LG G4 with the notable bump of additional RAM. Nevertheless, the V10 has a small additional screen at the top which is a main selling feature, as it allows for a new way of multitasking and glancing at notifications. The V10, however, finalized the abandonment of the small-bezel tradition LG had going with their flagships, as each iteration saw bigger bezels, and the V10 is particularly large.
The next successor and most recent member of LG’s flagship family is the G5, you can read more in the blog.