After LG G4 critically acclaimed , LG tries to renew its offer mid-range with the LG G4C, taking the design of the G4, but with lower performance components. The LG G4C sold more than two times cheaper than its big brother with a sales price that starts at 240 euros. Has he inherited genes LG G4 despite a totally different price positioning? Answer in our test.
Since the release of G4 LG, the Korean giant declines the range with the Stylus G4, the then recently G4C the G4s. The G4C is the underdog of the range, with characteristics approaching the entry level, despite a selling price of 240 euros which is reminiscent of the mid-range. We will try to know what is this LG G4C. Let’s start with the specifications to get to know the motive.
|Android Version||LG UX 4.0 (Android 5.0.2 Lollipop)|
|Definition||1280 x 720 pixels|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|Number of CPU cores||4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz|
|Graphics chip||Adreno 306|
|Internal memory||8 GB (3.13 GB user available)|
|Support microSD||micro SDHC (up to 32GB)|
|Main camera||8 megapixels|
|Video||Full HD (1080p) @ 30 FPS|
|SIM card||Micro SIM|
|Wi-Fi and Bluetooth||802.11 b / g / n + 4.1|
|Networks||LTE Category 4 (150Mbps)
|Dimensions||139.7 x 69.8 x 10.2 mm|
|DAS||0.643 W / kg|
|List Price||240 euros|
To look more closely at the technical details, no doubt, we are in the presence of a phone entry in 2015. Only the screen does not stain, with a correct resolution. Let’s see what happens in actual use conditions.
A curved terminal
At first glance, the LG G4C seems to be a G4 with a smaller screen to 5 inches all round. However, taking a little time, we see that the two terminals share indeed a very common base, but differ on some points. Starting with the front, a little less careful about G4C as its big brother including screen edges giving the impression of being a little thicker, whereas this is not the case in practice, as we shall see in Part screen. Nothing very maddening provided SINCE sensation of solidity and quality disclaims all.
When the phone back, you discover a removable plastic shell imitating the appearance of the metal . Above all, there is the LG’s trademark: the volume buttons and ignition positioned on the hull , just below the main image sensor accompanied by its LED flash. I personally can not get used to this type of button, and I prefer locate on the slices because their position does not seem natural to me. One likes or dislikes.
Finally, the LG G4C takes an element of differentiation of its big brother and G Flex 2: a shell and a slightly curved screen . A good idea that gives extra comfort to the terminal. Finally, it’s rare to be noted, but the terminal is certified IP22. This means that it is protected against water drops falling up to 15 ° from the vertical. We imagine that most phones are also protected against this risk, but LG has the merit of having certified the phone and indicate the measure.
Lollipop and LG UX 4.0
There are Android 5.0 .2 the LG Lollipop sauce , that is to say, with the home interface LG UX 4.0. This interface is in fact identical to that found on the LG G4 and you can see the software part of this test for details . Broadly, LG UX 4.0 is a clear interface with an application drawer that will delight fans of Android stock and a center of notifications and quick settings. LG does not include unnecessary applications and merely some accessories applications, one appreciates. The design is very flat, very fashionable. Many widgets are available, such as the weather, very complete. A manager of the themes can also change the appearance of the terminal. There are also specific features like LG to double tap to unlock or consultation time and quickly notifications when the screen is idle, realizing a finger sliding down.
The screen of the LG G4 is pleasant to use. It has a maximum brightness of 470 cd / m2, which puts it in the high average in this price range. Color management is correct even if there is a small shift towards blue. Viewing angles are good thanks to the IPS panel. As for the resolution, with 294 PPP, readability is good and only purists would have appreciated the presence of a Full HD panel. We also liked the slightly curved screen for improved grip. However, LG did not use a flexible slab poled, but a simple LCD IPS panel. The display area ratio to the front side is pretty good with 76.4% according to figures from LG, better than its big brother the LG G4 reaching 72.5%
We begin to know him Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 that drives many input devices and midrange in 2015. For us, the Snapdragon 410 represents the vital minimum to run a terminal Android in good conditions . We would have preferred to find a SoC 240 euros a bit more powerful like the Snapdragon 615. For this, we must turn to the G4s. In addition, LG has incorporated only 1 GB of RAM. So do not plan to open many applications at once under pain of big slowdowns. In fact, the LG G4C is not a lightning war.
|Specifications||LG G4C||4X Honor||ZTE Blade S6|
|SoC||Snapdragon 410||Kirin 620||Snapdragon 615|
|AnTuTu 5.x||20,473 Points||30,700 Points||30,703 Points|
|PCMark||3162 Points||1892 Points||3121 Points|
|3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited General||4326 Points||5347 Points||7675 Points|
|3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics||3773 Points||4947 Points||7800 Points|
|3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics||8883 Points||7456 Points||7267 Points|
|GFXBench (offscreen Manhattan / onscreen)||1.7 / 3.9 FPS||Inconsistent||4.9 / 9.5 FPS|
|GFXBench (T-Rex offscreen / onscreen)||5.3 / 9.8 FPS||9.2 / 15 FPS||12/20 FPS|
In games, the situation is similar as the demanding titles like Real Racing 3 are not able to turn properly with many details. The game therefore removes various effects to achieve maintain proper gaming experience.
Photo G4C part of LG’s very disappointing. The development of the terminal is slow since it does not benefit from the big brother laser technology. Color management is correct, but the sharpness is almost absent. Indeed, the clichés are desperately short of detail, it is useless to open them in their original definition unless you want to come face to face with a bunch of pixels. The camera does not support HDR mode. Fortunately while the AF is the part. Needless to say, at night, the photos are unusable.
For the network part, the LG G4C incorporates a modem 4G Class 4 (150/50 Mbps) supporting all frequency bands in France , a Wi-Fi chip 802.11b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.1. LG has also integrated FM radio and the NFC. Call quality and good, and active noise reduction rather useful.
The autonomy of LG G4C is really very good. On our self test (1h 720p video on YouTube in Wi-Fi with the brightness set to 200 cd / m2), the battery has lost only 7% of its capacity. This is a very good score. Daily, the terminal allows to hold more than a day with greedy purposes, a very good point. More good news: the battery is removable.