LG V10 vs LG G4: quick look

by: Lanh NguyenOctober 1, 2015
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Now that the LG V10 is out, you can definitely expect a lot of coverage, including some comparisons. But there is one phone we just have to put the new handset against. We are obviously talking about the LG G4.

The LG V10 isn’t exactly the G4’s successor. These high-end smartphones are targeting different audiences and both serve their purposes. The real question here is: which is the right one for you? Let’s take a look at them and figure that out!

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Design

LG hasn’t strayed too far from its winning formula when it comes to the design. The LG G4 is a very well made smartphone, and such remains the case with the LG V10. Both include signature elements like the rear button layout and thin bezels in the front. There are some significant changes in the newer handset, however.

The LG V10 sports much more durable materials and a sturdier build quality. This gadget is made with a stainless steel frame and a plastic-based material LG calls DuraSkin (soft to the touch, yet very durable). It’s definitely a much stronger phone than the LG G4, as the V10 was certified with MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant shock protection.

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The back also features a grid-like pattern that is unlike anything we have seen coming from LG in the past. It looks good. Probably not as elegant as leather, but it does give you the feeling that you are holding a resistant device.

And while we are on the topic of leather, that is something that truly differentiates the LG G4 – its distinctive leather covers. You can really make the LG G4 look unique, and it can even be customized on-the-go, as these back covers are replaceable.

Both devices feature removable back plates, giving you access to the battery and microSD card slot (both dying breeds in the mobile industry). And while the back buttons have made a return with the V10, the latest flagship also includes capacitive features and a fingerprint reader in the power button.

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Changes from the LG G4 are noticeable up front as well, particularly towards the top. The V10 features a secondary display and a dual front-facing camera setup right above the main screen. These new elements do make the device longer, which is something you must also consider, as handling it will take some getting used to. On the other hand, the LG G4 was very comfortable to hold.

Oh, and let’s not forget them curves! The LG G4 had a curve (a la G Flex), which some argue make the phone fit better on your pocket, face and hand.

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Display

Both the LG G4 and the V10 feature nearly identical IPS LCD Quantum Displays with a QHD (2560×1440) resolution, so you won’t be missing much in this department. The only difference with these panels is that the G4’s measures 5.5 inches, while the V10 screen is 5.7 inches. This results in slightly different pixel densities (538 vs 513), but you likely won’t see a difference there.

By the way, LG’s screens may not be as vibrant or deep, but their offer color accuracy that is second to none.

The LG V10 does cause a stir by implementing a secondary screen, though, something you definitely won’t find in the G4. This 2.1-inch  display has a 106×1040 resolution and retains a pixel count of 513 PPI (similar to the main screen). More about that in the software section.

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Performance

Looking for performance? You will be disappointed by neither of these handsets. Both feature a Snapdragon 808 processor with an Adreno 418 GPU backing them up. The main difference is that the LG G4 has 3 GB of RAM, while the V10 offers extra power with 4 GB on board.

Regardless, both devices will be just as snappy and smooth, but the V10 may get a bit of a boost with better multi-tasking.

Hardware

While the LG G4 comes with 32 GB of internal storage, the V10 doubles that with 64 GB. The good news is that both come with a microSD card slot.

The V10 also sports a fingerprint reader, which can be used to unlock the phone, use Android Pay and perform other biometric authentication processes compatible with Android. This is something you definitely won’t find in the G4.

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The LG V10 also introduces 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, which can automatically detect connected devices and provide sound control options. It’s also the first commercial device to adopt Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solutions to improve voice quality and expand network coverage.

On the battery front we can find the same 3000 mAh battery in either gadget. This is no longer a special occurrence, but the lure about these phones is that the batteries are removable, which means you can carry multiple spares and swap at will.

Camera

The LG G4 has an amazing camera… one of the best in the industry. This means LG fans will be happy to hear the V10 retains the same technology on the main shooter. Both feature identical 16 MP sensors with an f/1.8 aperture lens, laser auto-focus and OIS (optical image stabilization).

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These devices also offer the same level of deep manual control, which allows you to manipulate ISO, shutter speed, quality and more.

Now, let’s turn to the front, where there are more obvious differences. What’s up with those dual 5 MP front-facing cameras? The advantage is that these couple lenses allow for creating wider angle shots, which is definitely welcome.

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Software

It’s obvious that these phones will come with very similar software experiences. They were both released in 2015 and run Android 5.1.1, with LG’s G UI layered on top. The experience is a little bloated, but things are getting better, and there are plenty of awesome features to be enjoyed. Not to mention LG’s optimizations between hardware and software, which do make the phone rather snappy and smooth.

The main difference in the software experience definitely rests on that secondary screen the LG V10 rocks. When your main display is off, the ticker can showcase the weather, time, battery and date. Things get pretty handy once you turn your phone on, though. This little display can save your shortcuts and favorite apps. I also love the fact that it displays notifications while one uses other functions of the phone. This means you can say goodbye to interruptions while watching a video, gaming or doing anything else.

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Which one wins?

It’s hard to tell you which phone is “the best”, simply because we all have different needs and preferences. If you want a straight answer – the LG V10 is definitely the most impressive, powerful and full-featured of the two. It has that secondary display, a better front-facing camera, more RAM memory, more internal storage, improved audio and a much, much stronger build (see our LG V10 drop test for more on that).

On the other hand, the LG G4 fits better in the hand, has a curved screen and a very elegant (and customizable) design. It will also likely be more affordable and still has all the awesome specs, stunning camera, removable battery and expandable storage support. The choice just depends on your needs and how much you value the extra things the LG V10 has to offer.

Let us know your thoughts!

  • s2weden2000

    that’s right!

  • Daggett Beaver

    I wasn’t looking forward to the V10 at all, but now I’m REALLY liking what I see so far.

    • Chirag Kalra

      The UI looks shitty as hell!

  • Kamen Minkov

    What exactly is DSLR-like in the controls when you still have to tap around the screen to accomplish stuff?

    • motoridersd

      It’s DSLR-like in the settings you can control, not how you interact with it.

      • Dani T.

        One thing i`m missing tho is Focus Locking. :(

    • Dani T.

      have a bunch of dials and buttons that would make the phone look “awesome”..i dont know how ppl keep comparing tiny sensor phones to even crop sensor DSLRs..phones can maybe replace your compact camera and thats more than fine.But they are still worlds to DSLRs in some categories(low light and DoF wise).

  • Atlanta Owner

    I’m hesitant to ‘trust’ it, though. The G3 had a dim screen with overheating issues. The G4 has sensitivity issues with it’s screen for many users. So the last two flagships… well… LG hasn’t instilled confidence in me to be 1st in line for a V10. It LOOKS really interesting and like something I’d try, but I’ll need to wait until it’s been out a while and lots of user reviews start coming in before taking that chance.

    • motoridersd

      I never had the touch issues on my G4 when it wasn’t charging, I did see them while charging. The latest update fixed that. I would agree with waiting until it was out.

    • danny wood

      One quick point about G4(own it) touch sensitivity issues. Go settings/accessibility/motor and cognition/touch feedback time and change to medium. Has helped significantly for me. I found this tip in another forum and I dont remember the poster. Cheers!

  • danny wood

    Please tell me they use the same battery…how cool would THAT be? I already have two batteries for my G4 so…

    • 404

      Same 3000mah, but dunno if same shape. Prob same shape tho

      • mingkee

        The models are different
        G4/G Stylo: BL-51YF
        V10: BL-45B1F

    • PaceyPimps

      they don’t the V10 it’s better because it’s flatter making the phone slimmer

  • raffr

    Curious about the price. As for the phone meh. It seems device makers are trying anything to differentiate themselves at the high end. I prefer the 6edge +. It’s a tough market when you can pick $350 phones with nearly identical specs.

  • William

    please find a way to adjust the video’s volume before i press play…it’s very annoiyng…or do some Hi-Fi equipment giveaway, just in case something breaks LOL, the Youtube alternative was better imo

  • V-Phuc

    For such a big phone, 5.7 and plus, some kind of curve back would help. I’d think that a similar curve back as on G4 would help the V10 feel (a bit) better in someone’s hand. The straight edges may be a bit uncomfortable when you grip the phone for a long conversation.
    Good thing that they bump up the base storage to 64GB. Even better that they still include microSD card.
    Removable battery. Sweet too.
    When will they put front speakers? I was hoping to see them.
    What about stylus? I believe if LG wants to target the power users, they must somehow find a way to include the stylus feature. Many tasks can be accomplished better faster, and more precise with a stylus than with fingers or keyboard. For that reason, LG missed the boat on the V10.

    • zp

      Stylus and front speakers would make this a no brainer. As is, I’m torn.

  • James Theodore Retuya

    It looks like a better offer than the g4. Let’s see its battery life. If it’s as dismal as the g4 then that’s a shame.

  • 404

    G4 looks better.

  • Noel

    I like everything about the V10 but in a G4 size…I should add flat screen preferred and don’t care much abt the secondary screen or place it at the bottom for easy reach.

    The V10 shows us LG’s hand in the direction they might be heading wiith the G5.
    I see a smaller 5.5″ screen V10 with the Qualcomm SD820 Chipset, hopefully a bigger 3500+mAh battery, 21MP back camera with f /1.8 lens, same dual front camera set up, keeping the fan favorite SD card slot plus removable battery.

  • Amit Bind

    Global rollout?

  • Ted Mosby

    Off topic question : do you know which launcher is on the G4 on the pictures?

    • nvcom

      i don t know!!! lol

      • Ted Mosby

        Too bad… Hope someone can tell us ^^

    • 404

      original LG UI

  • nvcom

    Hi, what is the launcher in G4??

    • 404

      stock

    • John Garlits

      It’s LG’s own launcher, which you can easily switch out if you want.

  • Nicholas Whiteman

    Having the G4 the only thing i want from the V10 would be the finger print scanner. There is very little out there to really use those 4gb of ram. I have a big hand and the G4 is a reach from corner to corner. The second screen is pointless to me, i wouldn’t use it and since i use a full locked screen with no shortcuts. Security is my one mindset . I dont like the removable battery and I hope 6.0 removes being able to turn the phone off while locked. That has angered me since the Chocolate. Because of the sd slot internal storage doesn’t mean much. Oh and i dont take selfies so only the woman’s phone would need that double camera.

    • Cole Raney

      How can you not like removeable batteries? If you don’t swap batteries, it os no different than a phone with a removeble battery.

  • Adam Knapp

    Can’t they make the G4 not suck before they release another phone to make it look outdated?

  • robertkoa

    Like the Design of V10 and durability but way too large for an Active Person to carry.

    I hope LG uses the Stainless Design/Removable Back on
    G5 in 2016-

    AND -makes a stainless G5 Compact at 5.0″ screen FULL FLAGSHIP SPECS.

    I hope LG takes a cue from Apple with 2 different sized Flagships.

  • Jason M

    I’m upgrading to the V10 for one simple fact. The G4 is the most fragile phone that I’ve ever owned. Love the camera, but the camera class somehow shattered while in my pocket. After replacing the glass the camera still worked, but had issues where it would take forever to read the sensor to process the photo and the focus never fully worked right again. I’ve had probably 7 phones over the last 8 yrs and never had this kind of issue. The cause for this is the curve that gives it better had feel. It puts the camera out front and center. Even with a case on the phone, the camera glass got damaged and I’m still trying to figure out how it happened. Also, while the phone sat on my coffee table, my dog hit it with his tail and it fell off the table approx. 20″ onto the rug which has hardwood underneath. While not a hard surface drop from a considerable distance, the phone still never worked the same again. It still works, but is kinda glitchy.

    • 404

      Really? I thought the G4’s plastic/leather would absorb shocks better than my metal M9

    • Olekx

      I have the LG G4 for 5 months and it has fallen down a lot of times and nothing happened. I have a case on the phone, but the a case has been broken but not the phone. Maybe you had a cheesy specimen.

  • John Galt

    Among current software builds anyway (Android 5.1.1), there is more control over the V10 camera than the G4, especially in video mode. A few reviews have described it as a videographer’s phone.

    This despite the fact that the camera hardware is identical in both devices.

    Also, the V10’s fingerprint sensor is not accepted by all applications. According to LastPass, LG has not published the Lollipop API for their sensor. However, since it’s the same sensor as the Nexus devices use, it’s expected to work with the standard Android APIs when Marshmallow arrives on the V10 with its built-in fingerprint code.

  • Nikkolus Page

    V10 doesn’t have a better front facing camera… Yes, it has two 5 megapixel cameras which offer a wider shot for selfies, but the higher quality is with the G4, it has an 8 megapixel front facing (single) camera.

    • S Blevins

      Yeah, the two on the V10 look pasty and dull in comparison…

  • Afterschool Carl

    the v10 looks like a phag phone

  • Ameer

    No matter what… I love my G4

  • LGV10 to replace my antiquated LGG3.

  • Tony Powell

    That V10 is so fucking ugly….much prefer the G4. Not worried about selfies or secondary display…just gimmicks.

  • AS118

    I tried holding the V10, it was WAY too big for my hands. The G4 also was huge, but it was just small enough to handle. Plus, I liked the curve to the screen, that already saved the screen once when I dropped it outside of it’s case, and it hit the floor screen-first. Sure, I had a screen protector on it, but it couldn’t land screen-first because of the curve.

  • stephen minardi

    ther a Huge difference in battery life also that tou completely failed to mention…lg g4 19 hours of talk time 15 days stand by…..lg v10 only 10 hours of talk time and 5 days stand by….i thought my g4 was bad….the v10 made me fell Much better about my g4 battery life for sure dont forget that the g4 has a better pixel rate also

  • Arcest

    I’ve read that the LG V10 does not have OTG, but some day “VT10” has. What’s happening here?