The modern smartphone is a hardware-packed and feature-rich device. It means cramming a lot of advanced tech into a small space. As a result, doing something as trivial as replacing the battery means dismantling the device into its smallest pieces.
If you prefer a smartphone where the only thing required replacing a battery is your hand, then the LG G4 is the right choice for you. iFixit’s teardown of the LG G4 revealed quite a few interesting things.
Mostly, it revealed the immense amount of thought that was put into the making of the G4, resulting in a device beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. It doesn’t feature any huge blobs of glue holding it all-together or any proprietary fasteners and is totally devoid of unnecessary warnings about how the warranty gets nullified if you replace the battery.
Compared to that, the LG G4 is quite refreshing. The Android 5.1 powered device features an impressive set of hardware and high-end parts. The 5.5inch IPS Quantum display features a 2560×1440 display resolution with 538ppi. Under the hood, it has a 6 core, 1.8GHz, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.
It runs on 3GB of Samsung LPDDR3 RAM. It has 32GB of onboard Toshiba NAND Storage, which is further expandable to a massive 2 Terabytes, with a microSD card. It has a 16MP f/1.8 rear camera with OIS and laser-guided autofocus along with an 8 MP f/2.0 front camera. Other than this, the device features 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, and NFC connectivity.
Keep digging further, and you’ll notice the Broadcom BCM4339HKUBG 5G Wi-Fi client. It features an IDT P9025A Qi wireless power receiver IC but keep in mind that there is no additional support for Qi charging. It has a Qualcomm WTR3925 LTE transceiver, a Qualcomm PMI8994 power management IC and a Qualcomm PM8994 power management IC.
It features an Avago ACPM-7717, a Qualcomm WCD9330 audio codec, a SlimPort ANX7816 Ultra-HD transmitter and last but not the least, a NXP 47883 NFC controller. If you are looking for a high-end handset, rest assured this is a formidable device to be looking at.
Right now, the LG G4 is available all around the world and also from all five major carriers located in the United States. It first arrived on June 4th at Verizon but it was noticed that various key features were missing on Verizon’s LG G4.