The modern smartphone is a wonderful device, but cramming all that tech into such a small space usually means that doing something as simple as replacing the battery requires you to dismantle the device down to its component atoms. If you want a smartphone where the only tool you need to change the battery is your hand, then the LG G4 may be the handset for you.
One of the things to strike me from iFixit's teardown of the LG G4 is how much thought has been put into building a device that's beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. There are no huge gobs of glue holding things together, no proprietary fasteners, and no huge warnings about voiding the warranty if you want to replace the battery.
It's all incredibly refreshing.
Inside the Android 5.1-powered LG G4 are a number of high-end parts:
- 5.5-inch IPS "Quantum" display with 2560 x 1440 resolution (538 pixels-per-inch)
- 6-core, 1.8 GHz, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
- 3 GB of Samsung LPDDR3 RAM
- 32 GB of on-board Toshiba NAND storage, expandable up to an additional 2 TB with a microSD card
- 16 MP, f/1.8 rear camera with OIS and laser-guided autofocus
- 8 MP f/2.0 front camera
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 BLE, and NFC connectivity
Digging further uncovers:
- Broadcom BCM4339HKUBG 5G Wi-Fi client
- IDT P9025A Qi wireless power receiver IC (although there is no support for wireless charging)
- Qualcomm WTR3925 LTE transceiver
- Qualcomm PMI8994 power management IC
- Qualcomm PM8994 power management IC
- Avago ACPM-7717
- Qualcomm WCD9330 audio codec
- SlimPort ANX7816 Ultra-HD transmitter
- NXP 47883 NFC controller
If you want a high-end smartphone, this may very well be the handset for you.