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LG G5 vs LG G4 hands on | MWC 2016

LG’s G5 is an all-metal Android-running modular powerhouse, but how has it improved on last year’s G4? 

Besides eschewing plastic and leather for a Terminator-style full metal jacket, the LG G5 rocks a slightly smaller screen. While this might seem like a step back at a first glance, the smaller size makes for a better fit in the hand. Despite its metal body, the LG G5 feels surprisingly light. That decreased screen space combined with the same Quad HD resolution (2560×1440) means that the LG G5 boasts a slightly higher PPI (pixels per inch) count. 

The LG G5 is also running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. While LG has confirmed that the G4’s due to get an upgrade to Marshmallow at some point this year, we still don’t have a solid UK date just yet. 

Again, in terms of camera firepower, the LG G5 doesn’t appear to have moved on from the LG G4 in terms of megapixels; once again we’ve got a 16-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie machine. 

A closer look reveals that the LG G5 features a new wide angle shot mode; this sees the sensor activating a wider 135-degree arc, allowing it to capture more peripheral details. When you take pictures in this new super-wide mode, it’ll halve the maximum resolution to 8-megapixels. Check out our hands-on video with the LG G5’s camera here

We’ll take a look at the LG G5’s camera in closer detail soon; check out our YouTube channel for more uploads coming thick and fast from the Mobile World Congress 2016 showroom floor. 

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