The solace of Quantum
What you get in return is a pretty large screen. LG hasn’t pushed screen size any more this year, though. Just like the LG G3 it’s 5.5 inches on the diagonal. It hasn’t even tried to squish down the screen surround any more either, something LG used to be very much into.
Resolution is the same too, although at 2560 x 1440 you couldn’t realistically ask for any more. This gets you pixel density of 538ppi. These pixels are so tiny, so packed in that I gave myself a headache trying to spot any sign of pixellation. Just like last year, sharpness is incredible.
So is it exactly the same as the LG G3 screen? Not at all. The LG G4 actually has a totally new kind of panel.
It’s still an IPS LCD screen, but this one uses Quantum Display tech. Sounds a bit Star Trek, but what this does is use both blue and white backlight LEDs plus colour filters to get the right shades.
It allows the LG G4 to pump out more vivid and saturated colours, delving further and deeper into the spectrum of colours human eyes can make out. Sure enough, colours pop that bit more than last year’s model. This is a super-vivid screen, undoubtedly one of the best available right now.
A redder shade of Red
But is more colour always good? Looking at the LG G4’s interface, some of the elements look a tiny bit overcooked. The YouTube logo pops so hard it’s almost difficult to look at. But at least it’s not as bad as the Nexus 6’s screen, which is drowned by colour.
There’s a bit of over saturation here because the software doesn’t seem to take account of quite how far into the red spectrum the Quantum display can dig. The general character of the screen is also quite cool, which is no great surprise when the phone uses blue backlight LEDs.
This is one of the best phone screens made yet, but if you have £500 in your pocket and want the most accurate screen, you’re probably still better off with a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Note 4. They offer screen modes that tame the incredible colour skills of Samsung’s OLEDs. If LG had implemented similar colour options we’d have little hesitation in proclaiming it the very best phone screen available.