LG G4 benchmarked - how does the Snapdragon 808 fare?

LG G4 benchmarked - how does the Snapdragon 808 fare?
It's time to satisfy your curiosity about the newly announced LG G4's benchmark performance! The smartphone's announcement had us very interested in it too, as the LG G4 ships with an unorthodox spec sheet that sees the hexa-core Qualcomm Snadpragon 808 CPU, Adreno 418 GPU, and 3GB of LPDDR3 ram as its central pillars. No other smartphone that's currently on the market has the same configuration. 

In the first quarter of 2015, the Android competition has adopted four options. Camp Samsung uses its own Exynos 7420 chip paired with the ARM Mali T760 GPU. Camps HTC, Sony, and Xiaomi choose the Snapdragon 810 SoC and its advanced Adreno 430 GPU. And on the eastern front, there are the Meizu and Huawei camps, which rely upon the MediaTek MT6595 (PowerVR G6200MP4) and HiSilicon Kirin 930 (Mali -T628 GPU), respectively. Where does the LG G4 and its Snapdragon 808 position itself in this challenging landscape? And more importantly, does it deliver the expected flagship performance? Let's examine the benchmark results and find out!

Of course, one should be fully aware that synthetic benchmarks measure performance in pre-calculated tasks and scenarios, and are therefore not fully representative of normal everyday usage performance. What they do is form an accurate impression of how different smartphones and their specific hardware components handle themselves under intense load. Trying to assess normal usage performance via tests is not only impossible due to the subjective nature of the "normal usage" term, but it doesn't make much sense either. See, even the low and mid-range Android phones of today have the essential, basic tasks covered. We need to look beyond that to truly see what a smartphone is capable of, and that's where the benchmarks come in.

CPU Performance

We use the Vellamo Metal and Basemark OS 2 tests to assess CPU performance. In these tests, the LG G4's Snapdragon 808 CPU generally performs great, moving slightly ahead of the power-hungry Snapdragon 810 CPU in the HTC One M9, and tailgating the Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge's Exynos 7420 SoC. Although the SD 808 has just two Cortex-A57 cores, whereas the SD 810 and Exynos 7420 both have four, the 808 performs better than expected. Its results suggest that manufacturers could have an easier time squeezing peak CPU performance out of the lowlier SD 808 rather than the SD 810, which is more powerful, but often falls victim to throttling and struggles to live up to its potential. Still, the 14nm Exynos 7420 is the top dog right now, while the Kirin 930 (Huawei P8) and MediaTek MT6595 (Meizu MX4) are unimpressive all-around. Their results boil down to the economical CPU cores used in both. The Kirin 930 utilizes exclusively Cortex-A53 cores modified by Huawei, while the MT6595 uses power-efficient Cortex A17 and A7 cores. Still, it has to be noted that both processors are designed as upper mid-range products, rather than flagship solutions. Hence, their performance is fair, but it illustrates a significant gap between "upper mid range performance" and "flagship performance". One would expect this gap to be narrower today, no?

3D Performance

The LG G4 and its Snapdragon 808 SoC generally position themselves slightly below the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its Snapdragon 805 SoC in the 3D performance tests AnTuTu and GFXBench. That's a disappointing turnout for a 2015 flagship smartphone, but it can be easily explained. Hot-headed it is, but the Snapdragon 810, which spearheads the 3D performance benchmarks, has a killer graphics unit - the Adreno 430. It reaches more than double the 3D performance of the LG G4's lowlier Adreno 418 GPU in the GFXBench rendering tests. The Adreno 430 even outguns the Mali T760 found in the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge's Exynos 7420 CPU, while Huawei and Meizu's upper mid-range solutions finish after the LG G4's Adreno 418, which is already behind the Snapdragon 805's Adreno 420 GPU (as measured in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4). However, it has to be considered that the Adreno 430 in the HTC One M9 is powering a 1080p display, which means it doesn't need to deal with as many pixels as a 2K resolution device, such as the LG G4, would have to. We'd assume that the odds would be evened out to an extent, if the Adreno 430 were to handle a QHD screen.

System performance

The AnTuTu test gives a good all-around perspective over system performance under load comparable to that of intense general usage. Unfortunately, the LG G4 is once again unable to stand up to flagship performance expectations. The AnTuTu results position it above the Snapdragon 805 in the Galaxy Note 4, and near general ballpark of HiSilicon and MediaTek's processors, which might be a good achievement on its own, but pales in comparison to flagship silicon performance. The Snapdragon 810 in the HTC One M9 runs significantly faster than the SD 808, Kirin 930, and MT6595 processors, only to be eclipsed by the Samsung Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 edge.


All things considered, the LG G4 can be identified as an upper mid-range smartphone that incorporates flagship display and camera technologies. What does that mean in practical terms? We believe the most noticeable performance impact will be felt in heavy 3D gaming and 4K video recording scenarios, where the LG G4's "not quite there" graphics unit and older memory technology won't be able to deliver consistently smooth, effortless performance. To the strictly specs-minded buyer, the LG G4 probably doesn't seem like a good proposition in comparison to the Galaxy S6 edge at the high-end price point, or to Chinese "affordable flagships" at the low and mid-price point. But if we look at the vast majority of customers, the ones who are mostly after attractive design, a bright colorful display, and a solid camera, we think the LG G4 has what it takes to win their attention.

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  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    LG UX UI



80. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

If anything, these benchmarks encouraged me to go with the Huawei P8, since it can hold its ground against the LG G4!

81. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I was just thinking about that... And now I'm curious about how well would the kirin 935 version of the P8 do in this comparison...

75. javaprof

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

s6 is best in all benchmark and best in dxomark because s6 is best phone ever.

69. Reyzero

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Disappointed in G4, its the same when samsung introduce s5 over s4 in term of design. I prefer iphone 6 or galaxy s6 than G4. Maybe next year LG!

65. godfathertig

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Am I the ONLY 1 who Gets a ANTUTU score of 53000 on my NOTE 4? these scores are Not RITE!

62. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Error on phone arenas part. Note 4 does NOT score 41k on Antutu. It scores 49-50k REPEATEDLY bone stock. And that's on Kit Kat.probably even higher on lollipop....

53. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Soooooo... NO.

52. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

That's a shame, with the Note 4 having an upper hand in GPU. Wouldn't say performance is bad by its own, but it sort of is compared to the other flagships. I was expecting LG to step-up their chipset game this year because G3's performance was so disappointing. Oh well.

47. wesley.

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It looks like a fair performance if the battery life is superior, which the S6 and M9 cannot claim, despite leading the performance benchmarks.

46. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The CPU perfromance is very good, but using the Adreno 418 was clearly a mistake. Was there no way they couldn't use a 430 with this SOC? T

60. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed +1 Adreno 418 is the real game changer

66. audiophizile13

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Yeah for le that play a lot of 3D games having the 418 makes this a midrange phone. For people who don't care about intensive 3d gaming but EVERY OTHER aspect this is easily right up there with the current 2015 flagship if not better. If it feels anything like the g3 it will be much more comfortable to hold than the s6, the pure cpu performance in the tests were on par with m9&s6(which is what matters when not 3d gaming), battery should be better than m9& s6, if the screen and camera hype are true awesome, plus an SD and removable battery makes it a big win. Not to mention the memory issue of the s6... If everybody is on here complaining about uses their phone as a gaming device this is not the device for you. Everybody else should probably test and see what they like. I prefer LG's skin way more than touchwiz. Lg has also had a history of boot loader "bypasses" where Sammy's have been forced to safestrap. A lot to consider but I'm leaning g4

44. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

LG G4 is looking like a great device at least from my point of view. I'm fine with the S808 & A-418, because for my use, I'm never going to use the full potential of this hardware except for the camera and display. I don't understand when people just slam a phone on raw specs when most of them will never use the full potential like me. (I still use my 2.5 years old Nexus4 and its keeping up great IMO) I'm more than happy with this phone and subjectively for me, it looks great with the light brown leather back.

43. Dvoraak

Posts: 21; Member since: May 14, 2014

This is why I doubt LG's official line about the 808 decision. It's more likely that they didn't want to damage Qualcomm any further by admitting the 810 had issues that were going to affect performance.... at least more likely than deliberately hobbling their flagship with a 2nd tier processor if the 810 was a viable option.

59. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Its not about damaging Qualcomm, its about damaging their own worth as they had passed a statement after launching the GFlex 2 saying "SD810 doesn't throttle or heat at all, actually its cooler than SD801" that statement locked them from pointing a finger at Qualcomm. Poor LG :(

41. mmdkhdm

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I like to see Geekbench score!!

73. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

kinda odd that the benchmarks weren't as comprehensive as other major models, you're right.

37. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Looks I'm holding into my current phone for a while longer. If the Snapdragon 810 did not have any issues and had been in the G4, I would be getting the G4 asap. I'm not paying for the upgrade and locking into a contract for a midrange phone.

36. TechGirl90 unregistered

The fanboyism for Samsung is strong in this comment section, LOL, look, like what you like, but don't ridicule others who have a different opinion than yours. Samsung is not this perfect flawless holy company that can turn anything to gold when they touch it or heal the sick, or bring back the dead, same goes for all companies on this planet, you've been living in a dream world, time to wake up and smell the coffee, ALL companies have strong points and bad points, Just being realistic instead of oblivious. That being said I'll say this, I'm not gonna let benchmarks determine whether or not I should purchase this device, real world user experience matters more than benchmarks to me, because that's how you truly know whether the device is a good performer or not, benchmarks are just numbers.

38. alias3800

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Yeah, let's not talk about the S6 and S6 edge lead the pack in benchmarks, but then cripple all games by limiting performance to 30 fps. Real compelling buy, guys.

45. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Super like for this post..

58. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I just love this line from the GSMARENA G4 benchmark article, its best example for S6 & G4 comparison and the line goes as below. "It’s obvious that the G4 is little faster than the G3, but if it’s the Samsung Galaxy S6 it’s after, we’re afraid, it has brought a knife to a gunfight." Lollzz

35. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Benchmarks are not everything. Much more important is real-life performance and throttling.

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I love how Exynos is "Samsung's own." The 14nm process is "Samsung's own," everything else about the SoC is "ARM's own." There is no Samsung magic at work there. Qualcomm could have gone stock ARM (The CPU is ARM, but the GPU is not" and been better off. Word is the Adreno 430 is the Achilles Heel of the SD810.

63. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

ARM doesn't design SoCs. They design mobile CPU and GPU cores. The SoC is Samsung's design, not ARM's. The CPU and GPU cores on the Exynos SoC are ARM designs, but almost everything else on the SoC is Samsung's proprietary technology like the LPDDR4 RAM, UFS 2.0, as well as Samsung's own PSR.

32. rifat44

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

just come on guys it is proved that PA is samsung and apple biased

31. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The LG G4 performance benchmark results are in and they are not stellar http://blog.gsmarena.com/lg-g4-performance-benchmark-results/

29. euklidis

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

You should re-run the antutu with version 5.X for the note 4 and LG G3. The results will be higher

28. rifat44

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

in my views,the ram should be 4GB instead of 3 and a battery of 4000mah(yes i know mah doesn't really matter).....and also in the same price as of now the phone would have come to the no.1 spot

79. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

100% on the ram as its only ddr3, very cheap on lgs side of things

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