When LG first announced the G4 a few weeks ago, many of us were dumbfounded that they explicitly told us that the phone does not include QuickCharge 2.0. This feature is one of the most appealing aspects of new Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors and it seemed very odd that LG would leave it off their flagship phone.
Today we found out that the G4 actually does support QuickCharge 2.0, which is built-in to the Snapdragon 808 running the show inside the phone. Apparently, LG decided to not emphasize this feature because they felt that having a removable battery was going to set them apart from HTC and Samsung more than the quick charging feature. It is great to have a removable battery, I always carry an extra one, but everyday consumers like to have more options. QuickCharge 2.0 will let you charge up your phone to half capacity in a matter of 30 minutes or so. If you aren’t a tech enthusiast or don’t have space to carry an extra battery, this is a great feature to have.
The way I see it, LG is trying to avoid the scathing review given to HTC when they did not include the quick charging capable charger with the HTC One M9. LG chose to not emphasize QuickCharge because they were not shipping the phone with a power brick that would let you take advantage of the feature. If you pair the G4 with a third-party QuickCharge enabled charger, of course it should work just fine. Overall I’d like to see my smartphone have both a removable battery and a quick charging power brick in the box, I don’t think that is too much to ask from today’s expensive flagship models.
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