LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – The G4 wins the connectivity battle with its SlimPort® 4K TV out feature
4K Out? Sorry, Samsung.
Both the G4 and S6 have 16-megapixel rear-facing cameras that are capable of shooting 4K video. It looks gorgeous, and plays back on the 1440p displays like silk. But how do you get those videos off of your smartphone?
I had a few situations where I needed to show people something on my smartphone, but had so many troubles with playing back 4K content from my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Why? Because Samsung doesn't think shooting 4K and playing back that 4K video should be easy, because it's not.
In order to playback my 4K content from my S6 edge, I had to plug it into my laptop, transfer the video to my laptop, and then plug said laptop into a 4K TV in order to play it back. Both of Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphones only support Miracast, and with Miracast not supporting 4K, you're completely stuck. You have to transfer your 4K content off of the phone, and onto another device before you can even play it back. And in this day and age, with a $1000+ smartphone, you simply shouldn't have to do that.
The G4, on the other hand, features Analogix's SlimPort technology. All you have to do to playback your 4K content on your G4 is use a SlimPort 4K cable, and plug it into your 4K TV and voila - 4K playback. It makes the G4 seem leaps and bounds better than the S6, and in this area, it really is. It feels as though Samsung, with all of the internal prowess, is stuck in the dark ages when it comes to getting your beautiful 4K video out of the smartphone, and onto a TV.
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