LG has pulled the wraps from its latest offering the LG G5 at the Play event at the ongoing MWC 2016 in Barcelona. The latest flagship will aim at rendering a completely fresh experience for premium smartphone users. The USP of the LG G5 will be the semi modular approach which promises to transform the G5 into a digital camera, hi-fi player amongst other things. The phone also boasts of an expansion slot which would let users plonk in additional battery and other modules.
The look and design of the phone is in line with what was leaked yesterday. It comes with a metal body with a fingerprint scanner at the back which has the power button built in. The volume buttons have been moved to the sides. On top of the fingerprint scanner is the new dual-camera module. Other than that, the other unique feature of LG G5 is its expansion slot which can accommodate multiple modules.
Today, LG has already unveiled two of the additional modules, the CAM Plus and the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play.
- The CAM Plus can be attached via the battery slot and it will offer the grip and positive ergonomics usually offered by the DSLR cameras. The Cam Plus Module would also offer auto focus, exposure lock and will come fitted with the power, shutter, record, and zoom buttons. Further, the module will also provide the G5 with an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh.
- The Hi-Fi Plus is a module that would appease any audiophile, the Hi-Fi audio player can be plugged in to the LG G5 and alternatively it can also be used as a standalone device. The module is essentially a high end DAC (digital audio chip) which can interface with any smartphones or PC.
LG G5 Specifications
LG G5 draws its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, the phone offers 32GB of Internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot. The display shapes up as a 5.3-inch QHD unit set to offer a pixel density of 554ppi. The 2,800 mAh battery pack seems slightly underwhelming, especially after considering the fact that it has to power up the QHD display. Thankfully, the G5 comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and removable battery to make up for it. The phone also comes with an always on glance display that lets you check the time, battery status, and your notifications without waking the phone (similar to what we saw on the LG V10).
The LG G5 boasts of a two camera setup at the rear which consists of a 16-megapixel 78-degree lens and another 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle lens, this is something that the company claims will help you capture landscapes with a wider perspective and also accommodate more people into the frame. The front camera is an 8MP shooter with auto focus.
There’s a USB Type-C port which is USB 3.0 compatible, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi 802.11ac – basically a fully loaded connectivity spec sheet. At 159g, the G5 is rather light for a metal build phone and the back is curved from 7.7 to 8.6 mm in depth. It runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be available in four different colors – Silver, Gold, Pink and Titan.
Along with the LG G5, the Korean giant also unveiled some companion devices which it calls ‘LG Friends’. For now, there are 6 of them, but can expect more in coming days – 360 CAM, 360 VR, Rolling Bot, Tone Platinum, Smart Controller, H3 by B&O Play.
360-Cam and 360-VR are aimed at helping users capture VR and 360-Degree videos and the comapny claims that the VR Goggle is much lighter than its competition. The most interesting of the lot seems to be the Rolling Bot which captures image and videos with its camera whist rolling around. The Rolling bot just doesn’t stop at being a toy and it can also be used for security and surveillance .
Tone Platinum touts to be the first loseless 24-bit audio Bluetooth headset which comes with aptX HD codec. If you want to control drones video stream from the LG G5 in real time the Smart Controller is a handy tool.