While all the talk might have been about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 ahead of the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, earlier on Sunday, LG unveiled its new flagship smartphone.
The LG G5 is a revolutionary Android device, which is every bit as impressive as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge.
LG’s new flagship not only continues where last year’s excellent LG G4 left off, it raises the bar further still and gives us a glimpse into the smartphones of the future.
What’s unique about the LG G5 is that it has the option for users to add customisable modules that help to expand what the phone can do.
Press a button on the side of the device to release the G5’s battery and users can add one of two modules, the LG Cam Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus, that add photo and audio features and which were first rumoured approximately one week ago.
LG hasn’t yet released any pricing information on the extra modules, with plans also in place to release more modules later this year.
Alongside innovative features, is a sleek and stylish design which looks just as good as the Galaxy S7 or latest iPhone.
The all metal LG G5 has a 5.3 inch display with a Snapdragon 820 processor and two rear facing cameras. The first being a 16MP shooter, with the other an 8MP lens capable of taking 135 degree wide angle images.
The phone also includes an ‘always on’ display, which despite the name does turn off when it detects it is in a pocket. The new feature uses part of the screen to display the date, time and other notifications without the need to wake the phone up.
The G5 also has 4GB of RAM and a 2,800mAh battery.
LG is yet to announce an official release date but it is expected in April in major markets, and in Thailand a short time after, as was the case when LG launched the G4 in 2015.
Alongside the LG G5, the company also showcased its new virtual reality headset and robot.
LG’s Rolling Bot can be controlled remotely using the G5 and has been designed with entertainment in mind. It has a built in camera and includes a laser that your cat can chase. LG said it could also be used for security or surveillance.
Perhaps more interestingly the LG 360 VR headset which connects to the G5 via USB-C, rather than connecting to the front of the device as with the Samsung Gear VR, features two built in displays of its own – one for each eye..
LG G5 specs
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
- Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Camera: Rear Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front 8MP
- Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
- OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
- Weight: 159g
- Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
- Colors: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
More info: LG
LG G5: Official Product Video
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