LG has finally officially announced the G5 flagship smartphone at MWC 2016. The main feature is modularity.
LG G5 is official with very anticipated specs. 5.3″ Quad HD display is always-on and there are two cameras on the back. Snapdragon 820 powers the thing with 4GB of RAM as expected and the battery is rated at 2800mAh.
But seriously, those specs are nothing as the LG G5 is the first modular smartphone. The bottom part of the all aluminium unibody slides off revealing the replaceable battery and allowing modular parts to be attached. At launch there are at least a camera control module and a higher quality audio module available. It’s interesting to see how the modularity inspires accessory manufacturers to bring their own add-ons to the G5.
All the good things of the G4 are still here. The SIM-tray also accepts a microSD card and as said the battery is replaceable, although a bit small in capacity. The design is a major step in right direction as the metal body has gentle curves all around. The micro USB port has changed to a type-C port which supports Quick Charge 3.0.
The camera is a major feature of the phone. There are two sensors on the back, one with usual 78-degree lens and one with impressive 135-degree lens, more than human eye can see. On the back, there is also a dual led flash, laser autofocus and a fingerprint scanner.
Unfortunately LG has done very little to improve their user interface. For example the outdated colors are back and for some reason LG has even opted to remove the app drawer.
LG just couldn’t wait until February 21. They have already released a case for the upcoming G5 flagship.
LG has released a Quick Cover Case for the LG G5 which doesn’t officially exist yet. The G5 is going to be announced on February 21 at MWC.
The case itself has some kind of mesh cover, which allows text to be readable from the screen and touch inputs to work. This enables phone call and alarm control without opening the case. LG also reveals that the G5 will have an always-on display as the case will always display time and notifications through the little window.
The phone is not visible in any of the case images so the possible body material change is still unconfirmed. According to rumors, LG will ditch the plastic in favor of a premium metal body. Also rumored are a replaceable battery and powerful specs including Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Source: LG Newsroom
It looks like February 21st will be the mobile industry super day of 2016.
LG had already sent press invitation for an event to happen on February 21 about a month ago but we weren’t sure what was going to be released there. Now, LG’s Facebook page has added a gif confirming the release of the G5 flagship smartphone. Samsung is also rumored to launch their Galaxy S7 series smartphones on the same day.
Recent leaks have suggested that LG would step into the premium game with the G5. The body is rumored to be made out of metal but replaceable battery and microSD card slot should still be on board. LG is also rumored to include a fingerprint scanner and some kind of dual camera setup.
Source: LG on Facebook
LG has sent press invitations for a release event at MWC and at the same time we have rendered image of G5’s battery solution.
LG has sent invitations for the event with text “Play begins, Barcelona February 21.” Play can mean so many different things and the LG G4 already has high-resolution audio so we are not sure what to think about this invitation.
The more interesting thing is the rendered image that reveals LG’s plans to step up in the premium game as well as keep the replaceable battery. According to the image, the bottom of the device will slide off to release the battery. This looks very interesting because many have criticized Samsung about ditching the replaceable battery for the premium build. LG might do it right if this information turns out to be correct.
Other things to expect in the G5 are Snapdragon 820 SoC, 5.3″ QHD display and great camera performance. Hopefully LG will also clean up their UI as it is one of the worst on the flagship phones recently.
Source: CNET Korea