LG’s 2016 flagship is finally here. The G5 is the company’s first as well as the industry’s first modular smartphone.
Unlike previous LG G series flagships that sported a polycarbonate build, the G5 features a much more premium “fluid meta” body. The bottom chin of the smartphone is removable, allowing you to access the battery as well as the card slots. It can also be used to insert several modular “add-ons” such as the LG Cam Plus camera grip, Bang & Olufsen DAC, and more.
As far as the specs go, there aren’t any major surprises as it turns out the Venture Beat report was right on the mark with most details. The smartphone comes with a 5.3” IPS LCD display with 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution and the “Always-on” feature. It is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset with the Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Onboard storage hasn’t seen an upgrade over the G4 in terms of capacity, you still get only 32GB of internal storage with the G5. As expected, a microSD card slot is included, so users will be able to expand storage further by up to 2TB. However, LG is using significantly faster “UFS” memory this time, so transfer speeds should be improved.
Moving on to the cameras now, the G5 comes a dual camera setup both at the back, just as the rumors had indicated. The main camera offers a 75-degree FoV and boasts of 16MP resolution, while the secondary module offers wider 135-degree FoV and 8MP resolution. You will be able to merge the output of both sensors and use various effects as well. Right below the dual camera setup, we find a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well. On the front, you get an 8MP snapper similar to the one on the G4.
The G5 is between 7.5 and 8mm thick and comes with a relatively small 2800mAh capacity battery. Since the G4 and V10 weren’t too remarkable in terms of battery life with their 3000mAh capacity units, we do wonder if the G5 will be a disappointment as well in this department. On the software front, the G5 unsurprisingly runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s custom UX layer on top.
Along with the G5, LG also announced quite a few other “companion” products for the flagship smartphone. These include the LG 360 Cam to capture 360-degree content, LG 360 VR headset, and the LG Rolling Bot home monitoring system.