It was one of the stars of MWC 2016: the LG G5, available now in the United States and expected to launch in the UK on April 8th. With an all-metal design, the new handset is also the first modular smartphone ever released by LG.
What makes the LG G5 so special? Here are 5 reasons why you should buy a LG G5!
Hands-on with the LG G5: welcome to a modular world.
The G5 is LG’s most beautiful smartphone yet – compared to its predecessor, the LG G4, which was made out of a plastic material (but also included a ‘premium’ leather version), it is looking much sleeker and lightweight, and is available in silver, titan (a dark grey), gold and pink.
Its 5.3-inch screen comes with an impressive 2560x1440 QHD display, slightly curved on the top to give the phone a seamless look. The all-metal body looks clean and minimalist, with only a few buttons on each side. Having ditched the volume keys on the back, the rear of the phone now only sports a fingerprint reader and slightly protruding dual cameras.
The LG G5 features dual rear cameras, which are meant to be used independently. You can either use the 16-mp or the 8-mp snapper, which makes up for its lower megapixel rating with a brilliant wide angle lens.
Although the pictures taken with the wide angle camera do lack in quality when compared to the 16mp photos, it is still a fantastic way to photographs large objects, scenery, and group shots where a regular camera wouldn’t be able to capture everything.
Much like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 features an always-on display showing the time, date and notifications without needing to wake up the phone.
Despite the fact LG decided to make a battery-hungry LCD display ‘always-on’, the company has said it’ll only drain the battery by 0.8% per hour – which is about the same as the Galaxy S7.
The 2,800mAh battery is removable, allowing to replace it would it run out before the end of the day.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, the LG G5 is incredibly fast and powerful, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also contains 4GB of RAM and 32GB of memory, expandable through the addition of a micro-SD chip.
What is really special about the G5 is the addition of a custom processor core designed to assist the Snapdragon 820 and take some strain off the main cores – which should result in better power management, quicker results and better battery life.
What does modular mean? Quite simply, it means you can upgrade your phone with companion accessories (the “LG Friends”) which you can use to add features and enhance capabilities. The Korean company describes their brand new modular design as “customisation made easy”.
Not only does the G5’s battery pop out with one press of a button, you can also get more control over your dual-cameras by adding the Cam Plus, a camera grip which gives you better zooming precision and extra control over the cameras.
The Hi-Fi Plus DAC module also gives you better audio through your headphones or speaker, while the LG 360 Cam and 360 VR rival Samsung’s own version of 360-degrees cameras and virtual reality headsets.
The LG G5 is definitely one of the best smartphones to come out this year – although we’re still waiting to see the likes of the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and iPhone 7. Take a look at our LG G5 deals and get your hands on the modular smartphone now!