On the same day that Samsungannounced its two newest flagship devices (the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge), another South Korean tech giant, LG, has unveiled its own flagship offering. Just in time for the start of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in the city of Barcelona in Spain, LG officially introduced the LG G5, which now comes in a modular design. For good measure, the company also unveiled a lightweight virtual reality (VR) headset as well as a 360 VR camera at the MWC 2016.
The follow up to last year’s LG G4 smartphone, the LG G5 features a 5.3 inch Quad HD IPS display screen with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels and pixel density of 554 ppi. The smartphone also comes with a 16 megapixel camera and a wide 8 megapixel camera on the rear side, and an 8 megapixel camera on the front side.
Inside, the LG G5 is equipped with a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip set (similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices). This is supported with 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), as well as 64 gigabytes of onboard memory, plus support for an external micro SD slot that can expand the device’s memory to up to 200 gigabytes. The LG G5 comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system, an Always On Display feature, and a 2,800 mAh battery.
But what is really intriguing about the LG G5 is its modular design. The device possesses a small button on the side that allows users to pop off the bottom part of the smartphone, including its battery. With the predecessor, the LG G4, one had to pry open the entire rear section of the smartphone in order to remove the battery. But with the LG G5’s new design, changing the battery is made a lot easier.
The LG G5’s design also allows users to pair the smartphone with various accessory packs. There is the LG Cam Plus, which adds an extra battery (for a combined total power of 4,000 mAh) and physical controls for the device’s camera, e.g. controls for zooming, a shutter button. Another pack offers an enhanced speaker and a headphone amp.
The rear side of the LG G5 device features twin camera -- one with a normal 78 degree lens, while the other with a 135 inch lens, the widest on any mobile device, or at least as claimed by LG.
As for the Always On Display feature, it displays the time and specific notifications even when the device is not in use (like the LG V10 smartphone). This functionality only uses up 0.8 percent of the total battery life and saves users some time and effort when checking up updates on their smartphone.
No specific pricing and availability details are released yet for the LG G5 device, but the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States are all expected to sell the smartphone soon. If you want to compare the LG G5 to other LG devices, you can explore more phones and plans from LG at Wirefly now.
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