To be honest here, being a tech savvy myself, I’ve never been that much of a fan of any LG flagship smartphones before – well, atleast not until this week. With the release of the new LG G5, I actually realized its great potential of penetrating today’s already stiff smartphone market. More than any gimmick, the LG G5 brings in to the table a number of genuine innovations and relevant features, making it stand out in the competition.
Introducing the LG G5
The LG G5 is the newest flagship device offering of LG for the year 2016. Together with other product launches (like the Samsung Galaxy S7), the G5 is one of the main product highlights of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016 ) held in Barcelona, Spain. It pushes further the boundaries of how users interact with their smartphones by making it even more fun and engaging as LG’s latest slogan says “Life is good when you play more“.
Design and Performance
The design of the G5 is a much deserved shift from the old leather/plastic material to a sophisticated full metal unibody design. It looks and feels premium with smooth rounded glass in four distinct colors: Silver, Gold, Pink, and Titan (Black). It kinda looks boring though at first glance with its plain solid metal design on the back but nonetheless, there’s more to it than just the appearance.
At the core of the G5 is the latest 65-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Comparing it with the last year’s G4, the G5’s screen size is slightly smaller at 5.3 inches from 5.5 inches of its predecessor. It still has the same Quad HD IPS screen display though at a super crisp pixels per inch ratio of 554 ppi. Volume controls are now placed back to the left side of the device while at the back is the power button which incorporates the new fingerprint sensor that’s almost visually similar to Apple’s Touch ID. It also uses the new USB Type-C port instead of the traditional microUSB 2.0 which extends numerous capabilities to the G5.
One significant improvement to the LG G5 is also the rear camera. It now sports a dual camera setup with two physical lenses and dual LED flash. The first one is a standard 16 megapixel shooter capable of capturing 2160p videos while the other one is an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera with a 135 degrees field of view. Photo and video quality looks sharp on the G5 and with the wide-angle lens, you’re assured of capturing every detail of any particular scene with a greater area of coverage.
Software wise, it runs the latest version of Android OS which is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Some of its distinguishing features include its Always-On display which shows the date, time, and notifications constantly and consumes only less than a percent of battery per hour. It also comes with its built-in fast charging technology called Quick Charge 3.0 that charges your phone up to 4x faster than normal.
A Modular Smartphone
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the LG G5 is it’s unique modular design – a first on any flagship smartphones in the market. At the lower half of the G5 is a detachable sliding module used to replace the battery or insert a microSD card. What’s even more fascinating is the ability to swap it with other companion modules called LG friends. These includes the LG Cam Plus which turns the G5 into a digital camera with a dedicated video and shutter botton and jock dial for zoom in/out. Other LG friends include the LG Hi-Fi Plus, LG 360 VR, LG 360 Cam, and LG Rolling Bot.
LG G5 Full Specifications:
- 5.3” inches Quad HD IPS display @ 554 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- 4 GB of RAM
- 32 GB Internal Storage
- Expandable microSD slot up to 2oo GB
- 16 MP + 8 MP (wide-angle) Dual rear cameras
- 8 MP front camera
- Android Marshmallow 6.0
- USB Type-C port
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- 2,800 mAh Li-Ion removable battery
- 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm dimension
- 159 grams
Price and Availability
To date, there is still no word from LG about the LG G5 ‘s final price and availability to the market. We can only guess it to be on the range of $600 to $700 which is pretty standard for any Android flagship smartphones.
* Images courtesy of Arstechnica