LG says no to compromises with LG G5 flagship smartphone
Goodbye leather, hello aluminium. LG today announced the LG G5, it's first flagship smartphone to feature an all-metal body, eschewing the plastic and leather combo used by its predecessor. While aluminium phones typically mean users aren't able to remove their device's battery, the G5 is an exception to the rule thanks what LG is calling a "modular" "no compromises" design.
Pressing a small button near the bottom bezel pops it off, allowing users to slide out the G5's battery. Notably, users will be able to replace this bezel with a number of add-ons that extend the phone's functionality.
LG CAM Plus will provide the G5 with a grip, hardware controls, and an additional 1,200mAh of battery life.
LG Hi-Fi Plus, built in collaboration with Bang and Olufsun, is a high-resolution DAC audio player, allowing the smartphone to play back 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio. This kind of audio quality is typically only found in dedicated audio devices.
In addition to the brand new design, the G5 is a little smaller than the LG G4, with it's screen measuring in at 5.3-inches (but still running at Quad HD resolutions). The display has a new always on mode, showing date, time and notifications even when the G5 is in "sleep mode". LG says this will use 0.8% of the phone's total battery capacity per hour.
Other hardware includes the new high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a rear-facing fingerprint reader, a USB Type-C connector, and a 2,800mAh removable battery.
On the back is not one, but two cameras; a 16MP shooter, and a smaller 8MP lens with a much wider, 135-degree field of view. Users are able to swap between these when zooming in the G5's camera app. The wider camera should make it easier to capture landscapes or large group photos without having to physically move.
The G5's front-facing camera measures in at 8MP.
LG will support the G5 with a number of other accessories including a virtual reality headset and a 360-degree camera. Rather than requiring users to dock the G5 in a shell (like with Samsung's Gear VR), the LG 360 VR is a much smaller headset with its own displays that's powered via a USB Type-C connection to the phone. As such, the LG 360 VR weighs just 100g. Out of the box, it will be compatible with 360-degree YouTube videos and Google Cardboard enabled apps.
LG has yet to confirm the G5's pricing and availability. It will launch in silver, gold, pink, and black. Pricing for accessories hasn't been confirmed either.