LG G5 unveiled with modular design and always-on display

LG G5 unveiled with modular design and always-on display

LG today hosted a special event at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to unveil the anticipated LG G5. The new flagship smartphone features a modular design and an always-on display.

To make a significant difference from the predecessors — G4 and G3, the LG G5 has a “fluid metal” unibody build that not only sports with a removable battery but also comes with an ability to let users add some hardware modules. This sounds similar to Google’s Project Ara, which is yet to be available commercially. However, LG’s model presently supports just two modules, namely LG Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play.

LG G5

LG G5 with modular design

The LG Cam Plus enhances the camera functionality of the G5 with a physical buttons for power, shutter, camcorder, zoom, LED indicator and an extended grip. It additionally expands the battery life on the smartphone through its embedded 1,200mAh battery.

And for an advanced music experience, LG has the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module. This new module has a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology in a Scandinavian design.

LG G5 module

LG G5’s Cam Plus module enhances camera capabilities with physical controls

The LG G5 has a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with a 3D Arc Glass protection. The display panel has the company’s proprietary Always-on feature that was debuted on the LG V10 through a second screen earlier this year. Moreover, it provides notifications, time and battery status in a real time.

Under the hood, the G5 has a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with an octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB expandable storage. The South Korean manufacturer has provided Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the G4 successor with a proprietary skin on top.

The LG G5 has a dual-camera setup on the rear — one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens. The company claims that the new technology enables 1.7 times wider view angle than existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. Additionally, there are features like Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot.

On the connectivity front, the G5 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, NFC, Infrared (IR) blaster and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone also has a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner. Besides, there is a 2,800mAh battery that works with the Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) technology. The company claims that the built-in technology enhances the battery efficiency by up to 41.9 percent through improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.

LG G5 specifications:

  • 5.3-inch QHD IPS Quantum display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with LG Optimus UX 5.0
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) processor
  • 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB expandable storage
  • 16MP+8MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC, IR, USB Type-C port
  • 4G LTE support
  • 2,800mAh battery

The LG G5 with Titan, Gold and Pink color options will be available starting April.

Categories: MWC 2016, Smartphones