Finally, It’s time to play. The party at LG house has begun just before the Mobile World Congress kicked off yesterday. LG has officially released G5, its latest flagship offering in the G series. Apart from being pretty different from its predecessors, the G5 is also the first mainstream modular smartphone. So let’s quickly dive into what LG has put together for us.
On the design front, the G5 is the first all-metal smartphone in the G series. Look wise, the first notable change is in the back. The usual back volume rocker and power button combo is gone, making way for a fingerprint scanner (which we feel is the best position for it) and a protruding dual camera. Not much has changed in the front side. While liking the design depends completely on personal choice, we really like what we see.
The G5 also comes in different colour variants. Options include pink, gold, titan (charcoal), and silver.
As expected, the spec-sheet of the G5 shines bright like a diamond. On the paper, the G5 is an absolute beast. And going by the performance of its predecessors we are pretty sure G5 too won’t disappoint anyone.
The G5 sports a 5.3in QuadHD IPS LCD screen with an ‘Always on’ mode. While the always on mode seem like a battery hog, thankfully, it isn’t. A dedicated memory and secondary chip for the always on display lets the main chip sleep when the phone is idle, resulting in just 0.8% per hour.
The G5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the latest by Qualcomm, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It’s too early to comment on the performance but let’s just hope the 820 paints a beautiful picture for this years’ flagships. Furthermore, the G5 comes only with one storage option i.e. 32GB, a micro SD card slot that support expansion up to 2TB, and a 2800mAh battery. It supports QuickCharge 3.0 meaning the phone can charge from 0-80% in just 35 mins.
The rear facing shooting is a combo of one 16MP shooter with OIS and an 8MP wide-lens shooter. The former has a 75° Field of View(FoV) whereas the later has a much wider 135° FoV. On the front face, there is an 8MP shooter.
On software side, the LG G5 runs Marshmallow out of the box. LG has trimmed down its skin for a faster and fluid experience. One more notable change is the omission of an app drawer. Seems like a trend, as some rumours claim that android N too may come with no app drawer. Good or bad? Depends on you. If you don’t like this change, Nova Launcher has got your back.
Now the most interesting thing about the G5. Its F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The G5 comes with a removable bottom part. You can simply remove the battery from the bottom and attach supported modules. LG also unveiled a pack of these modules. These modules include a Camera module, the LG HiFi+ (with B&O Play) module, the LG 360 CAM module and the LG 360 VR module.
There is no word on the pricing or the availability of the G5 yet. LG said they will reveal price and availability around the end of March with a possible mid-April Launch.