LG G5 with Modular Design and Dual Camera announced; Specs and Price
Finally it is official, the first mainstream modular Android smartphone the LG G5 has been announced at the MWC 2016. The device with a “fluid metal” body and beveled edge to edge glass looks sleek and premium.
The device is sturdier than the previous models with plastic body. The phone has retained the back power button which incorporates the fingerprint sensor, while the volume rocker is placed to the left side of the device.
The bottom part can be removed and access battery and card slots, and allows several of accessories which LG calls “LG G5 Friends”, to be attached to it. For instance, a camera grip module provides camera controls and additional battery life 1,100mAh, while an audio DAC module “friend” helps for a more immersive audio experience. LG will soon let third party manufacturers to create even more add-ons.
Among the LG G5’s ”Friends” is LG’s own VR headset which connect the device is its USB Type-C port.
In terms of specs, the LG G5 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset wtih staggering 4GB of RAM. The graphics side of the phone is taken care of by updated Adreno 530 which demonstrates up to 40 percent faster graphics performance and up to 40 percent more power efficiency. The device comes with 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot for further expansion. The phone packs small-ish 2,800mAh battery.
The Snapdragon 820 also supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology, improving charging speed by 27% and efficiency by 45%.
The phone boasts a 5.3″ LCD with an always-on mode with a dedicated memory and a power-sipping secondary chip that lets the screen remain on 24/7 even while the main chipset is on sleep mode.
The G5 has also borrowed the dual selfie camera idea from the V10. One camera features 75° Field of View (FoV) and 16MP sensor, the second one is much wider, 135° and 8MP sensor. Images from both cameras can be combined with various effects and a real-time preview.
The LG G5 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG’s own custom UI which uses the same colorful visuals found on the G4 and G3 skins. However, instead of the usual app drawer, the new phone comes with an approach that puts all the apps on the home screen just like Apple devices, which lets users find the apps much easier.
Unfortunately LG hasn’t officially announced price and release date for the G5, but rumors suggest the price around $650 to $700 range, with an expected release in early April.