The LG G5 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2016 on February 21 in Barcelona. It’s already a huge step-up from the G3 and G4 handsets.
It’s also a step up from the LG V10, which was already a preview of what’s to come on the G5, according to the Android Guys. The V10’s design was a natural progression from the G4, but instead, it featured a rubber back cover and metal on the sides. It also boasts a larger battery at 3,000mAh, but more on that later.
Not much is different between the two, other than the fact that the G5’s display is smaller, the body is more slippery, the battery is smaller, and the HiFi DAC is an add-on advantage.
The company hasn’t confirmed when the phone is set for release, but they said that will roll out to “key markets” in the early part of April. Those key markets may include the U.S., Europe, and Korea, but the company hasn’t confirmed this information as of yet. LG also has not announced the price for LG G5 or any of its accompanying accessories.
The LG G5 will come equipped with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. One key feature to note about this phone is that it’s the first phone to have a metal unibody handset. Its shape and design are the most talked about aspects of the LG G5. It has soft curves that make it look attractive, and it measures at 7.7mm thick.
There’s a small button on the side of the phone that allows you to remove the battery with ease. The volume controls are on the side, while the power button and embedded fingerprint scanner are on the back.
The LG G5 features a 5.3-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, 554ppi. It’s the largest display on an LG handset. It also comes with a 16-megapixel sensor front-facing camera with another 8-megapix sensor camera on the back. The 16-megapixel camera works as a standalone camera, while the 8-megapixel has a 135-degree lens, so you can take wide angle shots.
As for the inside, the LG G5 operates on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 octo-core chipset with 4GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot in case you store a lot of photos and videos on your phone.
The LG G5 battery has a capacity of 2800mAh, which isn’t impressive. But you can easily remove the battery from the phone and replace it with a larger one. This handset also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C charging capabilities.
So, how does it stack up to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S? According to a Forbes tech report, the LG G5 is a clear winner when it comes to battery life, storage, and camera shooting. But you may want the iPhone 6S or Galaxy S7 if you want the ease of use for mobile payments.
If you need more convincing on whether or not you should consider buying the G5, then Forbes has already given you the following five reasons.
1) LG is the first to release a modular smartphone.
2) It has both wide angle camera and extra camera modes.
3) It has an all-metal casing, which is a first for LG.
4) The G5 is the first to run on Qualcomm’s 820 chipset.
5) LG is also launching its own headset, the LG 360 VR, to go with the G5.
According to Phone Arena, the LG G5 will hit “tier 1” markets in the U.S. in April. The four major mobile carriers will probably take pre-orders by next month.
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