LG Electronics has officially announced its latest Flagship smartphone with modular design, dubbed as the LG G5. Company has also announced its LG Friends Devices that can transform the phone into Hi-Fi Player, Digital Camera, more.
The mobile phone comes in Silver, Gold, titan and Pink color options and will go on sale globally from April 2016. LG Friends companion devices will be available by the same time as well. Pricing details were not revealed.
[wpsm_quote author=”Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company” float=”left” width=”100%”]The new LG G5 will encourage owners to rediscover the true joy of a mobile life, The G5 and LG Friends are the result of many experts inside LG asking themselves if it was still possible to be innovative and unique in the smartphone space. I think once customers spend a little time with the LG G5, their answer will be a resounding yes. [/wpsm_quote]
LG G5 Specifications
The phone has measurements of 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 ~ 8.6 mm and weighs 159 Grams. Unlike its predecessor, the G5 has a brand new sleek Modular design, has metal uni-body and a slide-out Battery. It has a shiny cut edge for added contrast and comfortable grip.
LG’s innovative modular type design allows the phone to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi Player and more.
- The LG Cam Plus is a camera module that delivers comfortable grip and allows convenient control of a standalone camera. It can be easily attached through battery slot. It comes with Physical buttons for power, shutter, zoom, record, LED indicators etc. It also has digital camera features like intuitive auto focus and exposure lock. LG Camp plus when attached with G5 gives additional battery of 1200 mAh and has measurements of 73.9 x 61.4 x 15.9 mm. It has microphone, USB 2.0 Type-C and speakers as well.
- LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play is a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O Play. It has simple yet elegant Scandinavian design and comes with 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology. It also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. The LG’s Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play can be used as a module for the LG G5 or a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC. It has measurements of 73.9 x 43.85 x 7.4 mm, weighs 23.6 Grams and comes with Hi-Fi Ear-jack, Micrphone, USB 2.0 Type-C and Speaker
LG G5 Specs Include 5.3-Inch IPS Quantum Display (Always-on) with 3D Arc Glass. It has 2560 x 1440 Pixels resolution at 554ppi pixel density and supports multi-touch.
Under the hood is a Quad Core 64-Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor with Adreno 530 GPU. It also comes with lower-power Qualcomm Hexagon DSP and Qualcomm Spectra 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) that delivers high resolution DSLR quality images with additional power saving.
The X12 LTE model allows Cat12 speeds of up to 600 Mbps DL / 150 Mbps UL. The chipset is backed by 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB UFS ROM. Storage is further expandable up to 2TB using MicroSD Card. There is a Finger Print sensor as well for added security.
The handset runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box and comes with advanced LG UX UI. It comes with LG Friends Manager, a hub application that allows LG G5 to connect with LG friends with minimal fuss and effort. It automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly in 3 simple steps.
The LG G5 Features in Dual Cameras of 16MP and 8MP on the back, one with 78-degree lens and another with 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The phone also allows powerful photo effects like Pop-out Picture (combines image taken by standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect), Film Effect etc. Auto Shot is another Camera UX feature that automatically takes perfect selfie shots via its 8MP front shooter when recognized. Rear camera comes with Laser Auto Focus and supports 4K recording as well.
This mobile phone is equipped with 2800 mAh removable battery and uses Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology that enhances battery efficiency by up to 41.9 percent. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging as well.
Apart from 4G-LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G Networks, the G5 Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth V4.2, USB Type-C, GPS, 3.5mm Audio jack etc. The phone is also equipped with aptX HD codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth.
LG Friends and their Key Features, Specs
- LG 360 VR: VR goggle that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish design that is foldable so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. It weighs 118 Grams, has measurements of 164.07 x 185.61 x 45.9mm and delivers images via 1.88-Inch IPS Display with 960 x 720 pixels resolution at 639ppi pixel density. It has USB Type C port and is compatible with VR content by Google’s cardboard.
- LG 360 CAM: Compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery (70 minuets of video recording) and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. Provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones. It has measurements of 98.5 x 43.4 x 29.8T (cap included) and weighs 72 Grams. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are also supported.
- LG Rolling Bot: Companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. The Camera can move up or down up to 15 degrees comes with IR remote sensor, speaker and Mic. It has 20cm diameter and supports external MicroSD card slot.
- H3 by B&O PLAY: Set of high-end earphones that is compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. It has length of 1.2m, Weighs 16 Grams and sports 3 buttons for remote control and Microphone use.
- LG Smart Controller: Allows users to easily control certain drones. Lets you check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
- LG Friends Manager: Only available in the LG G5, it is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. It automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.