In case you weren’t already aware, it’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 in Barcelona this week. The first of the new releases is the LG G5 announcement, presented within the last couple of hours.
LG G5 release:
We’ve heard and reported several rumours about the LG G5 over the last couple of weeks. The biggest rumour was that the LG G5 was going to have a ‘modular’ design allowing users to swap the battery whilst still keeping a unibody shell. Everyone commented (even us) that it was only going to be able to replace the battery, nothing else.
LG, however, amazed everyone by introducing LG Friends, several attachable modules to the LG G5 to alter the functionality of the phone. The two revealed at MWC were the LG Cam Plus and the LG HiFi Plus. These two modules allow you to increase the already impressive functionality of the LG G5 simply by swapping out the bottom connector.
LG Cam Plus:
The LG Cam Plus is a camera module which adds useful functionality to the LG G5’s impressive camera’s. It adds a 1,200 mAh battery to the LG G5’s 2,800 mAh battery allowing for up to 6-8 hours more use. The module also has dedicated shutter button, record button and a clicker wheel for the zoom. The added bonus is that the module gives you a bit of a boss for better grip of the phone.
LG HiFi Plus:
The LG HiFi Plus is a DAC portable audio player with B&O Play integrated. This gives the LG G5 32 bit audio upscaling and 384KHz HD audio playback. With technology from world renowned Scandinavian audio company Bang & Olufsen, you know your music is going to sound amazing.
LG G5 specs:
The LG G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (although we’re not told what kind or what number of processors it possesses), with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of Storage and space of a micro SD card of up to 2TB. The screen is a 5.3 Quad HD IPS quantum display and a resolution of 2560×1440 554ppi. The LG G5 will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The camera’s of the LG G5, an area where they have always been strongest, is another innovation for the LG G5. This year, the device has two rear camera’s. One 16MP camera and one 8MP camera. The 8MP rear camera has a wide angle lens allowing the user to take pictures with an angle of 135 degrees, the highest of any mobile phone. This means you get 1.7 times the ange of existing phone cameras and 15 degrees more view than the human eye. Along with the impressive hardware, the UX of the camera has been designed to take advantage of the wide angle with powerful effects such as Pop out picture (using a photo taken from both rear cameras), film effects (allowing you to add effects to the picture) and Auto shot, where the camera will take a selfie when it recognises the perfect facial expression for a photo.
The LG G5’s display is also an area of innovation with an always on display. This is the first main screen of any phone to be able to use the always on feature, allowing you to see messages, the time and date and other notifications without waking the device from sleep. If you’re worried about running the battery down, the new technology of the LG G5 uses only 0.8% of battery power per hour.
As well as the LG G5 release today, LG launched several compatible accessories to go with their new flagship phone.
- LG 360 VR: A light Virtual Reality headset which is connected to the LG G5 via dedicated cable and simulates a 135 inch tv viewed from 2 metres away.
- LG 360 Cam: as the name suggests, a camera with two wide angle lenses that allow you to take 360 degree film and photo.
- LG Rolling Bot: similar to a Sphero, the LG Rolling Bot can be controlled from your G5 but also ‘patrol’ your home allowing you to view everything through the IP camera in the bot.
- LG Tone Platinum: A Bluetooth headset which has earned the Harmon Kardon Platinum distinction.
- H3 by B&O Play: A set of earphones made in collaboration with B&O.
- LG Smart Controller: Allows you to control certain drones and view the video stream from the drone whilst controlling it with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
As of yet, we don’t have any pricing details for either the LG G5 or any of the accessories, but we do know that it will be launched worldwide in April.