Today LG introduces its latest flagship Android smartphone, the G5. LG’s fingerprint scanner is positioned in the same spot as the 6P’s Nexus Imprint, and the G5’s camera module also protrudes ever so slightly from the body. Both phones are housed in anodized aluminum and available in silver and gold colorways, and both have beautiful, high-resolution (2560 x 1440) displays. LG enjoys a couple of subtle advantages: with a 5.3-inch screen, the G5 has higher pixel density than the 6P or LG’s 2015 flagship G4, and the new phone’s unibody shell is undisturbed by any antenna lines. They are still there, but LG uses a process it calls micro-dizing to perfectly disguise the antennas.
LG designed the G5 to be slightly modular. The bottom of the phone pops off and the company is releasing several packs that can snap in place. LG has yet to say how much the G5 or the accessory packs will cost.
The Hi-Fi Plus adds a better speaker to the G5. Designed in part by B&O, this pack is said to improve the audio quality produced by the G5. It also packs a 32bit DAC. To use this amp, owners must plug their headphones into the 3.5mm headphone jack built-in to the Hi-Fi Plus rather than the 3.5mm jack located on the top of the phone. When used, the Hi-Fi Plus makes the G5 a bit longer. It also only comes in black.
The LG Cam Plus puts physical camera controls on the G5 and adds an additional battery pack to the phone. This add-on features a dial to let the user have analog-like zoom control. It also rocks buttons for the shutter, exposure lock, and power. The pack is used in conjunction with the G5’s 2,800mAh battery and has an additional 1,200mAh battery. To use any of the accessory packs, the bottom of the G5 snaps off.
Like previous models, the G5’s battery can be swapped on the fly. The bottom of the phone pops off, revealing the battery.
The backside of the G5 houses dual cameras. One has a standard 78-degree lens while the other rocks a 135-inch lens, which LG says is the widest available on any smartphone.
Like the LG V10 before it, the G5 sports a display that’s always on. When the phone is not in use, it will display the time and select notifications. LG says this feature only consumes 0.8% of the total battery life an hour and likes to point out how many times smartphone users toggle on their display just to find the time.
The phone feels great. The body is constructed entirely out of metal and there isn’t a sharp line on the device.
The G5 is slightly smaller than an iPhone 6s Plus and feels just as nice in the hand. A user would be hard pressed to tell the difference in screen quality over an Apple device. At this point, most high-end smartphone screens look great until overly scrutinized.
LG G5 Specs & Hardware
For the sake of brevity, here’s a breakdown of the LG G5’s specs and hardware.
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
Colours: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
The LG G5 will be available to buy in April. LG did not confirm pricing or exact dates, annoyingly, though we expect more information regarding this will make itself known in the coming weeks.