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LG brings out innovative features to its new flagship phone that are finally not gimmicky

LG G5

Today at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 Barcelona, we’ve had plenty of new announcements from Android phones manufacturers.

One of the highlights is of course, the new LG G5 smartphone running Android, a successor of the LG G4.

The LG G4 has been praised by many reviewers, especially for its awesome camera that takes awesome quality shots even in low lit condition. The LG G5 obviously takes that success into something further.

This time, the LG G5 actually has 2 rear cameras, the extra one being a 135-degree wide angle lens camera (about 1.7 times wider than a traditional smartphone camera) – perfect to take that landscape shot or a group of people in an event, say.

It also has a completely new design, bearing a little resemblance to Huawei’s Google Nexus 6P in a good way. It seems to be more compact and looks easier to be carried around compared to the older LG G4.

The power button is located at the back, which also features the fingerprint sensor. It makes sense – waking the device up while identifying your fingerprint to unlock the device at the same time.

The LG G5 has a 5.3-inch QHD IPS Quantum display and features an Always-on feature (the info was leaked and now it seems that the leak appears to be true). It shows time and date continuously even while the screen is in sleep mode. You’ll be happy to know that LG is utilising the technology used on LCD TVs to use as little power as possible for the Always-on Display feature. According to LG, this feature only requires 0.8 percent of the battery’s power every hour. So for a 10-hour day, say, it will take around 8% of battery. Not so bad.

Now, there is a “one more thing” with this device. LG features a sophisticated modular design where you can unplug/plug different modules to the phone according to your needs. LG calls this feature: “Friends”.

LG G5 accessories

 

Here are some of the add-ons and accessories at the moment, but expect more to come from LG:

  • 360 CAM: a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory.
  • 360 VR: a VR Goggle, allowing you to experience VR. Supports viewing 360-degree images and videos captured by the 360 CAM add-on, but also Google Cardboard’s.
  • Rolling Bot: a ball-shaped-like device that captures images and videos with its 8MP camera. It’s like the Sphero BB-8, but this one can actually do something useful.
  • TONE Platinum: a Bluetooth headset with exceptional sound quality (equipped with aptX HD codec, 24-bit audio).
  • H3 by B&O Play: High-end headphones for the audiophiles (32-bit).
  • CAM Plus: a camera module that can be attached through the battery slot for a more comfortable grip. Perfect for heavy camera users.
  • Smart Controller: a controller to control drones and other smart devices.

LG G5 Full Specifications

  • 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 7.7~8.6mm
  • Weight: 159g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.0 compatible) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
  • Colors: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink

LG G5 impressions from The Verge:

Australian pricing and release date are still yet to be confirmed, but we have word that the LG G5 is coming to Telstra. It will support category 6 LTE download speeds up to 300Mbps on our 4GX service (assuming you live in 4GX coverage). Price and plans have not been finalised yet but you can register your interest at Telstra’s website.

The LG G5 combines all the goodness and features that we wish are on a phone. It’s a combination of all the best things we have so far (Project Ara’s modular phone, cameras, always-on display, fast fingerprint sensor, and more!). Certainly one of the most exciting Android phones to have in the world today.

 

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