LG has officially taken the wraps of their latest smartphone the G5 along with some “friends” for it at MWC 2016.
LG decided to go with a metal design this time. Gone is the volume buttons on the back panel, they are instead on the side like every other smartphone. There is also a fingerprint sensor just like the one found on the LG Nexus 5X.
The G5 is being powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. The display is a 5.3-inch quad-HD display. The phone will launch with Android 6.0.1 with LG’s custom UI on top.
The battery is 2,800mAh and is removable with the G5 swappable modules. The G5 also has 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that is capable of microSDs up 2TB.
There are two cameras on the back of the G5, the main camera is 16-megapixels and the other rear-facing camera is 8-megapixels and wide-angle (135 degrees). The front-facing camera is also 8-megapixels.
Also in the G5, you’ll find NFC and a USB Type-C port that is USB 3.0 for faster speeds. The G5 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
The LG G5 will come in 4 different colours, silver, titan, gold and pink.
LG announced quite a few friends for the G5. Some of them are swappable modules and some take advantage of the USB Type-C port on the G5.
With the G5, LG introduced a special modular slot to upgrade parts of the phone.
LG CAM Plus
The first module introduced was the LG CAM Plus. This adds more grip and width to the device when you are taking photos. It also adds physical buttons like a camera shutter button and a analog zoom. It will also has a another battery built-in to give your G5 up to 4,000mAh of battery to use.
LG Hi-Fi Plus
The next module is the LG Hi-Fi Plus which makes the sound on the G5 even better. It is a high-quality DAC & amp that was tuned by Bang & Olufsen. The LG Hi-Fi can also be used on its own or with the G5. You can also connect it to PCs, Macs as well as Android and Windows devices.
LG 360 VR
LG also revealed the 360 VR which is a set of VR goggles that connect to the G5 via the USB Type-C port. It it supposed to give you the feeling of a 130″ display viewed from 2 meters away. Unlike Google cardboard, the phone isn’t actually placed in the viewer.
The 360 VR has support for 360 YouTube videos as well as Google Cardboard apps. It was designed to be used with LG’s 360 camera which also was announced.
LG 360 CAM
LG’s 360 CAM allows you to create 360-degree content to be viewed on the LG 360 VR and other VR headsets. It has dual wide-angel 13-megapixel cameras.
LG says that both cameras add up to a combined 16-megapixel image using their stitching algorithm. The camera is also capable of recording 2K videos. The images and videos can then be uploaded to YouTube 360 and Google Street View.
The LG 360 CAM has 3 microphones, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and a 1,200mAh battery.
LG Rolling Bot
The Rolling Bot is a Sphero-like device that rolls around and can take 8-megapixel pictures. LG says that this isn’t meant just to be a toy but can also be used as a pet companion, a home monitoring system . That’s thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity, speaker, built-in microphone.
It can also act as a remote controller for other home appliances using its two embedded infra-red sensors.
Some of the other accessories that LG announced were the TONE Platinum bluetooth earphones, the H3 by Bang & Olufsen wired earphones and the Smart Controller for drones.
LG said that the G5 and it’s Friends should launch sometime in April but no pricing was announced.