MWC 16: LG G5 Hands-on. Performance and Modularity

Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | February 22, 2016 - 05:09 AM |
Tagged: video, snapdragon 820, snapdragon, qualcomm, MWC 2016, MWC, LG, G5

The new LG G5 flagship smartphone offers a unique combination of form factor, performance and modularity that no previous smartphone design has had. But will you want to buy in?

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I had a feeling that the Snapdragon 820 SoC from Qualcomm would make an impression at Mobile World Congress this year and it appears the company has improved on the previous flagship processor quite a bit. Both Samsung and LG have implemented it into the 2016 models, including the new G5, offering up a combination of performance and power efficiency that is dramatically better than the 810 that was hindered by heat and process technology concerns.

Along with the new processor, the G5 includes 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage with micro SD expansion, a 2,800 mAh battery and Android 6.0 out of the box. The display is 5.3-in and uses LG IPS technology with a 2560x1440 resolution, resulting in an impressive 554 PPI. LG has updated the USB connection to Type-C, a move that Samsung brushed off as unnecessary at this time.

The phones design is pretty standard and will look very familiar to anyone that has handled a G4 or similar flagship smartphone in recent months. It was bigger in the hand than the iPhone 6s but considering the panel size differences, it was more compact than expected.

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Modularity is the truly unique addition to the G5 though. The battery is replaceable by sliding out a bottom portion of the phone, released with a tab on the left side. This allows LG to maintain the metal body construction but still offer flexibility for power users that are used to having extra batteries in their bag. This mechanism also means LG can offer add-on modules for the phone.

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The first two available will be the LG Cam Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus. The Cam Plus gives the phone a camera grip as well as dedicated buttons for the shutter, video recording and zoom. Including an extra 1,200 mAh of battery is a nice touch too. The Hi-Fi Plus module has a DAC and headphone amplifier enbeded in it and can also be used connected to a PC through the USB Type-C connection; a nice touch.

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I was overall pretty impressed with what LG had to offer with the G5. Whether or not the modular design gains any traction will have to be seen; I have concerns over the public's desire to carry around modules or affect the form factor of their phones so dramatically.

February 22, 2016 | 05:52 AM - Posted by Fasic (not verified)

They need to make batterBank with 5x (or so) LG G5 battery's, that you can use for recharging all devices, and you can use that batterys to swap one in G5 phone :D

February 22, 2016 | 02:40 PM - Posted by ChuckyDB (not verified)

Take my 'like'

February 22, 2016 | 02:29 PM - Posted by KingKookaluke (not verified)

Nuff with the phone crap guys!

February 22, 2016 | 03:52 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Handspring Visor, is that you?

February 22, 2016 | 04:08 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

32GB of storage on a flagship phone? What year is this?

February 23, 2016 | 02:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Almost the seventh year in the microsd xc era, give or take a few weeks

February 25, 2016 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

If that satisfies you I'll sell you wife's old 32GB Nexus 5 for 700 bucks since you don't have any concept of price/value.

February 23, 2016 | 01:39 PM - Posted by BlakNite (not verified)

Is it the LG v10 that's the flagship; is this we taking the place of the LG V10 line? Well there be Qi charging functionality to this g5? Did LG fix the speaker issue that plagues the v10?

February 23, 2016 | 02:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


February 23, 2016 | 04:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The main question is, PRICE!!?

February 25, 2016 | 12:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You'd think LG would be pushing OLED on every device they sell. IPS sucks.

March 3, 2016 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Photonboy (not verified)

You might want to educate yourself better on the differences between IPS and OLED. Keep in mind not all IPS screens are the same, nor are all OLED.

"There really is no winner when it comes to AMOLED vs IPS LCD, but it's still helpful to know what each technology involves..."

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