MWC 2016: LG Announces the G5 Smartphone

Subject: Mobile | February 21, 2016 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: snapdragon 820, smartphone, qualcomm, MWC 2016, MWC, modular phone, LG G5, LG, ips, G5, Android

LG has officially unveiled their newest flagship Android handset, and in addition to high-end specs the G5 features a unique modular construction.

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The LG G5

The G5 is powered by the new Snapdragon 820 SoC, and offers a 5.3-inch, 2560x1440 IPS display (making slightly smaller than the earlier G4, which was a 5.5-inch device with the same resolution). And while the G5 looks every bit a sleek Android flagship, there’s more going on here than the typical sealed handset. LG has implemented a modular design, where optional components can be added from a port on the bottom of the phone.

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The LG Cam Plus (left) and Hi-Fi Plus (right)

The first of two announced modules is the LG Cam Plus, which is a camera grip that also adds 1200 mAh to the battery capacity (for a total of 4000 mAh). The second is the LG Hi-Fi Plus, which adds a high-resolution DAC and headphone amp to the phone. The headphone amp is “tuned by B&O”, and the DAC supports up to 32-bit / 384 kHz. The Hi-Fi Plus can also be used as a standalone USB device.

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(Image via Android Police)

One of the features that had leaked ahead of the announcement was an always-on display, leading to speculation about the use of an OLED panel. But this is LG we are talking about, and they have implemented a high-DPI (554) IPS display instead. So how does this always-on display feature avoid aggressively draining your battery? The post from ComputerBase offers this analysis:

“Instead, the company opted for an optimization of display drivers and power management in order to realize the permanent display of notifications, time, date and other information on the large main screen. The adjustments for example it is possible to limit the backlight to a part of the screen. According to LG, the activated always-on function consumes thanks to the optimizations per hour 0.8 percent of the battery charge.”

Specs via Android Central:

  • Display: 5.3-inch IPS quad-HD quantum display (2560x1440, 554 dpi)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 820
  • Storage: 32GB UFS ROM, microSD up to 2TB
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Rear camera: 16MP main, 8MP wide-angle (135 degrees)
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2800 mAh removable
  • Modules: LG Cam Plus (camera grip with 1100 mAh), LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play
  • Dimensions: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 159 grams
  • Networks: LTE/3G/2G
  • Connectivity: Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type C, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Colors: Silver/Titan/Gold/Pink
  • Operating system: Android 6.0.1

There were three additional accessories announced with the phone: The 360 VR (a VR headset) 360 CAM (for creating 360-degree movies and photos) and something called the Rolling Bot (a Wi-Fi connected sphere equipped with a camera, mic, and speaker).

Ryan had hands-on time with the G5 from LG's booth at MWC 2016:

No specific pricing or release date have been announced yet, but we should know more next month when LG is expected to provide more release details.


February 21, 2016 | 03:43 PM - Posted by dave702 (not verified)

So it comes with headphones when you purchase the DAC?

February 21, 2016 | 04:13 PM - Posted by Areus

My thought process:
Camera : okay I guess that's cool.
Hifi : Is it a dac? or a speaker? just the headphone port?
Always on Display: I can get behind that.
Living toy cat : AHHHHHH!!!
Room animates : WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT MONSTROUSLY ALIVE CAT THING!?
IOT : KILL IT!
LG-G5 stinger : O.O hold me.

February 21, 2016 | 07:42 PM - Posted by fkr

my assumptions are based on my experience with the lg v10. best phone ever.

as for coming with headphones it did at first through a promotion with LG. I would suspect the same this time around. my phone also came with a 120gig sd card. these promotions did not last very long

these are the headphones that came with the recently released v10

http://www.amazon.com/LG-HSS-F631-QuadBeat-Tuned-Headset/dp/B017SKOW30/r...

as far as the dac goes i would think it will be the same one that is in my lg v10

http://www.esstech.com/files/2314/4372/5609/Clean_LG_Press_Release_0-01-...

btw the audio is phenomenal, plenty of power and the sound is as good as anything I have ever heard that is portable. I used to use a fiio

my audio listening background is mcintosh based with WW era telefunken gold plated tubes.

February 21, 2016 | 09:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i guess your ears are broken if you are getting off to ear buds and a cell phone.

*yikes*

February 22, 2016 | 01:11 AM - Posted by DaKrawnik

The G in G5 stands for gimmick.

Verdict: Avoid.

February 22, 2016 | 05:09 AM - Posted by Positron (not verified)

I have never owned a cell phone. My first smartphone was a Handspring with a add-in phone module similar to this LG, way back in 2000. Seven years before the iPhone. The main reason for choosing the Handspring was the module system let me get a MP3 player too. The music module wasn't very good, but the phone was great!

I love my current HTC One M8 harmon/kardon edition, but it has the worst camera in the world. My first thought when seeing this was "I wish I could swap in a camera module to my phone."

February 22, 2016 | 03:58 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Yep!
Warm memories of the Visor returned as I read the release.

Seems we've come 360.

February 22, 2016 | 12:46 PM - Posted by thezfunk

I love the upgraded DAC option. It is about time poor audio was addressed in mobile. I don't know if it is any good but I like that it can be used with a computer as well.

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