We were expecting to wait until Q3 of this year, but LG delivered earlier than expected this year. Just days ago at MWC 2016, alongside the unveiling of Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG also made an appearance, and unveiled their brand new LG G5, successor to the G4.
LG has made a bold move, carrying out experiments with this futuristic like device. As we’ll discuss later on, there’s a couple of amazing new features, one of which LG calls, their “Magic Slot.”
To start off, design wise, the front of the LG G5 looks extremely identical to the LG G3, with a few exceptions being a more curved body, and a new display, although it’s now 5.3 inches, .2 inches smaller than both the G3 and G4. Resolution wise, there’s still a crisp 2560×1440 Quad HD display here, but LG has implemented a new feature called “Always On” where a small portion of the display will be lit up even when the display itself is turned off, to show the time, date and small notification icons. Some of you may think, “won’t this affect battery life?” The answer is not really. The always on display feature was tested at the demo unveiling, and was discovered to use less than 1% of total battery PER HOUR. Even a full day accounting for around 8 hours on a single charge, that’s still only 8%.
Next up, we’ll talk hardware. As with any flagship phone from an OEM as large as LG, we can most certainly expect the latest and greatest, and what is featured is what we’ve expected. The LG G5 ships with Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Quad-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 820. This features dual A72 performance cores clocked at 2.15GHz, and another 2 efficient A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz. Coupled with that is the next-gen GPU, the Adreno 530.
As mentioned before, we get a smaller form factor device, sporting a 5.3 inch Quad HD display with 554 PPI, protected by Gorilla Glass 4, featuring a shared feature with the S7, the Always on display.
As for other miscellaneous hardware, we get a fixed storage size of 32GB, supporting expandable storage via MicroSD card. There’s a Sony manufactured f/1.8 aperture 16MP primary camera and an f/2.4 aperture 8 Megapixel front facing camera, packing laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and LED flash, (all of which were a feature-set offered in the previous 2 generation of LG’s G series flagships.) While we’re discussing the features located on the backside, LG has also migrated the fingerprint sensor from the LG V10 here, which can be taken advantage of from Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s native ability to support a fingerprint sensor for quicker and more reliable security.
A new feature we’re seeing here is the next-gen standard, USB Type-C, which offers faster transfer speeds (dependent on technology base) and reversibility, as well as the capability to transfer data, power and video signal all through a single slim port.
Last but not least, we have the battery. By default, the LG G5 ships with a slightly smaller 2800mAh battery, but that’s not without a benefit. LG’s final new feature happens to be what they call, the “Magic Slot” where the entire bottom portion of the device is dedicated to hotswap “modules” manufactured by LG themselves, as well as third party vendors in the near future. These modules can be a larger battery, a “point and shoot” camera module, and so on. There’s also Qualcomm’s proprietary Quick Charge 3.0 technology present, which allows batteries to charge 83% in a mere 30 minutes.
Pricing is unknown, but availability will be expected within 2 months, offering 3 flavors, including Silver, Titan, Gold and Pink (possibly other colors depending on Korean exclusive models.)
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