Sunday 25 February 2018

MWC 2016 - LG G5 makes changes with modules

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Paul Mallon

LG brought their new G5 handset to Mobile World Congress 2016 and it's all change for the flagship model thanks to a modular design

We've been hearing about the LG G5 for quite a while now, and Mobile World Congress 2015 has finally seen the launch of the device.

And it looks pretty marvellous, in addition to being one of the biggest revolutions in design we've seen from a major smartphone manufacturer in years. That starts with an all new look and a smaller screen size of 5.3 inches. It's still large and detailed and is set in a sleek metal uni-body that's glorious to touch and feel. The weird volume rocker on the back has been moved to the side (thankfully) and the sleep/wake nub is on the back, complete with a handy fingerprint reader.

The Always On display is another new feature, which leave important information like time and notifications on at all times. LG says it will drain the battery at a mere 0.8 percent per hour, potentially less than constantly waking the screen to check it every few minutes.

We're very interested in the new camera setup, which features two sensors on the back of the device. The 16 megapixel sensor is big and bright and fast, producing strong images in line with their recent handsets but the second one is where things get unique. This 8MP camera has a field of view of 135 degrees. That means its actually wider than what we see with our own eyes and almost twice as wide as regular phone cameras. This means you can fit way more of the image in at all times, making it great for group shots or landscapes. There's also an 8MP shooter on the front.

The biggest news is that the new G5 features a modular design. Press a button at the bottom allows you to twist off the base and remove the battery compartment. And then you can use a range of new add ons to bring new features to your phone. The simplest is easily snapping in a replacement battery but there is also an optional camera controller, audio enhancer and a dedicated drone controller. You can even make it so that the phone can control a tiny rolling robot with its own camera - which sounds very cool indeed.

Check out the specs of the phone:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
  • Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB + microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm / Weight: 159g

The premium smartphone market is saturated with impressive handsets, making it harder than ever to stand out from the crowd. With top tech and a host of new features, the LG G5 is staking a claim for the most unique flagship out there, and we think it could be a huge success.

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