MWC 2016 - Meet the LG G5's modular friends
The LG G5 has gone all modular, letting you plug in fancy accessories and peripherals to get even more out of your handset
The LG G5 was just announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 and the big news is that it's one of the first major handsets to feature a modular design. That means the base pops off and you can add multiple accessories to bring new features and fun to the handset. A number of these extra modules, which LG is calling 'Friends', have been announced and they're coming from LG itself as well as through partnerships with other companies. At its most simple, this can be a quick and easy way to swap to another battery, with the added bonus of it feeling like loading another clip into a futuristic laser weapon, but there's a lot more in store. Read about them below.
LG CAM Plus The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. There are buttons for shutter, video and a zoom rocker as well as an extra 1200mAh of battery power when its connected.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY An innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only been available through high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design as well as premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology first introduced on the LG V10, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
LG 360 VR The LG 360 VR is a VR goggle that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish design that is foldable so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require a smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 118g (4.16 ounces) and is just one-third as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.
LG 360 CAM The LG 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The LG 360 CAM can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360-degree content. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content.
LG Rolling Bot The LG Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Not just a toy, the LG Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.
LG Tone Platinum The LG TONE Platinum is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone PlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it is the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.
LG Smart Controller The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones. With the LG Smart Controller, users can check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
We're all about the Rolling Bot, which seems like an excellent way to terrorise small animals and see what goes on in your house when you're not there. It's not clear just yet when all of these extras will be available, but a few are set to launch with the G5 handset in March 2016. More as we get it.