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LG’s G5 is its first-ever modular smartphone

LG’s G5 is its first-ever modular smartphone
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During its Play Begins event at the Mobile World Congress 2016, LG Electronics unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the G5.

Sporting a sleek metal body with a slide-out battery and modular type design, the LG G5 is set to revolutionize the mobile device market. The G5 was launched alongside a collection of companion devices, the LG Friends, which includes a camera, Hi-Fi player, virtual reality headset, among others.

Even with a full metal unibody, the G5 allows you to easily swap out depleted battery for a fully charged one in mere seconds with the slide-out battery. The modular type design enables the LG G5 to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player, and more.

Among the modules available for the LG G5 are:


A versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot, the CAM Plus delivers a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. It comes with its own physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, and LED indicator. Plus, it provides an additional battery juice of 1200mAh when attached to the G5.

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LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY

Want to enjoy top-notch sounds on your mobile device? Attach the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY module to the G5. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology, the Hi-Fi Plus also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. You can connect the Hi-Fi Plus to any smartphone or PC and use it as a separate Hi-Fi DAC.


Aside from the modular type design, the G5 boasts two powerful cameras on the rear: a standard 78-degree lens and a 135-degree wide angle lens. The widest available in any smartphone, the 135-degree lens offers a viewing angle that is about 1.7 times wider than standard phone cameras. Add to that the G5’s collection of photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect, and Auto Shot.

Notifications are just a glance away with the Always-on Display feature of the LG G5. You can take note of the time, date, and other information from the 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display of the G5 even when it’s in Sleep Mode. Meanwhile, the Daylight Mode gives the G5 exceptional outdoor visibility by detecting surrounding light conditions and instantaneously increasing or decreasing the display brightness up to 850 nits.

As part of the ecosystem, the company also introduced the LG Friends to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries. The wide range of companion devices include:

LG 360 CAM

It’s a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1200mAh battery, and 4GB internal memory (expandable via microSD card). The LG 360 CAM captures 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording.

LG 360 VR

This VR goggle can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. Weighing 118g, the LG 360 VR has a resolution of 639ppi and is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with the LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content. Its stylish foldable design lets you bring it anytime and use it anywhere.

LG Rolling Bot

The LG Rolling Bot captures images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera while it rolls like a ball. With an IP camera that connects via Wi-Fi, you can monitor your home via live streaming.

LG Tone Platinum

LG’s latest entry in its Tone series, this Bluetooth headset comes with a Balanced Armature design and aptX HDcodec, whcih delivers lossless 24-bit audio for sound.

H3 by B&O PLAY

Designed for audiophiles as well as anyone who considers audio performance a top-priority in a smartphone, the H3 by B&O PLAY is a set of high-end earphones that is compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY.

LG Smart Controller

The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones, and check the video stream from the unmanned aircraft through the LG G5 in real time as well as control it with the LG Smart Controller joystick.

LG Friends Manager

Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps.

Here are the key specifications for the LG G5:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor
  • 32GB internal storage, microSD up to 2TB, 4GB RAM
  • 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 554ppi Quad HD IPS Quantum display
  • 16MP standard plus 8MP rear cameras; 8MP front cameras
  • LTE, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2
  • 2800mAh removable battery
  • Dimensions: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Colors: Silver, Titan, Gold, and Pink

The LG G5 and the LG Friends are expected to be available globally from the beginning of April.

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