MWC 2016: LG G5 Reinvents the Flagship Smartphone
Samsung might have impressed with power by flexing its flagship muscles with the new Galaxy S7 range but LG might have just won the Mobile World Congress with charm and ingenuity. The ‘other’ South Korean manufacturer has just announced a truly unique addition to the premium Android smartphone market – a modular mobile featuring interchangeable parts which was unveiled as the new LG G5.
The LG G5 features a respectable 16-megapixel rear camera which captures high definition still shots and videos with LED flash and autofocus, usual extras such as geotagging and face detection are included and the main shooter is bolstered by an extra 135-degree lens and backed up by an 8-megapixel front facing camera. Connectivity on hand comes in the form of 3G/4G/LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with NFC available too and the handset comes on a removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery which offers a full charge in about 45 minutes.
The removable battery brings us to those interchangeable add-ons which provide the handset with ‘modular functionality’. The standard compartment slides out from the bottom of the LG G5 handset and allows the battery to be popped out and this also allows either an audio adapter developed by Bang & Olufsen or a camera control panel to be slotted in for advanced audio or one-handed photo snapping respectively.
The LG G5 comes out in April and will be available with a metal body in Gold, Silver, Titan and Pink. There are also some neat accessories to check out including the Rolling Bot, the 360 Cam and the 360 VR, a camera and headset duo used for capturing and immersing in 360 degree photo dioramas.