Last week we shed some light on the G5, the flagship phone from LG showcased at the MWC 16, which garnered much praise and accolades. It has the distinction of being the world’s first modular smartphone to be sold in the consumer market.
The main screen of the G5 has a 5.3-inch QuadHD IPS display with 1440x2560p resolution rendering at 554ppi, with the second “always on” screen giving quick access to items like system time, date etc. In terms of hardware, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 820 paired with the Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB DDR5 RAM. For storage, it comes with 32GB internal memory expandable up to 200GB via microSD. The smartphone has two rear cameras, with one having 78 degrees FOV and the other, 135 degrees wide while the front features an 8MP camera.
The modular tag comes into play with a 2,800mAh swappable battery and various add-ons, such as the Cam Plus, a camera grip adding 1,100mAh battery and dedicated hardware controls, such as video button, zoom controls, hardware toggle. Another add-on is the Bang & Olufsen DAC module, which ensure high-quality sound output. LG has made the smart move of granting access to the modular components to third parties, so expect a wide variety of add-ons in the near future.
Although the price is yet to be decided, LG India confirmed that it will be launching the smartphone by Q2 2016 (April to June).