It looks that all the rumors so far suggesting that the LG G5 will feature an expansion slot are starting to make a certain amount of sense. After a rather blurry photo of an alleged LG “Magic Slot” expansion module leaked yesterday without too many details explaining the purpose of the device, today a new report emerged, shedding more light on both the aforementioned module, as well as a second one which should be fully unveiled on February 21st at MWC 2016.
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First things first, let’s begin by explaining the module spotted in yesterday’s leaked image (seen above). According to sources familiar, the module is known as the LG Cam Plus and as its moniker suggests, the module’s main purpose is to enhance the experience of photographers using the LG G5. It connects to the LG G5 through the aforementioned “Magic Slot”, and features a series of hardware buttons for controlling the flash, shutter, and zoom. It embeds its own 1,100 mAh battery which will further boost the LG G5’s battery capacity, and thanks to its size and form factor the LG Cam Plus will also contribute to a more comfortable grip while taking pictures and recording videos.
The second Magic Slot expansion module – which has yet to be seen in live photos or otherwise – will allegedly act as a powerful digital audio chip (DAC) whose main purpose is to deliver improved sound quality. The source claims that the DAC module is referred to as the “Hi-Fi Plus”, and adds that the unit was created by LG in collaboration with Danish consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen. Furthermore, rumors have it that the Hi-Fi Plus will not only act as a DAC for the LG G5 itself but also as an audio enhancer for other connected devices, including PCs and terminals running Android.
Reportedly, the LG Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus will be the only Magic Slot modules to be showcased during the LG G5’s launch at MWC 2016. However, assuming that LG has more expansion modules in the works for a future release, could this be considered the Korean tech giant’s first attempt at bringing modular smartphones to consumers? It’s surely a very different approach compared to Google’s Project ARA, but as long as future LG G5 owners will invest in these expansion modules, it might give them an additional reason to stick with LG’s future flagships as well.