When LG released last year’s G4, they did so after Samsung had announced and launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung had managed to take Mobile World Congress by storm last February, knocking competitors like HTC out of the water in terms of press and recognition. While LG were smart to have an event all to themselves, it didn’t quite get the same amount of attention, and an unfortunate massive leak before the announcement probably didn’t help matters. This year however, it appears that LG is to move the release of the G5, the successor to last year’s flagship, up to Mobile World Congress and take on Samsung.
As the Korea Times is reporting, LG Electronic’s head of mobile, Cho Juno, said that “this year will be different. LG Electronics is ready to take on Samsung” during a news conference in South Korea. The two South Korean giants have enjoyed a bitter rivalry for decades now, operating in many of the same spaces such as washing machines, refrigerators, technology and more. Samsung definitely has the upper hand where smartphones are concerned, but LG has had a good past three years, and after partnering with Google for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and now the Nexus 5X their brand presence has increased, too. The report goes on to say that LG will launch the G5 a day before Mobile World Congress, which suggests that LG is looking to launch their new device at the same time as Samsung.
So far, we’ve heard leaks of the G5 being a 5.6-inch device with a Quad HD display powered by a Snapdragon 820. Taking things further, a rumored 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage alongside a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera. Speaking of which, the camera experience on the G4 was one of the best to launch last year, so people will be expecting big things from LG this year. Other rumors have surfaced indicating that a modular design could be present to allow for a removable battery and expandable storage while offering a more premium build. Regardless, it looks as if we won’t have too much longer to wait as LG have already confirmed their plans for Mobile World Congress.