LG just announced their newest flagship in the LG G5. The device has been leaked and rumored for months and months. Now it's finally real and official. LG announced it in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress – making it unprecedented as no other LG G series smartphone was announced at the show in previous years. We already know that it's coming to the US and hitting all four of the major carriers, which if you haven't already checked out the US availability, we urge you to do so. Let's talk about the rest of the world.
LG didn't say much in terms of where the LG G5 was going to launch and when. LG did say that they would be launching in "key markets" simultaneously. So it appears that LG won't be launching in South Korea, which is what they usually do with their flagships in recent years. As far as pricing goes, it'll likely be around $600 USD or the equivalent in other countries when it is released. LG hasn't yet announced the pricing for the LG G5. Also pretty much the norm when it comes to product launches – only Google announces prices at announcements for the Nexus devices.
The LG G5 is the fifth-generation LG G series smartphone which actually started out as the Optimus G then dropped the "Optimus" prior to the G2. It's also the first LG flagship to not have back buttons (the volume rocker and power button) since the original Optimus G back in late 2012. LG decided to go with a full aluminum body here on the LG G5 as well as adding the "magic slot" which we had heard so much about prior to launch. The "magic slot" is almost like having a modular smartphone here. Allowing you to add all sorts of accessories to the LG G5. It's a pretty nifty idea and still allows you to go ahead and add all sorts of accessories including an extended battery. LG also included a smaller display this time around, going down to a 5.3-inch display and the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor – the second device to be announced with the processor, but likely the first to actually be widely available.