LG and Samsung have been long-term rivals at home in South Korea for years, but more recently the two have been battling it out on the International stage. Ever since the LG G3, the South Korean firm has been taking the fight to Samsung and this year they’re announcing their latest device on the very same day as Samsung. If this isn’t a sign that LG want to compete on the same footing as Samsung, then we don’t know what is. We’ve been hearing a hell of a lot about the G5 over the past few weeks, and now that the device is finally official, we can see that LG has been very busy, indeed.
Where last year’s LG G4 was more of an evolutionary improvement on the G3, the G5 is a revolutionary step forward for the company’s mobile offerings. Starting with the overall look and feel of the device, the G5 might remind people of a cross between the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P from last Fall, and it’s definitely a departure from last year’s LG G4. The South Korean firm is saying that they created the G5 with a modular, fluid-metal design and did so to offer a more durable look and feel without compromising on features or expandability. This comes in the form of LG’s new Magic Slot addition, which allows the bottom part of the device to be pulled away and replaced with either a fresh battery or even a better audio module from Bang & Olufsen or a better camera grip developed by LG themselves. Durability meanwhile comes from the “advanced microdizing process” that LG have used to create the smooth metallic finish of the G5, which will be available in a number of different colors at launch.
The camera has been the source of much speculation over the past few weeks, and we now know that the G5 does indeed have two cameras at its disposal. One of which has a 78-degree angle lens, and the other a much-wider 135-degree angle, which LG says is 1.7 times the usual angle lenses supplied with most smartphones on the market today. The standard camera features a 16-megapixel sensor, while the wider angle camera has an 8-megapixel sensor inside of it. The two cameras come together in software to offer some innovative shooting modes that allow users to be creative with picture-in-picture and make creative videos without ever taking the footage off of the phone. We’ll have more on the camera for people to read about here.
Front and center is the familiar Quad HD display we’ve become familiar with from LG, but this time around they’ve gone with a smaller 5.3-inch display to make the device easier to handle day-to-day. They’ve made a number of new improvements and despite the display size, the device itself feels nice and compact in the hand coming in at just 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm. 3D Arc glass runs around the display, which LG says “creates a gentle curve”. One thing LG is keen to remind people of is that the G5 features an always-on display, something that was inspired by the V10’s second-screen. This uses driver IC memory to only illuminate certain parts of the display when in use, which boils down to just 0.8% of battery drain when the always-on display is enabled. Joining this is Daylight Mode, something LG says will instantly boost the brightness when the phone detects strong sunlight up to a maximum of 850 nits of brightness.
On the inside, LG have stuck with Qualcomm and have become one of the first manufacturers to launch a device with the quad-core Snapdragon 820, which is said to be a massive improvement over last year’s Snapdragon 810. There’s 4GB of RAM joining the new Snapdragon 820, as well as 32GB of expandable storage. Elsewhere, we see a new USB Type-C connector, which brings the hot new connector to LG’s flagship smartphone. Running the show is a 2,800 mAh battery that LG have said should be able to make it through the day, and they’re more than keen to let people know they can just take the battery out and replace it should they need to. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 is here, which can charge the G5 27% faster than Quick Charge 2.0 in the G4.
The LG G5 will be available in Gold, Pink, Silver and Titan later this year. We’ll have more information regarding pricing and availability as soon as we have it.