The LG G5 is without a doubt one of the most intriguing smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress last month, and this goes double considering the departure from LG's previous models. Unlike the LG G4 and the handsets preceding it, the LG G5 is a metal-clad flagship and it's also the company's first "modular" smartphone, thanks to the inclusion of an expansion slot. While the smartphone's release date remained a mystery after its MWC debut, it now looks like prospective customers in the UK can pre-order the handset through Amazon, and expect an early April launch.
Judging by the latest events, UK might be one of the first regions where the LG G5 could land. The handset is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK for the price of £529.00 (unlocked with no carrier agreement), and customers can choose between two colors, namely Titan Grey and Rose Gold. According to Amazon, the smartphone is due to be released on April 8, roughly one month after the Samsung Galaxy S7 - and perhaps the LG G5's greatest rival - is set to hit the shelves in the same region. It's worth noting that although the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a one-month head start in the UK, the aforementioned device is also slightly pricier, and can cost anywhere between £30-£80 more at Amazon UK.
Pricing and availability aside, the LG G5 has a lot to offer in terms of specifications and features. In the UK the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which conceals a dual-core Kryo processor clocked at 2.15 GHz, and an additional dual-core Kryo CPU running at frequencies of up to 1.6 GHz. The chipset works along with 4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 graphics chip, and storage-wise users can rely on 32 GB of on-board memory, and up to 200 GB of external storage through a microSD card slot. The LG G5 also incorporates a dual-camera setup on the back panel consisting of a 16-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 8 MP unit which can be enabled for a wider field of view. Laser autofocus and 3-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) are present as well, and so is an 8 MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording capabilities. But what separates the LG G5 from most other smartphones is the expansion slot, which can connect to a number of modules (two at launch) including a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) developed by Bang & Olufsen, and the LG CAM Plus camera module which includes an additional battery, and a dedicated shutter button along with other physical camera controls.