After weeks of speculation and rumours, LG announced the G5 at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The G5 is the world’s first modular phone.
The G5 has a metal unibody featuring a slide-out battery and a modular-type design that allows the user to change the battery and add companion devices, which gives the G5 a superior camera, high-end audio player and more. Currently, there are two companion devices going to be available for the G5; the Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus with Bang & Olufsen Play.
The G5 comes with the Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, Adreno 520 graphics and supports download speeds of up to 600 Mbps. The screen is a 5.3-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2,560×1,440/554 PPI), which supports the always-on feature. The rear camera is a dual set-up, taking snaps up to 16MP with a wide-angle shot of 135 degrees (the highest in any smartphone) and the front camera is 8MP. Storage stands at 32GB and is expandable via microSD to 2TB. The G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth. The phone comes with a removable 2,800mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 and Low Power Location Estimation technology with a Type-C USB port. A fingerprint reader stands alone on the back of the device while the volume buttons have moved to the side. The device runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 and has a neat and trimmed out LG UX.
The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator, auto focus and exposure lock, and a comfortable grip. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting times.
Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play
LG has collaborated with Bang & Olufsen to create the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play. This is a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player that can be attached to the phone. Apart from 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upscaling technology (first introduced on the V10), the module also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. The neat thing about the Hi-Fi Plus is that it can also be used by other smartphones or PCs.
To create an ecosystem of devices all to be used with the G5, the company also announced the LG Friends series.
The 360 VR is a headset that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two metres away. It has a foldable design and weighs 118g. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.
The 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide-angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory as well as a microSD slot. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to create 360-degree content. Images and video taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360.
The Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. It can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with their G5 via live streaming.
LG Tone Platinum
The TONE Platinum (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon Platinum grade for its superior audio quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, Platinum delivers sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it’s the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with the aptX HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.
H3 by B&O PLAY
H3 by B&O PLAY is a set of high-end earphones that is compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Designed for audiophiles as well as anyone who considers audio performance a top-priority in a smartphone, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones.
LG Friends Manager
Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the phone to connect with LG Friends. Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily.