The Once-Over: LG G5, the first modular smartphone

LG has unveiled its latest addition to their flagship phones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona: the LG G5. It has been receiving truckloads of attention, with critics even going so far as saying it is Samsung Galaxy S7's rival because the LG G5's specs are not just upgrades but are actually “radical” changes that may do this Korean mobile phone star a lot of good.

Display and Body

In the world of unwieldy phablets, the LG G5 stands out for its size. With its screen at 5.3 inches, it's smaller and lighter than the Huawei Nexus 6P with whom it incidentally shares an uncanny resemblance. The handset fits right in the hand, hence making it more convenient to hold.

Speaking of display, the LG G5's screen is an IPS Quad HD LCD, with resolution at 1440 x 2560 pixels. It's Always On, which actually shows important information and up to 4 notifications. The LG G5 still has the KnockOn functionality. All it takes to wake up the handset is 2 taps. Beat that Sleeping Beauty!

They say beauty is only skin deep, but the LG G5's body has everyone oooh-ing and aaah-ing at the seamless aluminum body that bears no trace of antenna lines. Owe it to a process called “micro-dazing.” On the flipside of the handset is the clickable fingerprint reader cum power button which is just below its camera. Hold on. Make that 2 cameras. Yes, you read that right.




As mentioned above, another LG G5 breakthrough is the dual rear camera feature, and the best part is one of the two cameras can take wide angle shots—135 degrees to be exact—at 8MP. The main rear camera is at 16MP that can capture up to 78 degrees. Of course LG cannot skip on the front-facing camera which can take pictures at 8MP.




Responsiveness, smooth, fluid graphics, and DSLR-like image capture—all these amazing features care of Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset are what make the LG G5 a force to reckon with. Aside from these up-sides, the Snapdragon 820 also makes the LG G5 is more power efficient, especially since it has an Always On display.

Unique Features

What exactly makes the LG G5 the fairest of them all? It is now known as the world's first commercially-available modular phone that has a slide-out bottom, also known (but not officially) as the “Magic Slot.” The LG G5 also has its “Friends” to make the mobile experience even more exciting. CamPlus allows the user to have physical camera controls and an extra 1100mAh power juice, while the Hi-Fi Plus is the audio module designed by THE Bang & Olufsen, made for high quality sounds. 


The LG G5 will be released in April 2016, but the million-dollar question is: How much will the LG G5 and its Friends be? According to newly released intel, the modular handset will be sold at a price tag of around 450 British pounds or 2300 AED. Not bad for an amazing model, don't you agree?

The LG G5 could be a game changer not only for the brand itself but for the entire mobile phone industry. Experience the first modular mobile phone from LG. Check back with 
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