LG G5 – the transforming modular smartphone

LG has announced its new Android flagship, the LG G5, which features a modular design and a number of new accessories.

Unveiled on 21 February, ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the LG G5 is encased in a metal body, and will receive a number of hardware upgrades compared to its leather-backed predecessor.

As rumoured, the LG G5 has an always-on display, with the company promising that it has not sacrificed battery life for the new feature.

Despite its metal body design, the LG G5 still has a removable battery, and support for microSD cards.

However, instead of a removable back panel, the battery now slides out, and has become an integral element in the modular design of the device.

The key specifications of the LG G5 are summarised in the table below.

Key specifications

Specifications LG G5
Dimensions 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7~8.6mm
Weight 159g
Operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 5.3″ IPS QHD (1440×2560)
Rear camera 16MP (8MP wide)
Front camera 8MP
Storage, internal 32GB
Storage, expandable microSD
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Battery 2,800mAh (removable)
Cellular data LTE, HSPA+

Modules and accessories: LG G5 & Friends

At the launch announcement, LG focused on the “friends” for its new G5.

These new modules and accessories, the company said, will let the device transform into a one-hand operable digital camera or drone controller, as well as a Hi-Fi, 360-degree camera, or virtual reality system.

Some of the new modules and accessories are shown below.

LG G5 and Friends infographic
LG G5 and Friends infographic


Featuring a dedicated shutter button, as well as a button to record video and a zoom rocker, LG said that the CAM Plus module for the G5 turns it into a one-hand operable digital camera.

It also has a 1,200mAh battery built-in that extends the battery life of the LG G5.


LG Hi-Fi Plus with Bang & Olufsen PLAY

Like the CAM module, Hi-Fi Plus is installed by sliding out the battery, clipping it onto the module, and sliding it back in.

LG HiFi Plus

LG 360 CAM

The LG 360 CAM lets you take 360-degree photos that are compatible with Google Street View.

Google has announced that these photos may be uploaded in their original resolution without consuming your Drive storage space.

LG 360 CAM

LG 360VR

In a snipe on headsets such as Samsung’s Gear VR, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR, LG said that its virtual reality (VR) headgear won’t cause you to sweat or mess up your wear.

At 118 grams, the foldable LG 360VR headset promises to be portable and comfortable.

LG 360VR

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