Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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LG G5 to hit the road in April 2016

The LG G5 has been show cased at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, and sees LG making quite a large shift from the G3 and G4 handsets that were launched previously.
There's a new design, a shift in focus and various innovative features that LG hopes will help the G5 make its presence noted big time.LG launched this phone arguing that it wasn't about the numbers, but it is about doing, it is about experiences, and it is about playing.




LG G5 design
The LG G5 shifts the design away from LG's trusted plastics of past generations and now focuses on metal, launching its first metal unibody handset.
Much of the sculpting of previous handsets has also been ditched: there's no nature-inspired curve here. Instead there's a phone that measures 7.7mm thick depending on where you look. The volume controls move to the side, leaving a power button with embedded fingerprint scanner on the back.
But that's not to say this handset lacks character: there are soft curves to make it comfortable to hold, and a luscious curve at the top of the display that looks great.
The shape is likely to be the least talked about aspect of the LG G5 design though. Instead, the modular nature of the phone will be the hot topic. Depressing a small button on the side at the bottom releases the bottom section of the phone and lets you remove the battery. It's still all metal, but innovatively done.
It's that removable section that can be switched to add different modules, called Friends, to change the skills of the LG G5.
LG G5 display
The LG G5 features a 5.3-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, 554ppi. It's not the largest display around on a handset this size, but it's still offering a cracking resolution.
It's a IPS LCD panel, which LG says is important for the Always-on feature that the G5 offers. This will give you information on the display without you having to wake it up. If this was an AMOLED display, showing that information all the time would lead to burn out.
LG has redesigned this display however, so it offers a partial on/off state which it uses for the Always-on function. It's able to do so without using the G5's application processor, so it keeps power consumption to a minimum. LG says that the display will only use 0.8 per cent battery per hour in Always-on mode.
LG G5 cameras
The LG G5 shakes up the camera dramatically, pairing a 16-megapixel sensor with a second 8-megapixel sensor. It retains the normal laser auto focusing, but looks to offer a range of new functions with this new pairing of cameras.
Firstly, the 16-megapixel camera will operate as a standard camera, taking your high resolution shots exactly as you'd expect. The second camera, however, has a 135-degree lens, so will take wide angle photos.

The idea is to let you easily fit more into a shot, without having to use a stitched panorama. It's ideal for things like city scenes or anywhere you want to get more into the picture.
It's not designed to compete with pro-spec wide angle shots, it's simply designed to be practical and fun. Switching from one camera to the other is easy within the new app.
There are also a range of additional functions offered that use both cameras. You can record video and stills at the same time, you can have a number of different framing effects and plenty more.
LG G5 hardware and specs
The LG G5 features the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 octo-core chipset with 4GB of RAM. There's 32GB on internal storage, along with a microSD card slot for expansion.
The LG G5 battery has a capacity of 2800mAh which isn't huge, but uniquely for a metal handset, you'll be able to switch that out yourself by removing the bottom of the phone and sticking in a new battery.
There's no wireless charging on offer, but you do get Quick Charge 3.0 and USBType-C.

The big play with the G5 is in the domain of accessories. Using that removable bottom section, you'll be able to change the skill set of your phone by swapping modules.
There's the LG Cam Pro which is designed to enhance the camera experience. You simply remove the bottom of the phone and put the Cam Pro module in its place and you have a range of additional features. Firstly it expands the battery to 4000mAh for all-day shooting, but it also adds buttons and a better grip, for a more natural camera experience.
The LG Hi-Fi Pro is a module developed in partnership with B&O Play, offering a 32-bit DAC and amp, designed to give you an audiophile experience from your handset. Again, you simply swap the bottom module of the phone for the Hi-Fi Pro module and you'll be ready for better quality audio.
There are also external accessories. The LG 360 Cam is a 360 camera, using dual 13-megapixel cameras back to back. This wirelessly connects to the G5 so you can preview, save and share your 360-degree world. It captures both video and stills, perfect for making your own VR content and it is fully compatible with YouTube 360 video and Google Street View.
Talking of VR, there's also the LG 360 VR headset. This VR headset takes the form of glasses that you wear, connected to your phone via USB. It contains a display for each eye, offering 960 x 720 pixels each. For audio you can connect a set of headphones to the VR headset. It works with Google Cardboard and YouTube 360 video content, as well as LG offering its own hub within theheadset.
LG G5 software
The LG G5 launches on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but heavily doctored as LG normally does.
The biggest change is the ditching of the apps tray, so now all your app shortcuts will appear on home pages. You still get to make folders and move things around, but there will no longer be a shortcut to tap to take you through to your selection of apps.
There will be added software support for the LG Friends, with a Manager app to take care of those connected devices.
LG G5 release date and price
The LG G5 was unveiled on 21 February 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The company hasn't confirmed the exact launch date for the new handset, but has said that it will be appearing in retail in "key markets" in early-April. We'd guess that key markets will include Korea, USA and parts of Europe, but we're still awaiting confirmation.

LG has yet to announce the price of LG G5 or any of the accessories.

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