LG G5 Officially Unveiled at MWC 2016
With Mobile World Congress being one of the hottest mobile industry events of the year, mobile fans and critics were bracing themselves for another year of huge announcements. With LG promising to unveil its LG G5 flagship smartphone, there was no way that the event was going to disappoint. Plus, LG was getting everyone even more hyped with the reveal with the official teasers it posted across its social media pages.
In an event that took place on Sunday, LG finally stopped teasing us and gave us a proper look at the handset. The 5.3-inch smartphone will be running on 4GB of RAM, paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (the same processor powering the North American version of the Samsung Galaxy S7). It also has 32GB of internal memory (which is expandable thanks to its microSD card slot), a removable 2,800 mAh battery and it runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
The LG G5 screen, meanwhile, is a 2560 x 1440 QHD display. While such visual power would be a selling point on its own, the display is also ‘always on’. What this always on display means is that when the user puts the phone to sleep, the screen isn’t actually out of use. Instead, about a third of the screen will remain in power, showing the user notifications and a digital clock as well. LG G5 users shouldn’t have to worry too much about battery drain or burn-in either as the always on feature only uses about 0.3 to 0.8% of battery per hour, and as an IPS display, it avoids the burn-in pitfalls typically found with AMOLED screens.
As for the device’s camera specs, on its rear it has a 16 megapixel snapper, while the front is an 8 megapixel affair. The rear camera, says LG, is a wide angle lens that can capture 135 degrees. With this camera users can “capture a sprawling skyline, a packed stadium concert, or the entire beach, all that your eyes can see plus more.” Moreover, LG G5 users can also zoom out “ultra wide” (0.5X) or zoom in super close (8.0X) “by simply pinching the screen.”
The main selling point of the LG G5, however, is its modular design. Leaked several days ago, the design choice still managed to be a huge hit with those in attendance at LG’s MWC press conference. The company showed off two modules that will be available: the CAM Plus which offers auto focus and has buttons for shutter, recording and zoom and it also aims to “deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a DSLR”, and the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play which is a portable audio player that support HD audio playback and can also be used as a standalone device that connects to smartphones and PCs.
LG did not reveal a price or a release date for the LG G5, but we’ll keep you posted.
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