Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG have also release a new phone, the G5. It is an entirely different phone compared to its predecessor the G4. Eschewing the plastic and going for an all metal design to give it a more premium look and feel. Unlike the G4, the G5 is not curved and goes back to a traditional flat screen.
Straightening out the phone allows LG’s new feature, its modular design, as rumoured before launch. The chin of the phone can be removed and a new module can be added to extend or introduce new features. For example you could insert a module with a larger battery to increase overall battery capacity or maybe a module with a high quality camera or audio processor for higher quality sound playback. LG have already partnered with B&O Play and offer their direct to analogue audio converter module that adds 32-bit Hi-Def DAC up sampling. This is only the start and in future models of phone the whole processor could in theory be swapped out for a better faster model, thus increase the phones life considerably.
The screen is sightly smaller than the G4’s at 5.3 inches but still offers a Quad HD resolution so it has a slightly better pixels per inch ratio. Like the Samung Galaxy S7 range, the G5 features an always-on display that can show the time and date and unto 4 notification screens. LG say that this feature is why they have stuck to an IPS LCD panel for the their display rather than superior AMOLED screens as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S range of phones. They state that as the screen is always on using an LCD panel eliminates the risk of screen burn-in. This is where images displayed on screen continuously for long period end up burned into the screen permanently. Samsung clearly don’t think this is an issue on their phones which makes me doubt that this is a valid reason to stick with LCD.
There are 2 camera’s on the back of the G5, one is a normal sense whilst the other is a wide angle lens with a 135 degree field of view. The wide angle lens is 8 Mega-pixels and the normal camera is 16. The front camera is a normal lens with 8 mega-pixels.
The battery is smaller than the G4 by a small amount but this shouldn’t make too much of a difference as the screen is a touch smaller thus drawing less power. The always on feature should save battery because this should reduce the number of times users take the phone out of stand by to check the time or their calendar etc etc.
On the processing front its a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of ram. So that’s 8 cores of processing power. I believe this is the same processor as in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as the specs are the same even though Samsung haven’t officially said which model of processor they are using.
Storage is 32GB internally, expandable unto 2TB via microSD once they start making cards that large.
The G5 uses a very heavily skinned version of Android Marshmallow.
LG also offer a Quick Cover case. Its a metallic design with a window in the front cover to display the always on part of the screen. The front part of the cover is a mesh design that can detect touch so that the phone can be answered without having to flip the case open.
Available to pre-order on Amazon for April delivery.
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
Colors: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink