LG G5 hands-on: Taking one small step toward the modular fantasy
The G5 is finally here and it's one of the boldest and most unique flagships LG has designed in a long time.
For one thing, LG went with an elegant aluminum design, but instead of ditching the removal battery, which a lot of phone companies have done with their top tier phones, The G5 battery pulls out at the bottom of the phone.
Second, LG released, and this is just an estimate, about a bagillion other products in conjunction with the G5 launch.
Some are standard like a new bluetooth headset while others tread into new territory for LG like a house monitoring robot and a refreshed VR headset.
But one interesting thing is the Camplus, which is a camera grip that connects modularly when you detach the handset's bottom chin.
It has physical shutter buttons to record and capture video and a zooming dial.
While the accessory itself is pretty basic, it does mean that LG is dipping it's toes into swappable phone parts, which has long been considered the next big step in the mobile industry.
Lastly, the LG G5 has two rear cameras.
You have a standard 6 megapixel shooter, and a 8 megapixel camera with a wide angle, 135 degree lens.
This means you could fit more into the frame, and you could switch seamlessly between these two cameras when you zoom in and out Of course, the G5 wouldn't be a flagship without all the other stuff that keeps it competitive.
The 5.3 inch handset has a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and expandable storage.
It also runs Google Android 6.0 and its screen has an always-on mode, which displays basic info even when your device is sleeping.
While no exact pricing or availability information has been released yet, the company is looking at a retail launch some time in April.