G5 Hands-on: Modularity makes it the most exciting smartphone out there

Фев 24, 2016, 07:41

When it comes to smartphones, there are dime a dozen models to choose from - but LG intends to win your heart and your mind with their latest flagship device, the LG G5.

Here it is, the latest LG flagship, the LG G5.

For starters, the LG G5 smartphone will boast of a brand new design with not only a sleek, metal unibody, it also comes with a slide-out battery as well as a modular type form factor, allowing one to enjoy a greater smartphone experience. The phone will take on the likes of the Galaxy S7 and the HTC One (M10), both of which are scheduled to be launched later in the day.

Give the weakness of the Canadian Dollar, it's possible the G5 will debut closer to $800 CAD than the $700 the G4 sold for outright when it debuted this time previous year.

It arrives to replace the LG G4, a phone which added a few new features over its predecessor - most notably a leather back - but failed to redefine LG's top tier handset range.

The G5 has a full metal uni-body which is made out of anodised aluminium.

Dreams of having a modular phone on the market have been alive for quite some time now. It also has a micro-SD card slot.

The LG 360 VR is a slim mobile VR headset. The 2.9 x 2.4 x 0.6-inch Cam Plus features a scroll wheel for zooming in and out, plus dedicated shutter and video buttons.

The LG Hi-Fi Plus features a Bang and Olufsen digital-to-analog converter that boosts audio processing to 24-bit quality. Need to listen to up-sampled, 32-bit audio?

The G5's modular design isn't just about getting a fresh battery into your smartphone. The volume buttons now are more traditionally placed on the side railing of the phone. That doesn't really come as a surprise though, consider the LG G5 is powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 SoC, with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage with up to 2TB of microSD storage. LG is using a 2,560 X 1,440 pixel 5.3-inch Quantum IPS screen. According to LG, the always on technology eats up less than 1% of the phone's battery power in an hour. The display has a unique daylight mode which automatically adjusts the level of brightness needed for good visibility. The wider and narrower view can be seen together in a real-time live preview within the camera app. The camera app expectedly comes with many more exciting features.

The LG G4 has a smart layout of camera, flash and a trio of buttons, while the G5 has a slightly ugly camera bulge which houses two cameras as well as a flash and laser autofocus.

Dual-Camera Setup: Next up on the list is the dual camera setup, with a 16MP primary sensor (85 degree lens) and an 8MP wide-angle sensor. Of course, without that modular angle, the G5 is yet another handsome, well-made flagship Android phone with a good camera. There's also now a USB-C connector and dual rear cameras.

InterfaceThe G5's homescreen looks unchanged with those square-shaped icons and bubbly icons, but LG made a decision to eradicate the app drawer in favor of an iOS-esque approach.

Expectations It is evident that the LG G5 isn't merely an upgrade over the LG G4, but a fresh start for the entire G series.

Credit: Philip MichaelsWe don't have a price or release date for the G5 just yet. In a quick usage session, I can see the main camera being far more useful for most of the time, but the 135 degree lens would be very handy for landscape shots. Two other promised friends - a camera-equipped rolling ball that doubles as a home-monitoring device and a mortal enemy to your pets and a drone controller that promises to simplify piloting an aircraft - weren't available for hands-on demos. It will be available in four colours - silver, titan, gold and pink.