LG debuts its first ever modular smartphone, LG G5 with metal design and slide-out battery

After months of leaks and rumours, LG has officially took the wraps its highly anticipated next generation "G" series phone at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. LG G5, is the successor to LG G4 and carries a brand new modular design with sleek metal body featuring slide-out battery drawer, the modular part of the phone. Read more about the same here.
LG G5 is not only LG's first all-metal phone, it may also be one of the world's first modular phone. The modular term used in this post refers to the ability of G5 to support additional modules for expanding its capabilities.

This modular design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, hi-fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery. LG calls this, LG Friends. The first two modules that LG is introducing with the G5 are the LG CAM Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. You can read more about them here.

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These companion devices include LG 360 VR, LG 360 CAM, LG Rolling Bot, LG Tone Platinum, H3 by B&O PLAY, LG Smart Controller and LG Friends Manager. You can read about them here.Talking about design, the LG G5 features all metal uni-body design with volume rockers to the side of the phone, and power button / fingerprint scanner on the back, similar to LG G4. The device comes in 4 different color options: silver, titan, gold and pink. LG says it will announce the pricing information during last week of March, with a release sometime in early April.
With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem — the LG Playground. With this, LG aims to strengthen the ties with its partners and introduce various devices and supporting programs to fully maximize the LG Playground.

LG is introducing a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.

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LG Friends
Coming back, the LG G5 comes with a reduced 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with 554 ppi pixel density, a 3D Arc curved glass and an Always-on feature. LG redesigned the display driver IC memory and power management function so that the display’s backlight only illuminates one small part of the overall display, requiring only 0.8% of the phone's battery per hour while remaining on.

LG G5 is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 graphics, Qualcomm HexagonTM DSP and Qualcomm Spectra 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs). The smartphone packs in 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG's own customized UI on top. There's no app drawer.

On the imaging front, LG G5 comes with two cameras on the back, a standard 78° 16MP and a 135° wide-angle 8MP sensors, which LG says is 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15° wider than the human eye’s field of view. On the front, there's an 8MP camera for clicking selfies. The LG G5 features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot.

Other specifications include 32GB UFS internal storage with microSD card support upto 2TB and slide-out removable 2,800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The device measures 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm and weighs 159 grams. On the connectivity front we have LTE / 3G HSPA+ / 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2.

Do note, specifications may vary depending on the market.

LG G5 & Friends