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LG G5 announced at MWC ‘16: All-metal modular jacket with a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen

LG has announced the G5, its latest flagship Android phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

Boasting a slick unibody metal design with a slide-out removable battery, the LG G5 packs a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen and a 16-megapixel camera, capable of shooting wide angle pictures. 

As well as a minor design miracle in itself, the slide-out aspect of the G5’s battery will also see it playing nicely with a range of modular devices, including an action cam, a VR headset and a Bang & Olufsen-made exterior speaker. We’ll touch on more of these devices separately; for now, let’s focus on the LG G5 itself. 

The 5.3-inch screen features IPS technology, promising great viewing angles. As we said, it boasts a Quad HD resolution (2560×1440). This means it’ll come with a PPI (pixels per inch) count of 554.1, which, if LG’s previous Quad HD displays are anything to go by, will mean content will look incredible on the G5. 

Like the G4, LG’s packed the G5’s screen with its own Quantum Display tech, which basically shorthand for improved brightness and contrast ratio, colour fidelity and viewing angles. 

The camera takes 16-megapixel stills in its regular shooting mode and 8-megapixel shots when you’re using LG’s new wide angle mode. This, LG says, boasts a 135-degree field of view, allowing the sensor to take in more information from the peripheries. It’s currently unclear what its video-shooting credentials are, though we’re expecting that you’ll be able to record 4K and slow motion video, as you can on the G4.

Other specs confirmed at LG’s press conference in Barcelona include battery size; that removable battery is a 2,800 mAh cell, which is a little smaller than the 3,000 mAh battery of its predecessor. 

While LG’s yet to mention things like talk time, LG’s confident that its always-on display feature – something borrowed from the LG V10, will help users save a bit of juice. Apparently we all check our phones 150 times a day on average, turning on the screen quickly to check for things like notifications and the time. By constantly having this information available to you, LG’s theory is you’ll save power instead of flashing the screen on and off.  

Other confirmed features are quick charging – another thing ticked off of our LG G5 wishlist – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, support for Dolby Digital Plus and a GPS-assisting low power location estimation setting. We’ll update with a full spec list as and when we get one. 

Silver, gold, pink and ‘titan’ (dark grey to you and me). Let’s hope that any advertising campaigns dial down on the borderline racism, eh? 

LG G5 specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
  • Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554.1 PPI)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Main Camera: Standard 16-megapixels, wide 8-megapixels /
  • Front Camera: 8-megapixels
  • Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 159g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2

 

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