LG unwrapped the G5 at the 2016 Mobile World Congress, and we meet one of the first modular smartphones on the table. Naturally, it’s loaded with new and better components than the G4, but is it worth it for the owners of the older LG flagship to trade up to the newer and more powerful G5?
To start off, the LG G5 comes surprisingly with 0.2 inches smaller screen than the older G4. They both have the same resolution of 2560×1440, but the LG G4 boosts a 5.5 inch screen, while the 2016 flagship comes with a 5.3 incher. Other than that, the G4 comes protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the new phone is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The LG G5 comes with Qualcomm’s latest and best processor to date, the Snapdragon 820, along with 4GB of RAM, making it a LOT faster and better than the G4’s Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM.
The rear cameras are the same 16 megapixel f/1.8 snappers with OIS, LED flash and laser autofocus, but where we have news is the new 8 megapixel f/2.4 wide angle camera placed alongside with the 16 megapixel camera on the G5, delivering a dual-camera setup.
Design wise, the G5 is easily distinguishable from the G4 unlike other smartphone flagships. The most notable difference is in the corners, where the G5 has more squared corners, while on the G4 the corners are more rounded. Also, the modular part of the G5 is unique and one-of-a-kind.
When we look at the features, this is where the G5 crushes its older sibiling. The LG G5 comes with an always-on display, and according to LG it consumes very little battery. It also has a fingerprint scanner, but the biggest advantage of the G5 comes with the new feature called Friends (accessories).
There are a few accessories that were introduces alongside with the new LG flagship itself:
The LG CAM Plus is a camera module that provides a dedicated shutter button, a zoom dial and a video button. So, it basically makes the LG G5 a normal traditional camera. It also boosts the battery to 4000 mAh, so that you can shoot photos and videos all day long.
The LG Hi-Fi Plus is an amplifier that works as a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player which is made by Bang & Olufsen. It provides another 3.5mm headphone socket and it boosts 32-bit DAC, which is a bit more than to the built-in 24-bit DAC in the LG G5.
These so-called Friends are attached to the phone by pulling out the battery from the bottom of the smartphone and replacing the standard bottom part of the smartphone.
If the question was whether you should upgrade from LG G4 to the new LG G5, then the answer is yes. The LG G5 is one of the “special” smartphones for 2016 and with having so much to offer to the user, it is not surprise that it can be one of the top contenders for the throne for this year.