LG G5: the introduction to modular phones
The newest flagship of the second Korean giant, LG, is finally here, and boy, where should we begin with? As the headline suggests, it is the first modular smartphone in the world, meaning that you can add things that are not part of the phone itself. And this is definitely something entirely new for the market. Yes, the phone doesn’t look like anything from LG before. If you are a LG G4 owner for example, you will find it really hard to even guess that the G5 is the successor to the G4. But, all in all, the designers from LG decided that they will build a new phone from scratch, and they did a really excellent job.
As we mentioned, it is the first modular cellphone that you can buy and use like a normal handset. And by no means you can notice that on the first look. From the outside, you can see the gorgeous metal body, which is an entirely new thing for LG, because none of their last flagships was made from metal. The build quality is top notch, and we can honestly say that it pairs with the Samsung S7 and the Iphone 6s equally.
It measures 149.4×73.9×7.7mm, which is somewhat equal to the predecessor, the LG G4.
The new thing here is that LG decided to get rid of the familiar G-series design, and that means that the buttons are no longer at the back. They are now located on the sides, which is no different from the competition. But, what we really like is the front 3D Arc Glass, which is one of the most beautiful front sides of a phone we’ve seen in the last years.
The whole body is made of metal, and the edges are chamfered. The phone is very pleasing to hold in hand however, and the size is just right.
And there is the Magic Slot. It is located on the bottom of the phone, and you can very easily remove it just by the touch of a button. But don’t be fooled, it is very well secured for normal use, and the chances that you will pop it out by accident are very minimal. Overall, the phone is very well built, excellent to hold in hand, and it looks gorgeous, at least in our eyes.
We will start off with the display here. It is a Quantum IPS LCD unit, which measures 5.3 inches and it has Quad HD resolution (1440×2560 pixels). That means that you get whopping pixel density of ~554 ppi. The screen itself is one of the best we’ve seen. It is bright enough for outdoor use, dark enough for night use, and it has a one-of-a-king feature called the Always On display, where you can see only limited pixels on the screen, which is good for checking the clock or the notifications while your phone is on stand-by.
The LG G5 is powered by the latest edition of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820, and Qualcomm says that this chip is twice as powerful as the Snapdragon 810. The processor itself is an quad-core Kyro processor (2×2.15 GHz and 2×1.6 GHz), paired with the Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. And it is indeed twice as fast as the Snapdragon 810 found in many last year’s flagships.
And we got to the camera, or should we say, cameras? The LG G5 is packed with dual shooter pack on the back. Yes, you get all the goodies from the excellent LG G4 camera, like the laser autofocus, the advanced OIS and the Color Spectrum sensor. And yet, you get another 8 megapixel shooter in the back, next to the main 16 megapixel f/1.8 camera. With the both cameras, you can shoot very wide angles of 135 degrees. The camera makes the LG G5 stand out from the crowd, and it does that in some style. It is easily on of the best cameras on the market today.
The front camera is an 8 megapixel snapper, and it does the job quite well. The video camera is also good, allowing you to take 4k videos which are packed with very good details.
The battery life is average at best, even though the LG G5 is powered by 2.800 mAh battery. But the good thing here is that with the addition of the Magic Slot, you can very easily swap your battery, so you can double the battery life. Still, considering the very powerful processor, and the Quad HD screen, the battery is in the range of the competition, and the LG G5 manged to beat the Samsung’s likes in terms of battery life.
We can honestly say that the LG G5 is the most unusual phone for 2016. Yes, it has the most advanced hardware, it has one of the best cameras out there, it has the metal unibody to compete with the competition (mostly from Apple and Samsung, even though HTC’s 10 is a top contender this year too). But, it has something more to offer. While the others were trying to put new things in their phones discretly, LG’s designers went on the all or nothing card. And in our eyes, they did a very good job. The LG G5 is a phone you can’t miss out if you are on the market for new flagship phone. It really shines.