Out of this year's Mobile World Congress flagship announcements, the LG G5 has been one of the most leaked and most intriguing. And now the smartphone has been officially unveiled at the company's press conference in Barcelona. And it's not coming alone, instead, the modular approach to the G5 has allowed LG to introduce a slew of extensions and accessories for the phone. There's a lot to go through, so let's get right to it.
First, the G5 will boast a metal aluminum body with an "invisibly integrated antenna" and a slide-out bottom that lets you "easily" swap the battery. On the front, a 5.3" Quad HDIPS Quantum display with a curved glass surface promises to be brighter than that of the G4 and adds an always-on mode for glanceable notifications.
On the front, there's an 8MP shooter for selfies, but the more interesting camera setup is on the back. There are two cameras: a standard 78-degree 16MP lens and a 135-degree wide-angle 8MP lens, which LG says is 1.7 wider than smartphone cameras and the widest on the market. It's even 15 degrees wider than the human eye's field of view. That should be great for landscape photography, monuments and tall buildings, and large groups of people. Beside providing better results by harnessing both sensors, the dual lens approach allows for a new Pop-out picture mode which creates a picture-in-a-frame effect.
Under the hood, there's a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a MicroSD slot, a reduced 2800mAh battery (compared to the G4's 3000mAh and the G3's 3200mAh), and all the connectivity features you've come to expect of modern smartphones. There's a fingerprint scanner on the back, NFC obviously, and a USB Type-C port for power and data transfer that also uses the newer USB 3.0 for faster speeds. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 is in tow as well.
The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be available in 4 different colors: silver, titan, gold, and pink. LG stayed mum about availability dates and pricing so your guess is as good as ours when it comes to that.
As for the G5's friends, there are plenty tagging along for the ride. Some plug directly into the phone via the removable bottom chin and the Type-C port like the CAM Plus and Hi-Fi Plus, and others connect to it through wires or Bluetooth.
First, the CAM Plus adds more grip and width to the device, for better usability while taking photos. It has physical buttons for power, camera shutter, video recording, zoom, and an LED indicator. It also functions as an external 1200mAh battery.
Second, the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play is a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player that supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. The additional benefit that it brings is the fact that it can be used with the G5 or independently of it, with PCs and other smartphones.
As for the additional accessories, there's the 360 VR, a VR goggle that connects to the G5 via a cable and simulates a 130" TV viewed from 2 meters away thanks to its 639ppi. LG tries to sell the fact that the phone isn't inserted in the goggle itself by focusing on the light weight of the unit. It's compatible with Google Cardboard content as well as the images and videos captured with 360 CAM.
Which brings us to the 360 CAM, a small camera equipped with two 13 MP 200 deg wide-angle lenses, 3 microphones, 4GB of internal memory with MicroSD slot, and a 1200mAh battery. It's capable of taking 2K videos too. The resulting images and videos can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube 360.
Then there's the Rolling Bot, a Sphero-like ball that rolls around and captures 8MP photos. LG says this isn't just a toy, it can also be used as a home monitoring system thanks to its WiFi-connected camera, a pet companion, and a remote controller for other home appliances.
And finally, there are a couple of random accessories like the TONE Platinum Bluetooth earphones, the H3 by B&O Play wired earphones, and the Smart Controller for drones.
As with the G5, there wasn't much detail in terms of date and pricing availability for these accessories and add-ons, but expect them to roll around at least with or after the G5.
This post will be updated soon. Check back as we go through all the information and weed out the interesting bits.
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LG DEBUTS THE G5, ITS FIRST EVER MODULAR SMARTPHONE
LG’s Newest Idea Revealed AtMobile World Congress 2016 Complete With Friends
BARCELONA, Feb. 21, 2016 —LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone, a brand new design with not only a sleek, metal uni-body featuring a Slide-out Battery and a Modular Typedesign that gives a greater smartphone experience. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.
Encased in a sleekmetal aluminum bodyand Slide-out Battery to easily swap out a depletedbatteryfor a fully charged one in seconds, the LG G5 surpasses the visual experience of its predecessor, the LG G4.
First, the G5’s 135-degree wide angle lenslets you choose between standard or wide angle lensto get more in the shot. Second, the Always-on Display makes notifications just a glance away with the time, date and more available anytime without waking the G5. Third, the 3D Arc Glass featured in the smartphone’s 5.3-inch display creates a gentle curveand a smooth colorful metal surface through an advanced microdizing process which takes anodized aluminum to a whole new level.
Furthermore, theinsulative antenna isinvisiblyintegrated into the body without disrupting the seamless look of the metal uni-body.LG designers took the metal body concept one step further by adding a Shiny Cut edge for added contrast and a more comfortable grip.
LG’sFirst Modular Type Smartphone
LG’s innovative Modular Type design gives theLG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in afull metal uni-body design for the first time ever.
LG CAM Plus
The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicatorand comfortable grip. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found on standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting timesfor more fun and enjoyment.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY
The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only been available through high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design as well as premium sound technology. In addition to the32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsamplingtechnology first introduced on the LG V10, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback.LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
Extreme Wide Angle Lens and Advanced UX
Reflecting LG’s longstanding reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degreelens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject.
The LG G5 features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine differentfilm emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically capturesthe perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized.
Always-on Display forEnhanced Convenience
The 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display on the LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, the first on a mainsmartphone display. The concept of the Always-on Display was first introduced in the LG V10 as the Second Screen and nowthat feature has evolved on to the main display to show the time and date continuouslyeven when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full.
To minimize power consumption, LG redesigned the display driverIC memory and power management function so that the display’s backlight only illuminates one small part of the overall display. Thanks to this technology, the Always-on Display requires only 0.8percent of thebattery’s full capacityper hour to operate. With consumers turning on their smartphones up to 150 times a day mostly to just check the time, the G5’s Always-on Display will make a notable difference in the life of the battery over the course of the day.
Another advanced display feature in the LG G5 is Daylight Mode, which gives the G5 exceptional outdoor visibility beyond that of current auto brightness technology. Daylight Mode detects surrounding light conditions and instantaneously increases or decreses the brightness of the display, up to 850 nits. Even before your eyes have adjusted to the different lighting conditions, the G5 will be ready.
Diverse Range of Companion Devices
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 andsupporting programs to fully maximize the LG Playground.
As part of the ecosystem, LG is introducing a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver funwhile providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditionalsmartphone boundaries.
LG 360 VR
The LG 360 VR is a VR goggle that can be connected with the G5 via a dedicated cable and works exclusively with the G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish design that is foldable so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require a smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 118g(4.16 ounces) and is just one-third as heavy as competingVR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.
LG 360 CAM
The LG 360 CAM is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The LG 360 CAM can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360-degree content. The LG 360 CAM provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to help users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded toGoogle Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content.
LG Rolling Bot
The LG Rolling Bot is a companion device that rolls like a ball whilecapturing images and videos with itsembedded 8MP camera. Not just a toy, the LG Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoringsystem for the home, pet care companionas well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.
The LG TONE Platinum
TM (modelHBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG TonePlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. What’s more, it is the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX™ HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivaled in a wireless device.
H3 by B&O PLAY
H3 by B&O PLAY is a set of high-end earphones thatis compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY.Designed for audiophiles as well as anyone who considers audio performance a top-priority in a smartphone, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones.
LG Smart Controller
The LG Smart Controller allows users to easily control certain drones. With the LG Smart Controller, users can check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real time andcontrol the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
LG Friends Manager
Only available in the LG G5, Friends Manager is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearbyLG Friends and connects quickly and easily inthree simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.
More Performance, More Efficiency
The LG G5 offers many other innovations designed to revolutionize today’s mobile lifestyle, such as:
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
The LG G5 is equipped with the powerful yet energy-efficient Snapdragon 820 processor which offers advanced features such as 64-bit performance, Adreno 530 graphics and lower-power Qualcomm®HexagonTM DSP as well as Qualcomm Spectra™ 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) designed to deliver high resolution DSLR-quality images and additional power savings.The Snapdragon 820 processor also has an integrated X12 LTE modem that supports Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps.
Compared to the previous generation Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm Technologies’ most advanced CPU architecture offers double thespeed and power savings. Adreno 530 graphics demonstrate up to 40percent faster graphics performance and up to 40percent more power efficiency compared to the previous generation. The Snapdragon 820processor also supports 4K capture and playback at four times more than the resolution of 1080p, enabling users to watch and capture their daily moments in stunning detail and clarity. The processor is also optimized for VR, generating quality pixels and life-like colors to deliver the ultimate VR experience to G5 users.
aptX™ HD: 24-bit Hi-Fi Wireless Audio
The LG G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth, delivering rich and clear soundover wireless connections without any loss. When paired with the LG TONE Platinum, users can experience superb quality Hi-Fi audio that sounds amazingly close to the original source.
Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0
The LG G5 offers Quick Charge 3.0 for incredibly fast charging. By employing an intelligent algorithm, Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 percent faster and45 percent more efficient than the previous generation.
Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology
The LG G5 has excellent battery life, thanks to the Low Power Location Estimation technology. This solution enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 percent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.
“The new LG G5 will encourage owners to rediscover the true joy of a mobile life,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The G5 and LG Friends are the result of many experts inside LG asking themselves if it was still possible to be innovative and unique in the smartphone space. I think once customers spend a little time with the LG G5, their answer will be a resounding yes.”
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Network: LTE / 3G /2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2