Rejecting plastic in favor of more-expensive materials is the current trend among flagship phones, so it’s hardly surprising to see LG wrap the G5 in an aluminum shell. Gaining access to the flagship club requires more than using higher-cost materials, however. To improve the G5’s chances LG adds the latest Snapdragon SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a second, wide-angle camera.
The G5’s most unique and innovative feature is its modular system that allows you to quickly swap batteries or even add accessories. At the press of a button, the lower section of the phone below the screen pulls away and extracts the battery. It’s great to see the G5 retain this feature despite the move to a metal unibody construction. Is the reimagined G5 a true flagship contender?