LG G5 innovates with modular design

by XB on 21st February 2016

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LG G5_1We like to keep abreast with what the competition is doing and to that end LG has just announced the G5. LG’s latest flagship catches the eye with an innovative modular design, allowing users to slide out the bottom part of the phone and swap parts to change the battery or bolster usability for the camera/music.

The camera module is called the LG CAM Plus, proving physical buttons for the power, shutter, record and zoom, whilst also including additional 1200mAh battery capacity. The LG Hi-Fi Plus audio module has been made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen and uses 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology.

Other unique features include a dual camera lens setup on the rear, one with a 135-degree wide angle lens, which LG says is 15 degrees wider than a human’s field of view. The second camera lens has a standard 78-degree lens.

Then there is the always-on display that keeps a third of the IPS display switched on in sleep mode to show the time and other notifications. Whist this may create concerns over battery life, LG says that this feature only uses 0.8% of battery per hour.

Other hardware specs almost take a back seat, it is clear that manufacturers are trying to engage customers through the experience they create rather than worrying about pure specifications. Regardless, the LG G5 does not fall short, sporting an aluminium body, a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi).

Other specs include 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB UFS internal storage, microSD memory card, 8MP front camera and 2,800mAh removable battery. The LG G5 will arrive in four colours (Silver, Titan, Gold and Pink).

The LG G5 is one of the most innovative Android offerings we have seen for a while and it will be interesting to see how Sony will respond when it launches its flagship later in the year.

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  • Dexter Moregan

    It’s new and unique but not Wow for me. If you want to show a modular design, Please make LG G5 like Project Ara and I will buy it.

  • Epic fail.

  • hansip

    the only part of LG that i want more than Sony is the manual camera app department. Anything else.. nah..

  • Arch9

    I thought this blog is for Sony xperia related product

  • Ender Ceylan

    Fuck the haters, this is actually impressive. If Sony doesn’t do anything fresh this year, I’ll be moving from my Z3 to a G5.

  • kiikooo

    Love that they are trying something new but I hate that you’ll restart your phone every time to do any of this.

  • Marinko Agic

    Why you write about LG on Xperia blog page?

  • Marinko Agic

    Inovative?But for what you need camera to go?

  • xAntifreeZe

    Tbh I prefer their V10 over G5. Although innovative, I hardly finds the need to use those modules it real life (i admit it’s cool though) perhaps only for extra battery. But I like their spirit of daring to try and trying their best to diffentiate among the other similar Android phones

  • Genta Aditya

    >removable battery
    that’s neat
    >camera module
    err….. neat? Xperias done it better in this part..
    >Hi-Fi audio module
    why B&O? they don’t have any good experiences in making great audiophile headphones nor DACs unless we’re talking about home speakers which phones/G5 don’t really have any correlation with, they should’ve gone with Harman Kardon since they’re better in this part with AKG in their grasp. Or better yet, go with Astell & Kern, but that might rake up the price like mad if they went with AK..

  • TracerBullitt

    This is everything I’ve always wanted to see from Sony. Innovation, strongly connected innovation (across the company’s various brands), style, and most importantly, great advertising, showing off all the above.

    The wife is over T-Mobile and is looking to get a new phone on a new carrier (Verizon). I’m still lingering because I’m “okay” with T-Mo and my stubborn Sony bias gives me little maneuverability. I’m doing my best to both keep her from switching before this week’s announcements are through and see what options I might have, myself. I’m actually looking the looks of this, so far.

    Two questions: Is this dual camera setup related to what Sony mentioned a while back? Also, does replacing the battery mean you’ll be standing like an idiot at whatever even you’re at while the phone boots back up?

  • Da Fuq

    This looks better than Galaxy S7 IMO.

  • Abhishek Narvekar

    beautifull phone…still i’ll wait for z6..if sony does not bring any new changes to design and new camera sensor which was recently introduced then it will time to upgrade to g5 from my z1 !!!
    i love sony…having neo v, z1,also z3+ in my family !!!!

  • Dexter Moregan

    How is it impressive? I think it’s impressive just 2 second after I saw this article and then I come up with “So?” in my mind. It differ LG from other brands just only how to use but it’s not an innovation. If the camera and sound function are worse than other brands, This modular design is useless!

  • I’d want to ask the same thing :D

  • mUSICA

    hmmm now this is what sony should have done…mayb il get this looks nice

  • roeshak

    great stuff indeed. Here’s certainly one manufacturer that takes its smartphone business seriously. Got to wait for the s7 now to see what that brings to the table, rumours aside.
    Unfortunately for sony mobile, they’ll come to the party in september with similar specs, less innovation and a much less impressive camera again.

  • pytajnik

    you gotta write something that is actually new, because it’s kinda boring to write all the time about the same old crap that doesn’t change at all.

  • pytajnik

    I like it a lot, probably that will be my new phone

  • Utsav Shah

    I wonder people can fuck up the internal while swapping battery or doing something silly. You know how the note was vulnerable with its pen?

  • Matt

    move already ,go , why wait =,=

  • mountain

    I have been using sony’s implementation of modular design for quite sometime, namely z5 premium + pha-3 and qx1. I don’t think LG’s way will provide any better photo or audio quality.

  • Matt

    to be honest the modular part is interesting

    well it is not modular, it has removable battery that slides, even that you have to reboot to change accesories .

    the back camera is interesting with its extreme wide angle. but it looks bad.

    well that is lg for you

  • kaostheory

    Exactly everything they have can be achieved with bt instead. At least you’ll be able to use your accessories with your next phone. Not so with LG. Tbs Sony needs their own dedicated dac on Z6.

  • kaostheory

    What are you planning on doing with the $1000 worth of accessories when you upgrade your G5?

  • MiDan

    do you think Sony should take a phone with Windows 10 Mobile? i believe and hope that if

  • inspire

    Certainly very impressive and a new, nice concept but nobody wants to carry (and buy) all these extra parts to keep switching. For instance, why not include the camera key in the main unit (the was Sony does)? why not include B&O audio in the main unit itself (the way HTC does with boom)? Why not put a 3000+ battery instead of an add on? These ad-ons are the necessary features that should be on the unit by default!

    The modular concept is really cool but the ad-ons could be something nice and more innovative. Something like a 1-inch sensor camera module? Or a pico projector ad-on? Or an infrared temperature gun? So, something more innovative ad-on which you don’t need always and which can’t be included in the phone due to limited space but still which is nice to have once in a while.

  • Mario

    Its interesting, but its not gonna do a lot. Poor excecution. After seeing the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 I think Sony has the upper hand in having a well-rounded device in the Z5 series. No need to hurry for the Z6 line.

  • P9

    reading this from XZ and…
    what an ugly flagship phone ==”

  • charbel aoun

    Xperiablog -> androidblog

  • charbel aoun

    Looks impressive but i hate the UX. It Looks so ugly. Hardware side is excellent

  • have you heard of project ara this year?

  • Nikola Maruni?

    This concept on the paper is remarkable. But in real world it will be impractical at best. Tbh it’s more of a gimmick than a feature. Imagine having to lugg all of there around. That camera add-on is probably the same size as a decnt dslr. So why not just carry a dslr. And what if you want to listen to some music on a better speaker. Why disassemble your phone when you cam simply pair a Bluetooth speaker. So yeah it looks cool bit I think it will prove to be more of a nuisance than a useful feature.

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Good for you sir, Goodbye :)

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Agree. The concept is great but it design is … !@#$%^&*()_+

  • xperiax10.awesome

    This is brilliance, innovation. Some blind Sony fans will simply say its UGLY but design is not everything !!
    It will be my next device for sure..

  • xperiax10.awesome

    Yeah, already ditched Xperia Z5 Premium because of poor camera.

  • Alex Norris

    Dual camera looks very interesting for photography experience.

  • Alex Norris

    Yes, the camera on Xperia disappoints many people. Of the 20 shots, only 3-4 will be more or less quality… Z5 camera is clearly not for those who want a high quality camera for mobile photography. SONY, it is only the design and nothing more ..

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  • Madis

    when you pay* more

  • Geese Howard

    LG is much better than Samskunk and they are both from Korea! If I wasn’t a Sony dude (phone) I would go for LG.

  • Rodriguez Gonzalez

    I guess this modular design is so unique in this phone which is missing in LG G4 of course but I’m still confused what to buy G4 or G5 ? :http://www.techoxygen.com/lg-g5-vs-g4-whats-new-in-lgs-latest-flagship-phone/

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