“LG’s latest, the G5 boasts quite a few upgrades over its predecessor. Here’s a look”At MWC, we witnessed OEMs going all out by flaunting the very best of their arsenal. One such company is the Korean smartphone giant LG, that unveiled its newest flagship – the LG G5 (first impressions). Every flagship from the brand is known to bring something new to the table, hence, justifying it as an upgrade to its predecessor.
Does the latest from LG follow the same trend when compared to its elder sibling, the LG G4? Let’s find out.
Looking back at the LG G4’s launch, it impressed us by being one of the very first devices to draw on that bumped-up QHD resolution panel which now has become a standard among the flagships of today. The LG G5 boasts the same QHD IPS LCD display as the LG G4, but with a slightly higher pixel density of 554 pixels per inch making the already gorgeous panel even sharper and vibrant than before.
Display and Design
Coming to the design, this is where the LG G5 truly starts justifying itself as an upgrade from the previous generation. The LG G5 flaunts a full-metal unibody design that the LG G4 lacked, while still maintaining the removable battery feature of its predecessor by allowing the battery to just slide out by removing the lower end of the smartphone. This is something that we consumers have always demanded. The LG G5 also drops the distinctive rear button placement of the LG G4, with the volume rocker being moved at the edges leaving the back end of the phone housing the camera module featuring a 16MP f/1.8 dual camera setup knitted with a laser autofocus sensor and the LED Flash, as well as the fingerprint sensor.
Both the LG G5 and the LG G4 feature 16MP f/1.8 cameras equipped with laser autofocus and OIS technology. However, both units are not entirely the same, since the LG G5 shakes things up by throwing in a dual camera setup incorporating a normal camera lens and a wide-angle lens allowing the user to take wide shots, which LG claims, will be almost similar to what the human eye sees.
There are no noticeable changes when we talk about the front-facing shooters. Both smartphones utilise 8MP f/2.0 sensors which are capable of some pretty decent results, assuming the LG G5’s front camera performance is still the same or better than the G4’s.
The LG G5 is one of the very first smartphones which will come packed with the powerful 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset bundled with the next-generation Adreno 530 GPU.
The newest SoC is is far more advanced than the Snapdragon 808 CPU of the LG G4, and even adds support for VR content right out of the box via the LG 360 VR.
The LG G5 holds an impressive 4GB of RAM along with 32GB storage which is expandable up to 200GB, while its predecessor made do with a decent 3GB of RAM married to 32GB storage which caps at a maximum of 128GB via expansion.
Battery and Storage
Though the newest from LG compromises on battery life by dropping to a 2,800mAh pack from a healthy 3,000mAh number, but taking into account all the power-saving optimisations that LG harped about at the launch, it shouldn’t impose much of a problem to potential buyers.
Pricing and other features
The latest flagship from the Korean giant is much more than just a specification bump. The LG G5 makes use of its removable battery slot (or what LG calls the Magic Slot) to incorporate several accessories that LG has dubbed as ‘LG Friends’. It features a vast array of devices which can attach to the LG G5 to provide different functions, making the LG G5 the first modular phone that’ll be available to the public. Some of these accessories include the LG CAM Plus, which transforms the LG G5 into a point-and-shoot camera allowing the user to fully operate the camera sensors using just a single hand, Then there is the LG 360 VR, which is basically a VR headset that is easy on the weight and is capable of supporting full 360-degree content, including videos and games. After that comes the LG Hi-Fi Plus, which can transform your LG G5 into a portable boombox, providing audiophiles with a premium sound experience. LG has announced that through the year, many other ‘Friends’ will be made available for the device, including an LG Smart controller which will make controlling drones as easy as playing video games.
The LG G5 doesn’t stop there, it brings yet another feature to the table – the always-on display, which lights up a third of the phone’s screen to stay awake even when the phone is on standby, displaying the time, date and notifications. The battery shouldn’t be a problem if we go by what LG claims. According to what we have heard, the always-on display drains just 0.8 percent battery per hour which is an achievement by itself. The newest flagship from LG also sports the latest USB Type-C port equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and a fingerprint sensor right below the camera module, features that its predecessor lacked.
Coming to the pricing, it’ll be safe to assume that the LG G5 will be priced upwards of Rs 45,000 in India, but without the official statement from LG, this should be taken with a pinch of salt.