LG G5 with 5.3-inch Quad HD always-on display, hardware expansion slot goes official

LG G5 has been finally announced today at MWC 2016, as expected. The flagship phone from LG packs in a hardware expansion slot along with dual rear cameras and always-on Quad HD display. Lets check out the specifications and features of the smartphone.


LG G5 Specifications

The LG G5 features a 5.3-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD always-on display along with 3D Arc Glass. The always-on display will let users check the time, battery status, and notifications without waking up the phone. The display’s backlight only illuminates one small part of the overall display, so only 0.8% of the phone’s battery drains in an hour, according to LG.

It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit processor along with Adreno 530 GPU. It has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, that can be expanded up to 2 TB via microSD card. The flagship smartphone runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the latest LG UX on top of it.

The G5 sports a 16 megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Optical Image stabilization (OIS) 2.0, Laser Auto Focus, manual mode and support for 4K video recording. It also comes with a 8 megapixel secondary rear camera with 135-degree wide-angle lens. On the front, there is a 8 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The smartphone is 7.7~8.6 mm thick and weighs 159 grams. It comes with a fingerprint sensor located below the dual rear camera setup. LG has also unveiled a hardware expansion modules named CAM Plus and Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play.


  1. CAM Plus: Camera that is attached through battery slot for a comfortable grip and convenient control of a DSLR. Offers Auto focus, exposure lock, and provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, and zoom. Packs additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh.
  2. Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play: Portable Hi-Fi audio player developed in collaboration with B&O Play supports 32-bit, 384KHz high-definition audio playback. Can be used with LG G5 or even as a separate Hi-Fi digital audio chip (DAC) that connects to any smartphone or PC.

The LG G5 also supports companion devices called LG Friends which can transform the smartphone into a Hi-Fi player, digital camera and more. Check out the options below.

  1. LG 360 VR: 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.
  2. LG 360 CAM: 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. Provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones
  3. LG Rolling Bot: Companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8MP camera. Can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances.
  4. H3 by B&O PLAY: Set of high-end earphones that is compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY.
  5. LG Smart Controller: Allows users to easily control certain drones. Lets you check the video stream from the drone through the LG G5 in real-time and control the unmanned aircraft with the LG Smart Controller joystick.
  6. LG Friends Manager: Only available in the LG G5, it is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. It automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.


The LG G5 includes 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB Type-C and GPS as connectivity options. It packs in a 2,800 mAh removable battery under the hood that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

The LG G5 is available in Titan, Gold, Pink and Silver color variants and will be rolled out globally starting from April along with the Friends companion devices. There is no information on the pricing yet and it is expected to be announced locally, at the time of release.

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