It’s a big bet for a flagship phone, let me tell you that much. The LG G5 is a noticeable departure from the architecture of previous flagship handset from LG, and sports a new modular accessory system, on top of the new design, specs and software.
Oh, and always-on display? Check, LG has it here.
First off, the G5 is all-metal — it finally happened, as LG was the last of the major Android manufacturers to be making a flagship phone with a non-metal body. Secondly, the modular accessory system: things like a camera grip that also includes a 4,000mAh charge, or a Hi-Fi DAC for audiophiles, can be slid in via the removable bottom bezel — which also means this is the first all-metal flagship phone of recent memory with a removable battery.
LG is getting a lot right here, but for some reason got rid of the app drawer, so every app downloaded goes to the screen — sigh. Still, there’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a returned LG skin, so that should (hopefully) make up for this shortcoming). Also, like th eNexus 6P, the fingerprint sensor is located in the power button, which means you can unlock in a jiffy.
Specifications are as follows: Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS Quantum display (554 PPI), 4GB of RAM, 32B internal storage (microSD up to 2TB), 2,800mAh battery, a 16 megapixel rear camera (78-degrees) + 8 megapixel rear camera (135-degrees) for wide-angle shots, 8 megapixel front camera, and network support in the US on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.
Price and availability are to be announced, but it is worth noting that LG even made accessories like a VR headset and a 360 cam, so the G5 experience — when it does come out — will be pretty interesting.