Watch The LG MWC 2016 Announcement Live
MWC 2016 is quickly gaining momentum, and press conferences are definitely lined up back to back today. In fact, it appears the Barcelona schedule is so tightly packed that LG’s event kicks off at the same time as Huawei’s. You’ll just have to prioritize, we guess. The YouTube stream is below.
LG G5 is a modular smartphone and a massive change of pace for the South Korean firm. It’s done away with cheap plastic and confusing leather finishes of the LG G4 in favor of a full metal body, while keeping fan-favorite features like a removable battery and microSD card.
That’s a big deal, because Samsung disappointed a vocal minority when it ditched its swappable battery and expandable storage hallmarks for the Galaxy S6 and realized the errors of its way as it reinstated microSD support in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge a year later.
The LG G5 may not be as ornate as Samsung’s glass-and-metal-fused phone, or Apple’s aluminum iPhone 6S, but it’s a step in the right direction after the questionably styled G4.
Not only does it include perks for power users, LG’s changed the way we access the battery with a cartridge-like input so you don’t have to remove the back cover.
This ‘magic slot’ is located in the bottom frame of the phone and doubles as an accessory port. Add-ons include a battery grip with physical camera controls and a Hi-Fi audio module.
You don’t really need either of these accessories to enjoy the camera or audio, though. LG G5 has a dual-camera setup on the back, with one lens that provides extra-wide photos.
The front is highlighted by an always-on, 5.3-inch display. It never goes to sleep, with the time, date and notification icons visible when the phone is off.