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LG G5 flagship smartphone confirmed for launch on 21st Feb

by David Ross on 4 February 2016, 10:31

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LG's next flagship smartphone, the LG G5 has been confirmed for launch at an event just ahead of the start of MWC 2016 in Barcelona. Like Samsung, LG has chosen Sunday 21st Feb to launch its great new hope on what is dubbed 'LG G5 Day'. As the invitation hints, LG's new top smartphone will come along with 'new friends', which are expected to be other handsets and possibly some VR hardware.

As well as the above MWC invitation, LG has been Tweeting lots of pictures featuring the number five. You can see look through these here, (and below) there might even be some new ones by the time this report is published. All these teases are well and good, but what should we expect of LG's next flagship smartphone?

According to details from various leaks and reports compiled by ZDNet I have created a bullet point specification list for the upcoming LG G5 below:

  • Display: 5.3-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, plus a second smaller 160 x 1040 display for notifications etc
  • CPU/Memory: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage
  • Cameras: dual-lens rear camera providing 16MP and 135-degree wide-angle captures, dual flash, laser and RGB sensor autofocus, 8MP front facing camera
  • Design: metal unibody with capped slot for replaceable battery (see image below), microSD. Measurements of 149 x 73.9 x 8.2mm. Volume controls moved to the side.
  • Other: 2800mAh battery (removable), finger print sensor, Android 6.

The above specs do seem appealing, with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC powering a smartphone with great screen, cameras, and offering a user replaceable battery in a premium package. It will be interesting to see the final product and what LG does to appeal, like last year's LG G4 leather finishes.

What about the 'new friends' mentioned on the LG MWC invite? We might well see some more smartphones in the LG G5 range but the second biggest announcement from LG could be the LG 360 VR device, as hinted at by @evleaks a few hours ago.



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The LG G3's screen to body ratio is what made it so popular. The G4 grew bigger despite having the same design and I it seems like the G5 will be bigger still despite the smaller main screen due to this battery on a tray ######y. Just make the back removable and keep it small.

My hands have stopped growing. Can phones with removable batteries do the same?
Hopefully a bit less heavy than the LG4. And just when I decided the LG4 was the way to go to replace my HTC one x!!
am not sure about the removable battery idea…Before the battery dies the phone will be very much outdated.
lumireleon
am not sure about the removable battery idea…Before the battery dies the phone will be very much outdated.

The point is that you can leave a battery in a pocket/bag and swap it out and have a phone on full charge in about 20 seconds.
I keep a spare battery with me if I think I might need it.
Apologies if the replies below make me sound like an LG fan boy - not my intention (and if you don't believe that - ask my opinion of my LG monitor)
semo
The LG G3's screen to body ratio is what made it so popular. The G4 grew bigger despite having the same design and I it seems like the G5 will be bigger still despite the smaller main screen due to this battery on a tray ######y. Just make the back removable and keep it small.
Problem is that LG seemed to have decided to pander to the journalist idiots (no, no, not including you ‘mtyson’) who were bitching and whining that the G3/G4's plastic backs totally ruined them as top end phones, because “all premium phones must be metal”. :wallbash: My youngest daughter got a G4 for Christmas and it doesn't seem more than a mil or two bigger than my ole G3, which I can live with
tigertop1
Hopefully a bit less heavy than the LG4.
G4 isn't heavy. Actually I'd say that my G3 could do with a little more heft so I didn't keep thinking that it'd fallen out of my pockets! :o
lumireleon
am not sure about the removable battery idea…Before the battery dies the phone will be very much outdated.
With the greatest of respect, you're wrong. Consensus is that batteries typically start going downhill after about 12 months of “normal” use. And my usage seems to start showing drop offs in capacity in about 14-16 months. Which means, I suppose, that a lack of removable/replaceable battery isn't a deal breaker if you change phones yearly, but I don't, and instead hold onto mine for 2-3 years. Removable batteries also offer the chance to replace with a (slightly) higher capacity one.

As to the G5, I'm torn. So far the artists impressions have shown something that looks pretty similar to the dull merry-go-round of Galaxy & iPhones. Oh, and the mounting of volume controls on the back is useful to me - means that my Ram X-Grip screen mount doesn't end up pushing on the volume keys, plus the fact that they're central (okay, on the back) means that they're just as convenient (or otherwise!) for left or right handed folks.