Review LG G5: all about the smartphone flagship with interchangeable "friends"

On the eve of the exhibition MWC 2016 in Barcelona, officially opens tomorrow, LG introduced its main smartphone 2016: LG G5. The device has a top-end features, combines a metallic unibody-body with the ability to change the battery quickly, and allows you to extend the functionality through plug module - "friends" - from high-end amplifier by Bang & Olufsen to VR-glasses ". See also: user manuals for LG smartphones

MWC 2016 in Barcelona
MWC 2016 in Barcelona

Unibody battery is not a hindrance

First, about the smartphone. Diagonal QuadHD-screen to choose a compromise LG G5, 5.3 inches - slightly less than that of last year's G4. This sleek metal unibody-body with rounded edges on the protective glass should be in a better hand. But it makes the LG G5 most ambitious flagship, which the Korean company has ever produced.

LG engineers have managed to combine the G5 piece body made of metal and replacement batteries. The lower end of the unit can be detached and then long and narrow battery capacity of 2800 mAh can be easily removed and replaced by a similar but fully charged.

LG G5
LG G5

Removable modules and accessories for LG G5, or "In the circle of friends"

Replace the batteries at the same time is not limited - to the LG G5 can connect here "friends" such:

LG Friends
LG Friends

Exactly - LG Friends - in a company called plug-ins that extend the functionality of the new flagship. There are many, but instead directly to the lower end of the housing until the two are connected. First, LG Cam Plus, is intended to facilitate control of the camera when shooting - "uhvatistaya" form, the zoom wheel and dedicated button for taking photos and recording video, allow to fully take pictures holding a smartphone with one hand.

the battery
the battery

And it hides the battery an incomprehensible capacity - strange because in the course of the presentation, it was declared as a 4000 mAh battery, but in a promotional video posted on the web, as well as in the press release figure contains a much more modest - 1200 mAh. In the first case, it should at least double the battery life, in the second - will be able to increase it only about a third.

The second plug-in module, LG Hi-Fi Plus, produced in collaboration with the famous audio brend Bang & Olufsen, and contains high-quality 32-bit digital-to-analog converter and a compact stereo amplifier. The gadget allows you to get the most out of your smartphone as a source of high-quality audio - of course, if you connect to the "other" appropriate to its level of speakers or headphones.

360-degree camera Cam LG 360
360-degree camera Cam LG 360

The rest of the "friends" that extend the functionality of the LG G5, intervention in smartphone design do not require. 360-degree camera Cam LG 360 ("It will change forever selfie" - say in LG) is connected wirelessly, and surprisingly lightweight (118 grams) of virtual reality glasses LG 360 the VR - through cable connector USB Type-C.

virtual reality glasses LG 360 the VR
virtual reality glasses LG 360 the VR

During the presentation of LG devices have been quick to criticize the existing VR-solutions (finger did not show, but obviously mean Samsung Gear VR) for the inconvenience, weight and tendency to spoil the hair and make-up user. LG 360 VR really look compared to competing solutions is very compact smartphone which is not necessary to insert - two screens with 1080p resolution, each have been installed inside. Logically, such a decision does need to be more convenient, but also more expensive.

Wi-Fi LG Rolling Bot camera
Wi-Fi LG Rolling Bot camera

Other two additional devices for LG G5 belong to the world of robots. One - funny spherical propelled Wi-Fi LG Rolling Bot camera to remotely monitor a home or cheating during a game of hide and seek. Second - Smart Controller controller to control the drones. To present it on stage in Barcelona rose representative of the Parrot, so it seems, the products of the French company's controller will support.

His task - to simplify the control of drones and view live video from the cameras built into them, making fun of a high-tech option, according to a promotional video, and children, and seniors.

Flagship specifications of LG G5 and dual camera

Now let's talk about the hardware. As expected, LG G5 uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip with four processing cores and Adreno 530 graphics, 40% more productive than the previous generation flagship chip. The Snapdragon 820 is also integrated LTE-modem with 12 categories, that is the theoretical limit download speed - 600 megabits per second.

RAM 4 GB and internal memory - 32. If desired, it can be extended microSD cards up to 2 terabytes. Because the battery can be easily changed, to maximize its capacity LG engineers apparently did not try - it is 2800 mAh.

Smartphone, sacrificing a little diagonal display, became smaller last year's LG G4. Width - the key parameter that determines the ease of use - reduced by 2.2 mm to 73.9 mm, the maximum thickness - 2.1 mm to 7.7 mm. Length, however, even increased by half a millimeter - seems to fit the connection of additional modules and interface design, which allows to change the battery.

Stand out from your competitors LG G5 seeks another innovation - the device is equipped with two front-facing camera. One - regular, 16-megapixel, and the second - 8 megapixel, but the wide-angle (135-degree viewing angle). With its help, you can easily take pictures of big companies or architecture while traveling. To switch between the two modes, able (with reservations) to replace the full optical zoom, you can by simply clicking on the screen icon.

LG Display also unusual trends - it displays the time and notifications even when your phone is locked and "asleep". Due to the fact that in this mode is active, only a third of the screen, the function uses, according to representatives of the LG, only 0.8% of the total battery capacity per hour. During the day, a pace, however,  19.2% - not too little.

In addition to the NFC chip, which has not prevented the full metal body, LG G5 is equipped with support for Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 - more productive version of the rapid charging technology, and supports aptX HD - CODEC that lets you broadcast over Bluetooth 24-bit high-resolution audio. From aptX HD headphone headset supports the recently announced LG Tone Platinum.

The smartphone will go on the market (Launch date in different regions are different and will be announced separately as prices) in four colors - silver, "titanium" dark gray, golden and color "pink gold". Entry to sell versions with support for two SIM-cards.