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LG PH launches G5; Initial impressions, specs and pricing

Live units are already out in stores as we spotted one in SM Megamall and another in Avant in Greenbelt Makati ahead of the LG Philippines launch of its latest flagship LG G5 and friends.

Taking a whole new route in the flagship device, the LG G5 is in no way look similar to the undeniably more gorgeous LG G4.


LG G5 – Design and build

The modular presentation is something we look forward to since for a long time, we have used to carrying a one-piece device that delivers what we need basically from a smartphone.

From a person who owned LG’s previous flagships, the G2 and G4, the G5 looks uninspiring to me design-wise. Yugatech describes it as youthful with its curvy and rounded design. To me, it just became boring. That is because LG has been on the forefront of innovation specially when they first introduced features like knock-on, installed the power button and volume control at the back and award-winning designs since LG G2.

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A smartphone with baby fats says Yugatech, the LG G5 is now housed in a metal unibody but feels more like a high-end plastic when you hold it. A Gorilla Glass 4 is protecting the screen as it becomes curvy on the top.

The screen has 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display for a beautiful viewing mode even on a bright daylight thanks to the 554ppi.

At the bottom is the removable module with the LG logo prominently printed at the center. On top, LG did not forget the IR blaster equipped with remote control function while at the bottom is the USB Type-C port, a pinhole microphone, and the speaker

Don’t look for the volume rocker at the back because G5 has put it on the left side and on the opposite is the hybrid dual-SIM tray. On the lower part on the left side, you will find the ejector button of the module.

At the back, you will find two (2) cameras, which is a first for LG, (Huawei had this in their Honor 6 Plus model) — one 16MP  as the default camera and another 8MP for taking wide shots.

The power button was retained at the back and sits below the camera It doubles as the fingerprint scanner too.

The LG G5 modules

The most interesting feature LG introduced with LG G5 is the modular part. Currently, the G5 modular parts are the Cam Plus which gives the user better grip and control plus an additional 1,200mAH battery. The second module is the LG HiFi+With it in place, the G5 gets two new headphone jacks for HiFi+ and this accessory supports 32-bit DAC.

There are other accessories that are included in the launch. While these accessories are not modular in nature, it comes as the G5 friends.

The LG 360 VR brings 639ppi effect and it feels like looking at a 130-inch TV from seven feet, according to Android Authority.

The other accessory is the LG 360 CAM which records video on 360 degrees mode and saves it to the built-in 4G storage. The LG 360 Cam has 1,200mAH battery and comes with micro-SD slot for additional storage.

LG G5 Display, UI and OS

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow running the front-end, LG made sure that the UI is clean and neat. This is what I liked with G5 compared to G4. Although you can’t find an app drawer present and therefore all apps are installed on the home screen. It is now up to you to arrange it into different categories in a folder. The G5 gets a new settings menu and it looks minimalistic now which is better.

LG G5 specs

5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display @ 2560×1440, 554ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, 2.15 GHz Kryo + 1.6 GHz Kryo dual-core
Adreno 530 GPU
4GB RAM
32GB internal storage
microSD support
4G/LTE Cat. 12 up to 600Mbps
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
16MP rear camera, f1.8 + 8MPf2.4 wide angle camera
8MP front-facing camera
2,800mAh removable Li-Ion battery
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI on top
USB Type-C
159g

LG G5 pricing and availability

Pre-order is on-going now for colors pink, gold, titan (charcoal), and silver. Official SRP is P34,990 with free LG Camera Plus module.

Smart and Globe LG G5 postpaid plans

We are seeing that LG G5 will be offered by both Smart and Globe in their postpaid offering. Taking from the pattern history, LG G5 might be available for FREE under Plan 1999.

Initial verdict

The most interesting part of the LG G5 is the modular parts which deviate from the current trend. Maybe LG is starting a new revolution by distracting the market again. They did this when they put the conventional buttons at the back of LG G2. The module design will inspire designers to create accessories that they attach to the G5. Or LG perhaps can add more modules so that it becomes more interesting for the consumer. The only challenge right now is that the current modules are expensive.

In terms of performance, I can see that G5 will deliver as expected. The camera will create amazing images and videos, but I am not sure if the 2,800mAH battery will accompany you throughout the day of usage.

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