MANILA, Philippines – At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, held from February 22 to 25, LG announced its flagship G5 smartphone to waiting techies everywhere.
What's making waves with the phone lovers isn't just the specifications of the phone, however; it's also the promise of more to come.
LG is touting its LG G5 smartphone as the first modular smartphone.
Following the tenets of modular design – in which a system like a phone is subdivided into modules that are independently created and used together – the LG G5 is a metal phone with a removable 2,800 mAh battery and, at present, two additional modules that users can attach to the phone to give it extra capabilities.
For starters, there's the LG Cam Plus attachment. As the name implies, it's a camera module that can be attached via the battery slot. It will offer a better grip for the phone as well as physical camera control buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, as well as an LED indicator.
Once it's attached to the phone, it also gives a user extra battery capacity. According to LG's press release, the device will have an additional 1,200 mAh.
Meanwhile, the "LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY" module is a portable Hi-Fi DAC (digital-to-analog converter) audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY.
This module provides 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology and 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback, and can be used as a module with the LG G5 or, if you prefer, as a standalone device by connecting it to another smartphone or computer.
The G5 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display with 2560x1440 resolution.
Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the G5 comes with 32GB of storage space, with microSD card expandability supporting up to 2TB of additional space.
It also has a pair of rear cameras – a standard 16 megapixel camera and a wide-angle 8 megapixel camera – and an 8 megapixel front camera.
The LG G5 is supposed to come in silver, gold, pink, or "titan" colors, with pricing yet to be revealed.
One GSM Arena report, however, pegged European pricing at around 539 pounds ($748), though this is likely a speculative price, rather than the official announcement from LG. – Rappler.com
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