LG has shown off its G5 smartphone, highlighting a unique modular design that enables you to boost the handset with a beefier battery and more powerful sound if required.
LG launched the G5 during a pre-Mobile World Congress event on Sunday and no doubt hopes that it will be received as favourably, if not more so, than last year's LG G4.
Improving on last year's handset, which was available with a plastic or leather rear, the LG G5 has a more premium design with a unibody aluminium case. There's a Nexus 6P-style fingerprint sensor on the rear, and power and volume keys to the side of the smartphone.
By far the most interesting aspect of the handset's design is the 'Magic Slot' modular functionality that allows you to insert different modules onto the bottom of the smartphone. LG made two available at launch: the LG Cam Plus, which doubles as extra 1,100mAH battery and a grip for photography; and the LG Hi-Fi Plus for boosted sound quality. This modular design also means the handset's 2,800mAh battery can be removed.
Inside this upgradeable case is a 5.3in 1440x2560 QHD screen, complete with always-on display functionality as opposed to featuring on a the secondary screen like that on the LG V10. This always-on display means you can glance at the time without unlocking the device, for example, and LG claims it won't have a negative effect on the smartphone's battery.
The LG G5 uses Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB RAM. There's a 16MP camera with an 8MP 135-degree wide-angle lens on the rear and an 8MP camera on the front.
The LG G5 will be made available in silver, gold, pink and titan, and comes with a USB Type-C port for quick charging, 32GB of storage expandable up to 2TB and Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The smartphone will also be offered alongside companion devices dubbed 'LG Friends'. This accessory line-up includes the Snapdragon-powered LG 360 VR headset, a Sphero-like device called the Rolling Bot that comes with a built-in camera, a handheld 360-degree camera, and the LG Smart Controller for flying drones.
The LG G5 will be available simultaneously in key markets globally, according to the firm, but LG has yet to reveal exact availability details.
The company also announced a handful of mid-range handsets ahead of MWC last week. There's the LG X Cam and X Screen that claim to offer "innovations" in imaging and display respectively, and the LG Stylus 2 which, er, comes with a stylus.
Check back soon for our first impressions of the LG G5.
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