So LG had announced their 2016 flagship, the LG G5 earlier this year and in a matter of few months has officially launched it in India today. However, the G5 was up for pre-orders from May 21st itself and LG had also offered a free Camera Module named LG Cam Plus for everyone who had gone for this which is a pretty good deal in our opinion. The G5 will now go on sale at Flipkart for a price of 52,990 INR.
Let’s take a look at the specifications of the LG G5 before we give our initial thoughts based on the pricing and competition:
|Display||5.3 inches QHD display at ~554 PPI, protected with Gorilla Glass 4
Features ‘Always On Display’ mode
|Form factor||7.7mm thick and 159 gms in weight|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with Adreno 530 GPU|
|Memory||32GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 200GB via micro SD slot|
|Camera||16 MP with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, OIS and flash + 8 MP front shooter|
|Battery||2800 mAh removable battery with modular design
USB Type-C connector, Quick Charge 3.0 support
|OS||LG UI built off Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Connectivity||Dual Sim 4G LTE,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC , Bluetooth 4.2|
|Colours||Silver, Gold, Titan, Pink|
Now considering the price and comparing the G5 with its competition we have the Galaxy S7 from Samsung coming at a slightly lesser price but has the best camera in Android phones at the moment. We also have the HTC 10 coming around the same price range but has managed to get only a lukewarm response though it’s a massive improvement from its predecessor M9. We have the OnePlus 3, which is an upcoming phone later in June, and going by the leaks it should pack a punch but at a price that is way lesser than the ones listed earlier here.
But it’s not just about the price, isn’t it? G5 brings something new to the table – a baby step in the modular phones approach where you can remove the battery and slap in a Cam Plus that costs around 6000 INR and it also brings in 1800mAh of additional battery capacity. The dual-lens camera has this cool wide-angle feature that is also unique. However, the unibody design though being good lacks appealing looks and may not interest everyone.
A good smartphone will always have tons of friends to go with and this seems to be something that LG is trying to push with the G5. Along with the G5, LG also announced other tiny gadgets that go with the G5:
- Smart home monitoring with the ROLLING BOT, that can also simply play a game of fetch with you
- 360 VR for those movie buffs for a theater-like experience
- 360 CAM, something similar to what HTC did with the RE sometime back
- B&O’s DAC support for an enhanced audio experience
- Tone Platinum again for an enhanced audio experience
One thing with the G5 is also that it is one of the few phones with things like a removable battery which lots of us still love. We will wait to get our hands on the G5 and bring you more details on how it performs as compared to the S7 Edge we have been using for a while!
LG G5 Freebies: LG will be providing an extra battery and a charging cradle for free with the LG G5.