LG G5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The LG G5 is easily the most fascinating smartphone of 2016, with an innovative design that sadly lacks the premium polish you might expect.

5.3 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

32GB

Internal storage

16MP + 8MP

Rear camera

2,800 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
Rear camera megapixels 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.4mm x 73.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight 159g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 3
Processor Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 2,800mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$1,099
Launch date2016-04
LG G5

The good

  • Solid performance
  • Camera choice
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Good battery life
  • Modular design opens up lots of possibilities

The bad

  • Doesn’t entirely feel premium
  • Removing the battery bay is a chore
  • Camera colour calibration can be odd
  • Camera delay
  • Not all Friends are made equal

The LG G5 offers features you won’t find on any other Android phone, along with a few quirks that need ironing out for what is meant to be a premium device.

Of all the phone manufacturers in the premium space, LG arguably made the biggest changes to its flagship line in 2016. Gone is the rounded back of the LG G4, as is the leather look and feel. Instead, it has opted for a modular approach that sees not only the battery but the entire bottom section of the G5 removable so that add-on "Friends" modules can be utilised. It’s a bold new step for the South Korean phone maker, but is it one that pays off?

Design

  • Modular design is unlike anything else on the market.
  • Interchangeable parts don't live up to their potential.
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Camera

  • Wide-angle lens opens up new possibilities for landscape photography.
  • Switching between lenses comes with a significant delay and introduces odd colour calibration issues.
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Performance

  • Slick and smooth, with comparable performance to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7.
  • Relatively little clutter to bog down the user interface.

Battery life

  • Removable battery is handy for frequent travellers.
  • Regular battery life is surprisingly solid, though still firmly in the mid-range of premium handsets.

Verdict

  • An ambitious attempt to revolutionise the smartphone space that doesn't fully succeed.

Pricing and availability

LG G5

A smartphone unlike any other

Customise your phone on the fly with the modular LG G5.

Promoted

  • The LG G5 is available through online retailers like Catch for around $400 to $500.

LG G5 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.3 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
Rear camera megapixels 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8 + f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 149.4mm x 73.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight 159g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 3
Processor Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

32GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 2,800mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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