LG G5 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

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

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

LG G5 at a glance
When did the LG G5 come out? The LG G5 released in April 2016.
What’s new about the LG G5? Modular design, dual-lens camera, always-on display.
How much does the LG G5 cost? Pricing for the LG G5 ranges between $400 and $500.

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.

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.

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 and DWI for around $400 to $500.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5.3
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 554
Processor Snapdragon 820
Height (mm) 149.4
Width (mm) 73.9
Depth (mm) 7.7
Weight (g) 159
Battery size (mAh) 2,800
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 8
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 3
NFC support Yes
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Updated September 19th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
LG Q Stylus
LG Q Stylus
MT6750
6.2
2160 x 1080
32GB
LG Q7
LG Q7
MT6750
5.5
2160 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 845
6.1
3120 x 1440
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 835
6
2880 x 1440
128GB
LG Q6
LG Q6
Snapdragon 435
5.5
2160 x 1080
32GB
LG K4
LG K4
MT6737M
5
854 x 480
8GB
LG K8
LG K8
MT6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 821
5.7
2880 x 1440
32GB
LG K10
LG K10
MT6750
5.3
1280 x 720
16GB
LG V20
LG V20
Snapdragon 820
5.7
2560 x 1440
64GB
LG X Power
LG X Power
MT6735
5.3
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 820
5.3
2560 x 1440
32GB
LG Stylus DAB+
LG Stylus DAB+
Snapdragon 410
5.7
1280 × 720
16GB
LG G4
LG G4
Snapdragon 808
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB

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