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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

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
554 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
149.4mm x 73.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight
159g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 3

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 820
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 6
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
2,800mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
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

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

Compare SIM-only plans for the LG G5

LG G5 specs

Display

Display Size
5.3 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
554 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
149.4mm x 73.9mm x 7.7mm
Weight
159g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 3

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 820
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 6
Internal storage
32GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
2,800mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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