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.
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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 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 February 16th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.2
2160 x 1080
32GB
3,300
5.5
2160 x 1080
32GB
3,000
6.1
3120 x 1440
64GB
128GB
3,000
6
2880 x 1440
128GB
3,300
6.4
3120x1440
64GB
3,300
5.5
2160 x 1080
32GB
3,000
5
854 x 480
8GB
2,500
5
1280 × 720
16GB
2,500
5.7
2880 x 1440
32GB
3,300
5.3
1280 x 720
16GB
2,800
5.7
2560 x 1440
64GB
3,200
5.3
1280 × 720
16GB
4,100
5.3
2560 x 1440
32GB
2,800
5.7
1280 × 720
16GB
3,000
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
3,000
LG K9
LG K9
5
1280x720
16GB
2,500

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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