LG G5 Launched with Modular Design at the MWC 2016

The LG G5 comes with a number of modules and accessories known as LG Friends including a VR goggle and a 360-degree cam.

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LG has launched its newest flagship smartphone, the LG G5 at the ongoing MWC 2016 event in Barcelona. The phone is quite different than its predecessor in many ways. It comes with a metal uni-body, slide-out removable battery, and a unique modular design. LG has also announced a number of accessories and modules known as LG Friends which makes most of the modular design of the G5.

To start with, the LG G5 sports a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display with ‘Always On’ feature. It means you can take a look at the time, date, and other relevant information without waking up the whole display. LG has said that this feature consumes only 0.8% battery per hour.

Under the hood, you will find an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. The LG G5 comes with dual rear camera module with one 16MP camera having 75-degree lens and another 8MP camera with 135-degree wide angle lens. It offers 32GB of internal storage with microSD card support for up to 2TB. The whole package is powered by a 2800mAh slide-out removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. It will be shipping with Android Marshmallow v6.0 starting April 2016 in selected countries.

Other than the LG G5 itself, LG also announced different accessories and modules which they are referring to as LG Friends.

LG Friends

LG CAM Plus:

LG CAM Plus

The LG CAM Plus is a camera module which can be attached to the LG G5 through the battery slot. It gives your phone the capabilities similar to that of a standalone camera with dedicated buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, and LED indicator. It also packs in and additional 1200mAh battery.

LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY:

LG HiFi Plus

The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is a portable Hi-Fi audio player aimed at all the audiophiles. It features 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling technology as well as support for 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. You can use the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY as a module attached to your LG G5 or simply as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to another smartphone or PC.

LG 360 VR:

LG 360 VR

The LG 360 VR is a VR goggle which you can connect to the LG G5 using a dedicated cable and exclusively works with the LG G5 to simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It is foldable which makes it easy to carry around and is said to be only one-third as heavy as other VR goggles in the market. The LG 360 VR is also compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured using an LG 360 CAM or Google Cardboard.

LG 360 CAM:

LG 360 CAM

The LG 360 CAM is a 360-degree camera which features dual 13MP camera 200-degree wide angle lens. It offers 4GB of storage with microSD card support and is powered by a 1200mAh battery. The LG 360 CAM provides 2k video and 5.1 surround channel recording on its three microphones. You can also upload 360-degree images and videos captured using the cam to Google Street View and YouTube360 directly.

LG Rolling Bot:

LG Rolling Bot

The LG Rolling Bot features an 8MP camera and can capture images and videos as it rolls like a ball. It can be used as a surveillance device as its IP camera can be connected to WiFi and then the recorded feed can be live streamed on the LG G5.

LG Smart Controller:

The LG Smart Controller is basically a controller which lets you control certain drones. You can also view the stream from your drone on the LG G5 in real-time and control the drone using the LG Smart Controller joystick.