Barcelona, Spain: The home of the MWC. The GSMA Mobile World Congress or MWC, is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring leading executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. From the 21st of February to the 25th of February, there will be a plethora of new tech revealed and we from that point onwards lapping and drooling will ensure.
First things first. What does MWC 2016 promise to deliver? Well for starters, we have LG and Samsung announcing and revealing their lineup of flagship mobile phones.
LG unveiled the new G5 a metallic, unibody device that has a few interesting features up it’s sleeve. For starters, as we mentioned, it comprises of a metallic unibody design with a side-mounted volume rocker, and a power button built into the fingerprint sensor on the back. The entire device is wrapped in round edges which LG calls the “3D Arc”.
Here’s where things get interesting. The bottom cap of the LG G5 can be removed. Why, you ask? Well LG states that this give you access to a replaceable battery and also the possibility of adding a number of modules such as a camera grip or a hi-fi audio module. Yes you read that right.
To remove the cap, simply press the lock button on the left side and pull it out. The cap and the attached battery then slide out allowing access to the interior of the device. As for the camera grip, it’s called the LG Cam Plus and also offers an additional 1200 mAh of power and manual controls for the shutter and zooming function. The grip also eliminates the possibility of the phone slipping out of your hands. The second module showcased was the dedicated audio module from Bang & Olufsen, called LG Hi-Fi Plus. This includes a 32-bit DAC and a dedicated 3.5 mm headphones port.
Other specs include a 5.3 inch Quad HD IPS LCD with an Always-On mode that shows the clock and notifications at all times. It is powered by a Qualcomm’ Snapdragon 820 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 to handle all gaming and fulfill your graphics hungry needs. In terms of storage, you’re looking at 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot as well. Thanks to Quick Charge 3.0, you can refill 80% of your 2,800-mAh battery in just under 40 minutes.
On the snapping front, the LG G5 features a standard 16MP camera and a wide-angle 8MP camera that will, depending on the scene, combine the inputs from both cameras into one image. You can also switch between the wide-angle camera and the regular one manually from the camera app itself.
In an interesting turn of events, LG has also decided to scrap the venerable app drawer seen on almost all android phones. According to LG, users don’t really care about the app drawer so removing it makes their life simpler.
The UI too has undergone a facelift. The notification dropdown has black or light green icons on a white background and even the settings menu is now organized in a single column again with the revamped color scheme.
While there is no confirmation on pricing, the LG G5 is expected to go on sale in April. While a phone comprising of these specs will certainly not be cheap, the question on everyone’s minds is exactly how expensive the device will be. This includes the accessories such as the camera grip and the Hi-Fi audio module as well.
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