Last Updated onEvery year, LG makes ripples across the mobile world when it introduces its newest flagship model, the G series.
The G2 was praised for its amazingly long-lasting battery, the G3 had an awesome Quad HD display, while the G4 has a camera we’ve been drooling over for the past year.
Now, the South Korean tech giants have announced the release date for the G5, and it is time to do a recap of all the rumors and things we already know about the upcoming device.
LG G5 Unveiling and release dateThe device is set to be introduced during the Mobile World Congress 2016, taking place in Barcelona from 22 – 25 February 2015. It follows a similar pattern to last year’s announcement, when LG unveiled the G4, practically the same day Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone. We’re expecting the device to go on sale in early June 2016.
The DesignLast year, the company released the smartphone with a leather back version, which received mixed results. Some liked it, others were absolutely disgusted by it. The device was 5.5-inch big and had a plastic back casing. It was also, as we learned to expect from LG, a slightly curved device at the back.
Everything I said above will most likely change with the LG G5. Rumors suggest the device’s dimensions will be 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm, and that it will have a 5.6-inch screen. Other rumors, which might also be true (I’ll explain later how that’s possible), say the phone will actually be smaller this year – 5.3 inches.
The device will allegedly have two displays – a ‘main’ Quad High-Definition one, and a small, secondary display, like the one we already saw on the V10. This wouldn’t be the first time LG implemented an experimental feature from a lesser device into a flagship phone.
LG has already confirmed the device’s display will come with an ‘always on’ feature, displaying basic information such as time and notifications.
It will come in a full metal casing for a more premium look. No plastic, no shenanigans. Topping it all, it will no longer be slightly curved at the back. Instead, it will be a completely square-shaped phone.
Another notable feature expected to be changed this year are the power and volume buttons. Instead of being at the back, rumor has it they will be moved to the side of the device.
Perhaps the most important new design feature is the slide-out bottom. The feature was basically confirmed, but it is yet unknown what it will be used for. Some say it is only there to allow access to the removable battery, while others say it will be more of a modular thing, where people would be able to attach a few components to their liking, such as a physical keyboard. Sounds too good to be true, though.
LG G5 Hardware specsIn terms of hardware, we can only expect the best from LG G5. The device will come with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB or RAM and a microSD card slot. There will be three variants of the device, with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. The device will also come featuring two new security components – the iris scanner and the fingerprint scanner.
In terms of the camera, this one might satisfy even the most critical of photographers. The G5 will have a 135-degree wide angle dual-sensor back camera (16MP+8MP), with two LED flash bulbs and one laser between the two lenses inside. You can expect mighty good photos. In terms of the battery, there are also mixed reports out there, both of which most likely true. Some say the device will have a 3,000 mA/h battery and wireless charging, while others say the battery will be smaller – a 2,800 mA/h one. Although the latter seems quite unbelievable, it actually makes sense if you pair it with the phone’s 5.3-inch variant.
As it turns out, LG will release two phones this year, similar to what Samsung and Apple are doing, and the second phone, which the media have dubbed the ‘LITE’ version, will most likely be smaller and have a smaller battery.