Pietermaritzburg - Many devices were launched a day ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona, Spain, last month, with companies trying to push the envelope and be seen as pace-setters for the conference.
Once such company was LG with the launch of their flagship device the G5.
Developers at the South Korean company would have been smiling after the MWC 2016 and rightfully so as LG Electronics managed to rack up 33 awards and accolades at the four-day event, many of which were bestowed upon the G5.
LG G4 was arguably one of the best smartphones of 2015, so its successor had to shape up to the reputation in order to secure its place among the best of 2016 so far. The company introduced a far more fun device, one of the most innovative at the conference.
A unique stand-out feature of the device is the LG G5’s battery, which actually, at the press of a release catch, pops out. In an age where most devices are one solid piece, of which the battery cannot be removed unless the device is physically opened, the G5 not only allows for a drained battery to be replaced with a fully charged one, but also add-on accessories.
On of the accessories is the Cam Plus, which allows for a more comfortable way to take pictures and also offers an additional battery.
Another accessory is a Hi-Fi add-on, which enriches the sound output of the device.
In the design side, the manufacturer has ditched the leather backing found in the G4 for a matte metal finish.
The shape of the G5 itself also has a more smooth design when compared to other devices in its price range.
Another LG trademark is the two cameras on the rear with flash and the shape of the rear button changing slightly but still including the fingerprint scanner.
One camera on the rear is fitted with a standard 78° lens, and the other with a 135° wide-angle lens offering the widest viewing angle in smartphones, 15° wider than the human eye, allowing for better landscape photos and the ability to capture taller buildings.
Following close in the footsteps of the G4, which won the European smartphone camera of the year in 2015, the G5 also features a 16 megapixel camera, with video recording functions of 2160p resolution at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second. The facing camera is an eight megapixel that films video in full HD.
The device comes out of the box with the Android Lollipop operating system, upgradable to Marshmallow.
The G5 also features an always-on display, which offers the user the time and notifications received, without needing to wake. The feature is claimed to consume very little of the 2800 mAh battery.
LG also boast that the same technology built into their TVs is engineered into the G5, making the device Virtual Reality ready, which, as seen at the conference, is set to become a major innovation that manufacturers design their devices around.
To complement the display, LG also announced the launch of the LG 360 VR, a surprisingly compact VR accessory to the phone.
Recognition has to be given to LG for showcasing one of the most unique and innovative smartphones at MWC and the G5 model is definitely a device to look out for this year.
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