LG G5 Review, The Heart of the Dragon

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The new LG G5 it’s the latest and greatest smartphone in the Korean giant’s portfolio, a totally new flagship, boasting its state of the art hardware platform and a brand new design.

The new G5 has it all: a dual-camera setup, which comes handy for every occasion: video-calls, selfies or artsy photos, a high-end system on chip, i.e. the heart of a dragon, and, very interestingly, it features a modular design.

What does that mean? Well, the LG G5 boasts its Magic Slot, a tech devilry which allows the smartphone to be modular, i.e. you can plug-in any number of devices into your precious, like a bigger battery, a professional camera with a grip or an external sound card/amplifier provided by Bang and Olufsen.

The modular design of the LG G5 doesn’t (yet) allow you to upgrade the smartphone’s internal hardware, but it’s cool enough, as it offers you a myriad of other “external”options, and that’s pretty avantgarde. The add-on will be sold separately, of course, however, at least in the beginning, the prices sound pretty okay.

If you’re lucky enough, you might even win a free of charge camera grip, as LG will surely throw one in selected markets.

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Now, let’s take a look at the hardware details. The new G5 measures 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, and it weighs 159 grams, having a smaller footprint than the previous generation, due to the smaller real-estate in terms of screen, which is now 5.3 inches wide, vs the 5.5” of last year’s flagship.

The chassis is built from metal, featuring a round and elegant shape, and the front of the device is very different from anything I’ve seen until now, with its 3D Arc Glass which spreads over the entire front panel and it’s perfectly flat, except at the top where it curves over the metal frame, very subtle yet creating an awesome visual effect.

The body of the LG G5 is carved out of metal, featuring an unibody-like design (except that it’s not), with silver painted edges, looking and feeling like a premium smartphone in your hand.

The G5 handles great and it offers a secure grip, due to the high-end choice of materials incorporated into its built. Also, the smartphone is compact enough, being perfectly pocketable, except if you’re that kind of hipster who wears skinny jeans; however, you can always keep your smartphone inside your male-purse, no worries.

At a closer inspection, you’ll notice the Magic Slot ejector on the left side of the device, in which you can connect one of the two official Magic Slot add-ons available: first you have the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY for enhancing the audio quality of your precious, while the other is the LG Cam Plus camera grip, which comes with a camcorder button, a shutter key, an on/off button for the camera and a zoom dial, together with 1200 mAh of extra-power capacity, which comes handy during hot photo sessions.

The display is a smaller version than the one used in the V10, a Quantum IPS LCD with QHD resolution and 5.3 inches of width. The pixels per inch density is a respectable 554 ppi, while the display itself comes with an impressive contrast ratio and a state of the art Assertive Display algorithm which adjusts in real time the pixel color values, for helping with sunlight legibility.

Connectivity is impressive, as expected from a flagship, as the LG G5 comes full loaded with all the bells and whistles: A-GPS, GPS, LTE Cat 9, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, aptX HD, NFC, USB OTG and it’s compatible with Android Pay.

The smartphone is powered by a beefy 2800 mAh battery which comes with an endurance rating of 60 hours. Also, the G5 recharges very quickly, thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology that replenished a drained battery in just under 30 minutes (80%).

The LG G5 is powered by the latest Qualcomm system on chip, the Snapdragon 820 respectively, featuring a quad-core CPU (Kryo), 2 of the CPUs being clocked at 2,15 and the other 2@1.6 Ghz respectively, together with 4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU, offering the G5 flagship-grade performance.

The camera is excellent, featuring Laser Auto-Focus, advanced optical image stabilization and the Color Spectrum sensor, offering manual controls, panoramic shots and really impressive capabilities for a camera-phone.

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Bottom line, the new LG G5 is a very interesting piece of gear, with excellent handling and built quality, an amazing screen and an outstanding camera, offering an impressive and immersive Android experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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