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LG unveils first G5 modular smartphone


LG has unveiled its highly anticipated LG G5 smartphone, a brand new design with not only a sleek, metal uni-body featuring a slide-out battery but a modular type design that gives a unique smartphone experience. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.

First, the G5’s 135-degree wide angle lens lets you choose between standard or wide angle lens to get more in the shot. Second, the always-on display makes notifications just a glance away with the time, date and more available anytime without waking the G5. Third, the 3D arc glass featured in the smartphone’s 5.3-inch display creates a gentle curve and a smooth colorful metal surface through an advanced microdizing process which takes anodized aluminum to a whole new level.

Furthermore, the insulative antenna is invisibly integrated into the body without disrupting the seamless look of the metal uni-body. LG designers took the metal body concept one step further by adding a shiny cut edge for added contrast and a more comfortable grip.

LG’s innovative modular Type design gives the LG G5 the ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal uni-body design for the first time ever.


The first plug-in module is the LG CAM Plus, a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator and comfortable grip. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found on standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting times for more fun and enjoyment.

The LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who seek to enjoy top-notch sounds that have traditionally only been available through high-end audio devices.


Alongside this two exiting plug-in module, LG also introduces the LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset. The camera is a dual-sensor spherical camera that captures either 16-megapixel stills or up to 2K video and will have immediate support from YouTube 360 and Google Street View. The headset is the more intriguing part, as it marks LG’s differentiation from the approaches taken so far: instead of ensconcing the smartphone inside a compartment like Google Cardboard or Gear VR, the LG 360 VR is a head-mounted display in its own right, connecting to the G5 via USB-C. The phone still does all the processing, feeding data to the dual 1.88-inch, 960 x 720 displays. LG collaborated with Google in designing this and will also have support from YouTube 360 and Cardboard right away. The big selling point here is that the 360 VR weighs only 100g and LG believes “you will not look nerdy and dumb” wearing it.

Last but not list, LG unveils the LG Rolling Bot. Not just a toy, the LG Rolling Bot can be used as a monitoring system for the home, a pet care companion as well as a remote controller for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.


all images and video courtesy of LG