LG takes wraps off flagship G5 smartphone

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Manufacturer also shows off new standalone camera, virtual reality and drone products

LG has unveiled its anticipated G5 flagship smartphone, as well as a number of other compatible devices.

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The G5 is cased in a metal body and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.The 2,800mAh battery can be removed at the bottom of the G5.

‘Always-On-Display’

It sports a 5.3-inch ‘Quad HD IPS Quantum’ touchscreen made from ‘3D Arc Glass’ and includes ‘Always-On-Display’, meaning the time and date are continuously visible, using just 0.8 per cent of the battery per hour.

The 16 megapixel rear camera has a built-in 135 degree wide angle lens, which LG said is approximately 1.7 times wider than those on existing smartphone cameras. There is also an eight megapixel front-facing camera.

Other features include the ability to capture and playback video in 4K, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by up to 2TB with a microSD card.

Standalone camera

A number of other attachable and compatible modules have also been announced alongside the G5.

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LG Cam Plus can be attached through the battery slot to provide a grip and effectively turn the handset into an standalone camera. It provides buttons for power, the shutter, record and zoom, and adds 1,200mAh to the battery.

The manufacturer has also teamed up with consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen for ‘Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY’, a portable DAC audio player that can be used either as a module with the G5 or separately by connecting to any smartphone or PC.

No release date or pricing has been released for the G5, which will come in white, gold, pink and titan, although Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Vodafone have all confirmed they will range it when it goes on sale.

Camera, VR and drone

Alongside the G5, separate camera, virtual reality and drone products were also shown off that are compatible with the new smartphone.

The LG 360 Cam is a portable camera that comes with two 13 megapixel cameras with a 200 degree wide angle lens.

It comes with 4GB of internal memory that can be expanded with a microSD card, 2K video, three microphones and a 1,200mAh battery. Content can also be uploaded to Google Street View or YouTube360.

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The LG 360 VR is a foldable virtual reality goggle that weighs 118g – just one third as heavy as competing products. The G5 doesn’t have to be clipped onto the front of this device like others, instead connected via a cable. It also provides a resolution of 639 ppi.

A drone was also unveiled – the LG Rolling Bot. This captures pictures and videos with an eight megapixel camera. It can act as a monitoring system for the home through live streaming with an IP camera connected via Wi-Fi. It can also act as a remote control for compatible home appliances.

The release dates or pricing for the products were not provided at the launch.

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