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LG G5 modules: taking a closer look

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LG G5 modules: taking a closer look

The LG G5 is here and it offers a very unique feature among current smartphones – modular design. Basically, the smartphone's bottom bezel can be unlatched and replaced by a choice of (at least for now) two alternate modules, which expand the user experience on some way.

CAM Plus

CAM Plus

Hi-Fi Plus

Hi-Fi Plus

The first module is the CAM Plus. It is a bulky piece of hardware, which makes it easier for the user to handle the phone while shooting, and also houses an extra 1,200 mAh battery. On the sides of the module, we have analog controllers for the camera – a circular zoom jog for precise zooming, a 2-step shutter key, and a separate button for video recording.

The second one is athe LG Hi-Fi Plus, developed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen. It offers 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC upsampling, which was previously available on the LG V10 high-class phablet. The Hi-Fi Plus also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback to keep audiophiles smiling. The module also doubles as a Hi-Fi DAC, which can be connected to PCs or other smartphones as well, for that extra usability.

The way the modules work is pretty straightforward. First, you unlatch the bottom bezel of the phone and pull it out. It comes out with the battery attached to it, so yes, you have to do this with the phone off. Then, remove the battery from the stock module and attach it to whichever one you will be using. Re-insert the new module and you are good to go.

Of course, if you do this often, it would probably make sense to invest in an extra battery, which you can keep on your alternate module at all times to shorten switch times.

So far, we've been led to believe that there will be extra modules available down the road, but as of yet, we have no idea what they will be or when they will launch. There's also no word on pricing for the CAM Plus and Hi-FI Plus.

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:22 7

1. Djz89 (Posts: 271; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Ugly design , but hey it is probably a awesome phone.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:24 11

2. Doctorluv (Posts: 42; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


I love the modules, nice move LG... But SGS7 will kick some serious ass...!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:24 3

3. yecruzsulla (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Nov 2015)


nice feature... well done LG
one step foward to full modular smartphone

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:28 5

4. Anonymuse (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


Ugly,ugly

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:29 3

5. Mube007 (Posts: 235; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


at part from the back view its awesome piece of engineering

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:39

6. GMS85 (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Let's see what the HTC m9 AKA perfume or whatever the name is has to offer and then I'll decide. As long the audio quality is dope I'll consider it.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:45

7. Zack_2014 (Posts: 374; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Outro way too loud

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:49

8. AZNHA (unregistered)


this is the real innovative

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:53

9. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Thumbs down...sorry LG

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 07:57

10. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Thumbs down...sorry LG

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 08:03

11. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


Cool...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 08:18

12. salah_xz1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Feb 2015)


very ugly design

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 08:45

14. jeroome86 (Posts: 849; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Just make your next V10 carry over rear buttons. Know a lot of people love that design. Don't need 2 high end phones nearly the same.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 09:53

15. cnour (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Oh my god!!!! I need to move with all these accessories. No thanks

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:12 1

16. Furbal (Posts: 921; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


They should have made it hot swappable, build a small 100mah internal battery to keep things running...

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 05:55

17. FeRDNYC (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


I get the camera module, but the point of the audio module is less clear to me. It contains a speaker, which based on the size is still going to be phone-crappy. And there's a second output jack, but no mention of an ADC or inputs, so it's clearly not for audio recording, only playback. And unless I'm missing something, that playback is still going to be analog stereo only?

Seems like they could've done more with that by including a digital audio out, or an ADC and input jacks to turn the phone into a capable field recorder.

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