Based on what we've heard, LG's new hero phone is shaping up to be a very competitive device! For all we know, the LG G5 will wave goodbye to plastic and proudly feature a refreshed metal design, in addition to the latest hardware and an updated user experience. There's also a strong possibility of iris scanning security coming to the smartphone. You can read more about that, and other interesting aspects of the LG G5 below.
- Design: The LG G5 will have a metal body, a first for LG since its "Shine" series of feature phones from the recent past.
- Hardware: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system chip is the one expected to power the LG G5. Iris scanning security is a legitimate possibility, as well as a moonshot "extension slot" that will be a first for smartphones.
- Display: A 5.6-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution IPS LCD panel is expected, along with a secondary "ticker" display. No Force Touch, though. The display will have an "Always-On" mode, showing data at a glance.
- Camera: Dual rear camera setup (16MP + 8MP); 8MP front cam; Laser auto-focus; Dual-LED flash;
- Release date and price: Announcement on Feb 21 at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. Price tag around $600. The LG G5 is supposed to be ready and in production as we speak.
Waving plastic goodbye, LG takes "a major step forward" in design with a full metal body.
The LG G5 (allegedly) concealed in a dummy case
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and an iris scanner are highlights in the LG G5's spec sheet.
Processor & memory
Storage-wise, the base model LG G5 will probably ship with 32GB of expandable flash memory. We aren't so sure whether LG will ship other storage size variants, or not, given that the LG G4 was only sold with 32GB of memory.
Iris scanning biometric security
hearing something like this about the Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 months before their introduction last year. Back then, it sounded straight up sci-fi, but in 2015, iris scanning is already a thing in consumer-grade electronics.
This year, Fujitsu and ZTE became the first to ship smartphones with optical security (in Japan and China, respectively), but it was really Microsoft to break it out globally with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. We are fond of how quickly and reliably the iris scanner works in the Windows 10 hero phones, so we're eager to see what LG could potentially make of it!
Curious about the technology itself and how it may work in the LG G5? Check out this article we whipped up on the topic of eye scanning security.
A 1440 x 2560 resolution IPS LCD screen with a purported size up to 5.6 inches is rumored, along with a 'ticker' display and "Always On" screen mode.With the image below, LG confirmed that the G5's display has an "Always On" mode, which will let users see incoming notifications (like missed calls, messages, or emails) without turning the entire screen on. Also visible is the LG G5's outline, which seems to correspond with leaked renders, photos, and other materials.
A 16MP + 8MP dual rear cam setup, and an 8MP front cam, along with whatever crazy new tech LG may come up with.
The LG G4 won a fair bit of praise for its competent 16MP camera that came with features such as manual mode, laser auto-focus, and color spectrum sensor. The subsequent LG V10 literally doubled down on its momentum with a dual front camera setup, designed to take the ultimate group shots. The LG G5 is expected to employ a dual camera setup — a 16MP cam + 8MP cam, according to a credible source who had access to a prototype unit. The dual camera is visible in the leaked photo below. It appears surrounded by a dual-LED flash and laser auto-focus. Meanwhile, the front camera will probably stay at 8MP.
Camera, times two.
Release date and price
A Feb 21 launch at MWC 2016 in Barcelona, price tag about $600.
The LG G5 is slated for an announcement on Feb 21 at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. Korean news outlet ETNews claims that LG is pushing to release the phone right after the announcement, and may have already started initial production of the LG G5 to fulfill timely shipments.
With regards to pricing, all the premium design materials and hardware components featured in the smartphone will probably place its price tag in the flagship smartphone segment, which is around $600.
LG's invite for the LG G5 announcement event.