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LG G5 launches globally on March 31, Best Buy offers and carrier pre-orders revealed as well

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LG G5 launches globally on March 31, Best Buy offers and carrier pre-orders revealed as well

Little over a week ago, we reported that LG is about to launch its new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, in the United States sometime in early April. It's also coming to Canada on April 8. We couldn't specify the exact date, though, because LG kept it under wraps – until now. Today, LG confirmed global sales of the G5 will commence March 31.

Additionally, LG announced prices for two of the LG G5's "Friends" accessories. However, the original information is in Korean, which means these prices are approximate and will be rounded and turned in different currencies for the rest of the world. Anyway, the Cam Plus attachment, which adds a camera grip with photo capture & zoom buttons, will cost about $85. Meanwhile, audiophiles can turn the LG G5 into a great sounding music player with Bang & Olufsen's Hi-Fi DAC accessory. This one is priced in the ballpark of $162.

The $800 unlocked price seems a little steep.

Also, an insider at Best Buy revealed pre-order details for the LG G5 in North America. If the seemingly credible leak is to be trusted, then the smartphone will be up for grabs starting on the 18th for Sprint and AT&T, and the 24th for Verizon. The official release will happen on the 1st of April. Best Buy's unlocked price for the LG G5 is also shown. At $799.99, it matches the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and is about $95 more expensive than the lowest-priced unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 on Amazon. To entice users, both LG and Best Buy will be throwing in a free extra battery, an external battery charger, and a micro-USB to USB Type C adapter so your old USB cords will work with the LG G5.

So, anyone around here grabbing an LG G5? The modular smartphone is certainly innovative, and in our hands-on time with it, the device's been nothing but all-around solid. However, the competition from Samsung is very strong this year, and HTC and Apple are introducing new devices in the coming weeks as well. It seems like a sure bet that the LG G5 won't be having it easy!

Best Buy's LG G5 offers as pictured by Reddit user 'BlueShirted'

Best Buy's LG G5 offers as pictured by Reddit user 'BlueShirted'

source: Korea Herald , Mobillissimo.ro (Translated) , Reddit

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posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:19 3

2. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

That's not good. I was expecting a cheaper price.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:21 2

4. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)

It will definitely become cheaper after two quaters.
Just as how the G4 was.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:36

6. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

I hope so...

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:30

5. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)

Everyone looks at LG as a cheaper brand than Samsung so is a really bad idea to try selling for more than the S7.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 06:01 1

8. demi9od (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Oct 2015)

Whelp, another 6 months with my HTC M8 then. Flagship launch prices still absurd when Nexus and Moto will be $300 less at launch in the fall.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 06:37

9. alexp999 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)

In the UK, the SGS7 (not edge) is about £100 MORE than the G5.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 07:37

10. gersont1000 (Posts: 463; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

This is way overpriced. First of all, it should in no way cost more than the S7. Second, even the S7 is overpriced, but at least they are giving away the Gear VR, a game bundle, and a year of Netflix (TMobile customers). If they weren't giving that away, I would've never got the S7 edge. I know that they are giving away a battery and battery charger, but you can get those real cheap on Amazon. Third, the "friends" modules are pretty expensive so you're gonna spend close to $1,000 with the cheapest friend module and phone after taxes.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 08:06

11. keithtae (Posts: 542; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)

Im happy for those lg fans, since they are getting this ugly thing for this price while I can get and s7 edge aka the almost perfect phone and better than the G5 in everyway. Good luck to my dearest lg fans!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 08:15 1

12. theguyinbox (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)

I may be mistaken, but I believe best buy has a history of jacking up the full retail price on devices.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 08:49

15. kevv2288 (Posts: 161; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)

You are correct. Everyone else is complaining about it but this is best buys unactivated price not the carrier's or amazons price. I guarantee it will not be $800 on an installment plan or thru carriers full retail price

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 09:00

16. kevv2288 (Posts: 161; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)

It's up for pre order on bestbuy.com I checked the sprint version is $24 a month on a 24month installment plan so that would be $576 total. Phonearena jumping the gun like usual saying it's $800 lol

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 09:05

17. kevv2288 (Posts: 161; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)

$689 on AT&T

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 08:30

13. coldbrew (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2016)

I do not understand why the modules are so expensive. I might as well invest in a nice bluetooth speaker instead of paying for that speaker. Yes the camera mod is nice, but truthfully big and bulky. Where they have it all wrong is you have to shut down the phone just to change a module wouldn't it have been easier to do what a camera does and just have a stop on the battery so I could just swap out the mod. (Not to mention there isn't a case that will fit with either mod). I am not disappointed in the LG G5 as a phone it is innovative and actually something new (Unlike the S7), but they took to long to long now days you don't introduce a product without a release date you lose attention and people start to look around. And I know this has been mentioned multiple times, but the volume buttons on the back were a signature and was important to many. The people that wanted the rocker on the side are not LG fans. I have had the G2, G3, G4, and V10 decided to give the S7 a try considering I feel like I got more bang for my buck. I will probably give the LG G5 a try in June and watch as they become desperate to give stuff away or maybe even the HTC phone.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 08:30

14. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

2 year contracts are better lol

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 14:12

19. canner (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)

lol keep telling yourself that mrmark!

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