LG G5 pre-orders open on March 18 in the US (at Best Buy)

LG G5 pre-orders open on March 18 in the US (at Best Buy)
While LG and Samsung announced their new flagship smartphones (G5 and Galaxy S7) on the same day, the devices won't hit the market at the same time. The Galaxy S7 will be released on March 11 (with pre-orders available starting today), while the G5 should be launched sometime in April. What about pre-ordering the G5? Well, Best Buy just revealed that we'll be able to pre-order the new handset in the US starting March 18 - that's one week after Samsung releases the Galaxy S7 series.

As a reminder, all major US mobile carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) already confirmed that they'd offer the LG G5. We assume that they'll start taking pre-orders at about the same time as Best Buy. LG didn't say how much the G5 will cost, but we expect it to have a price similar to that of last year's G4: around $600 off contract.

The G5 is made out of metal, and is LG's first modular smartphone - its bottom can be detached, allowing users to change the battery, or attach a module that makes the handset better at taking photos, or listening to music. The smartphone runs Android Marshmallow, and is powered by Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 820 processor. Make sure to check out our LG G5 hands-on for a closer look at the device.

source: Best Buy via Droid-life

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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)



1. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Why so late ....:(

3. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

How is this late? It's going to be a little over a month after unveiling. And only 20 or so days after the S7 release date. These are pretty standard timetables, no?

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The problem is that LG is already fighting an uphill battle. Coming in that much later gives everyone on the fence between the two devices plenty of time to just pick up the S7.

14. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Anyone with a brain will wait for the G5. Only an idiot buys a glass phone without a removable battery.

20. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's fine that you feel that way, but it doesn't change the fact that the S7 is going to massively outsell the G5, and showing up this much later to the party isn't going to help them. Instead of fighting on a level playing field, they are giving the opening shot to Samsung.

8. av911 unregistered

Waiting for a month isn't late? "ONLY" 20 days after S7? As much as I hate to praise Apple, it takes them a week for the phone to get to your doorstep.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That delay killed the s6 edge sales, I.e. They was all delayed by that type of time, it does big time damage And Samsung got unlimited stock (They got loads of stock anyways) The basic customer as no idea about the G5, Samsung doing ads all over the tv in the uk, I be thinking the same in the usa

9. Artio

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Unfortunately it's just going to miss the mark for me. My wife recently broke her phone, so she'll be inheriting my S6 Edge - I was looking forward to the G5 and assuming a sooner release date after MWC, but I need to have another phone before I leave for Europe again the first week of April - S7 it is I suppose. I know it's only one sale, but I can't be the only one that either NEEDS a phone sooner or is impatient.

17. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

You and your wife can at least share the VR it works for both .... bonus no.

4. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Remember that LG had to design this phone from the ground up. With it's modular design and all it shares nothing in common with last years G4. The Galaxy s7 is more like a good upgrade from last year and maybe would've required less R&D time IMO.

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahhahah, I think you find it as taken Samsung longer to redesign the edges of the edge, the phone is now better for Erica girl of YouTube, who did not like it last year, the glass is now way better, Also the had to make it ip68 And also I be thinking they did more r and d on there cam than all of lg design and battery remove, Samsung did that with the he wave 3 mate

13. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How about a RELEASE date ???

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

As if LG weren't fighting an uphill battle already... Ouch. Samsung is clearly better understanding how to unveil and push a product.

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

So they should either release a unfinished product or miss the biggest show for mobile devices? Or do you think they slacked to not be ready with it on purpose?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No, they should time their production better so that they aren't in a situation where Samsung announces their product at the same time, gets it to market a whole lot faster, and likely sees additional sales because of it.

16. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

So you think they slacked for the fun of it? They aimed for a MWC announcement, and obviously they want it out in stores as soon as possible, thinking anything else is just dumb.

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No, I think that their production process isn't as streamlined as what Samsung has and they are going to suffer for it. I think that if they had focused on getting to market sooner they wouldn't be in this position.

21. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I would hate to have you as my boss.

23. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think you misunderstand, I don't have a horse in this race. I have no intention of getting either device. My point is simply that LG is going to lose quite a few sales simply because they are getting to market late. I don't *care* that they do, but when you are competing against a juggernaut like Samsung, mistakes like this one hurt.

26. Gamod

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

I believe that we would have LG G5 sooner if the phone would look the same as LG G4... like the S7 is baiscally a S6. LG doesnt have the same amounts of $ to blow up in marketing, they need to study the market reaction, and after set the number of units to avoid losing money... S7 is S6, and ofc samsung is trying to increase the profit with this...The VR headset was already released for S6, you could evertyhing you get now 1 year ago. Same strategy with apple. 2-2years, same phones, minimal upgrades.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They also have loads of stock, unlike last year, that delay cost them big time with the edge sales and will also cost lg Also way to close to Apple event ,

10. Artio

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

If it's unfinished, how did they have working models at MWC? Don't give me anything about LG not being able to produce them quickly enough, they are one of the largest tech manufacturers in the world.

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Finalize software, start mass production, build up storage, distribute to stores. Just because you have some samples for test doesn't mean it's ready. Even S7 is taking almost 3 weeks after announcement to be ready for customers.

11. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

They could have missed MWC since the G5 was the first G-Series phone to be announced there. By announcing the G5 on MWC, they have to compete against Samsung for attention and sales. IMO the G5 should have been announced on April/May like the G4/G3 which has worked for them.

15. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

And they got the attention, no article can mention S7 without mentioning G5. Giving up the attention, PR and missing an event by a few weeks would suck waaaay harder.

25. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

At stores, the S7 is much more likely to have a bigger area than the G5. It will also have much more advertisements. And the average customer tends to go with Samsung phones just because they are Samsung, just like they buy Apple phones just for the logo. LG really should have waited until the S7 excitement cooled off.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That new 4" iPhone will be out by then , not good

12. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Agreed with people saying this is a HUGE failure on LG's part. I mean, strictly from a business standpoint, they are putting themselves SO far behind Samsung. No doubt they will lose a massive amount of sales from people on the fence. That coupled with the fact that every single comparison I've seen of the camera.... the S7 blows away the G5. The difference is night and day. If you can't see it....you are not thinking clearly. Or seeing clearly, I should say. I've seen several of the initial hands-on reviewers say that hopefully LG will have a fix for the camera via a firmware update etc. And when that needs to be said about a brand spanking new phone and camera tech.... that aint good my friends. Reminds me of HTC and the the Ultrapixel camera when it first came out. Reviewers said the same thing on day one of the unveiling.... "a software update should help". We all know how that went. I could care less which phone/brand I get next.... I just want the best hardware/software/camera combo I can get. S7 wins that prize for me. Zero doubt.

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Be interesting to see how this sells. Think LG lost some ground with the hardware issues that plague the G4 and G3. But those phones had nice design. Just needed some premium build. This has people devided with its strange looks. Smaller screen and battery too. Releasing later then Samsung won't help none either.

24. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

"Who will be getting this UGLY phone"? If LG kept the same design of the G4, and just slightly made few reshapines, like the Sony Z3 to Z3+ to Z5. Then I would've traded my G4 for this G5 with S820.

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