Official: LG G5 coming to the US in early April with free spare battery and charging cradle

Earlier today, LG formally announced that the new LG G5 flagship will be launched in the US at some point in early April.

Although LG still doesn't specify a price or a specific release date for the handset, the company assured us that its forward-thinking modular smartphone will be available from all major carriers and retailers in the US. The official press release mentions buying spots such as AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.

LG also announced that that those who order the LG G5 at launch will also receive an extra battery and a charging cradle for free with their purchase. Deja vu alert: when it launched the G4 in the US last year, the manufacturer included a free removable battery and a microSD card. Not that anyone will mind, though.

Unfortunately, there's reason to believe that not all of the LG G5 Friends accessories will be available at launch. Based on the wording of the official press release and the image choices within it, it looks like only the VR headset, the Camera Plus, and the 360-degree camera will be available at launch. The external high-fidelity Digital Audio Chip that LG designed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen and the Rolling Bot might follow later in the year.

The carriers are likely to follow up on this announcement by launching LG G5 pre-orders, and we'll be here to let you know when this happens. In the meantime, make sure to check out our LG G5 hands-on for a closer look at LG's unique modular smartphone.

source: LG

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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. Shocky unregistered

No 64GB version, no sale.

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

No it's ok. I will buy 32gb and will put 64gb card in it.

7. Shocky unregistered

Can't use that for apps.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You can on the s7, most of the big apps can be used just on the sd cards like games and so on, why Spotify can not be installed, on sd card, all the download music data can be So can all the big games, only the included apps in most cases can not be moved over as they part of the rom

13. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I went from an s6 edge plus with 64g. To a s7 edge with 32gb and a pro+ 64gb card from ssmsung, and was thinking I was going to have problems, no problems at all and I got way more space and images load without any loading times, after the sd card as been added to the phone, it's all very cool, over when I did this on my s5 back in the day, all apps also run without slow down when just running from the sd card I have no idea if this is because of the card speed I am using or Samsung new ram system being used in the sd card to speed it up

24. Shocky unregistered

It's very rare to find applications that support it and apps to sd fails with most larger applications so it's pretty useless, not sure Google have updated it. Seems to be a lot of people who don't understand how this works.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I want to know how much LG's VR will cost. Especially since this G5 has USB-C.

10. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Going by the battery damage of the sd820 you going to need that 2nd battery over the day, the included main one is just to small

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

But will it do the full game data transfer of date to sd cards like the s7 I.e. Unlike the s5 where only limited data transferred over, the s7 transfer all of it, like mk10 over 1gb transferred over within sec's

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Rogers in Canada has the G5 listed at $799, putting it about $100 cheaper than the S7 and $200 cheaper than the S7 edge.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No 128GB version ,no sale.

15. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

No 128 terrabyte version, no sale for others.

4. fyah_king unregistered

No 256gb= no sale!

6. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

yes, you are right. Most ppl doesn't need 256gb. So less chances of selling 256gb model.

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

256gb = 32GB 1Byte (B) = 8bit (b)

23. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

wow, thats a very knowledgeable comment. No one knew it before. well done.

16. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I don't really care for the home button on the back (and a touch one on front), but will overlook that for the bundled spare battery and dedicated charger. NOW JUST RELEASE IT ALREADY!!!!!

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Can't wait for this to drop. I'll be getting mine on launch day.

21. fyah_king unregistered

Plus, they are kinda late releasing this. I just got s7 edge on bogo.:)

22. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 2012


25. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

One of the beautiful aspects of removable batteries is being able to swap them out every month to give one a rest from the heavy use and repeated charging of today's smartphones. Make sure they are swapped out and stored at around a 50% charge. This will ensure far better longevity. With insurance going up, this will help curb the need for unnecessary trips to the service centers and needless claims for deductibles. John B.

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