Some friends; LG G5's hi-fi sound module will not be sold in the US, Canada, Korea or Puerto Rico (Updated)

Some friends; LG G5's hi-fi sound module will not be sold in the US, Canada, Korea or Puerto Rico (Updated)
UPDATE: We asked LG for comment on the matter, and this is the response we just received: "The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play is not yet confirmed for the US, Canada or Puerto Rico. It is, however, selling in Korea, just not the same version that will be available elsewhere." 

LG has made a big deal about the modular design of the LG G5. Want to turn your phone into a digital point and shoot camera with a photographer's grip and 1200mAh of additional battery power? Simply insert the appropriate yellow card with the camera module, and it is all done. Other so-called "Friends," include a wireless headset, a VR headset, the LG 360 degree camera (known quite fittingly as the LG 360 CAM) and the B&O Hi-Fi audio module that increases the quality of music and other sounds coming from the LG G5.

What? You say that you can't find the B&O module on the LG Friends website? Just look harder. After all, it was posted there just yesterday. You still can't find it? Time to let you in on a little secret. This "Friend" won't be sold in the U.S., Canada, Korea or Puerto Rico. Any reference to it on the LG Friends website in the affected countries has been removed. LG hasn't given an explanation for its decision, although we can assume that it has something to do with the company not having enough supply of the module to cover expected sales in the U.S., Canada, Korea and Puerto Rico.

If this is a simple problem with supply and demand, there is still hope that LG will be able to get enough inventory built to offer the audio module to LG G5 users some time later this year.

source: LG via AndroidAuthority

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Posts: 657; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

And so the last remaining reason to buy the G5 is reason no more... Oh well, its solace enough that at least ViperFX can be used on the G3, I can't say as much for the G5.

27. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Why do you need competition when you are your own worst enemy... Should have run those demand and supply numbers twice...

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 2021; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The modules cost too much. Only true die hard LG fans will buy one. Casual users will not purchase them, unless they are deeply discounted.

23. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

add to the list middle-east because you cant buy it anywhere not even online

22. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Ah! Life's sweet in Australia!

19. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Losers LG’s mobile is getting its Third Consecutive Losing Quarter !!!

16. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Why do these idiotic manufacturers continue to shoot themselves in the feet with decisions like this!?! It makes no sense whatsoever to not launch the audio module in the US! Do they want to NOT make money?

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

lg should not make if you dont have enough dough.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

BTW phonearena please do something about your mobile website...the ads, the lag...omg

7. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Use a browser with a ad blocker

8. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Using Samsung's web browser with ad blocker, never seen one ad since then, and pages load much faster

21. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Lightning browser is even better with default adblock that block just anything, light, fast and with real black background mode, no add on needed.

25. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Will try it. Thanks for the tip

17. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Samsung web browser with ad block, like the user above said. It works great.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

their ads getting crazier now, lol.. my uBlock say its blocking 31 ads.. up from 20something last year.. lol

5. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Epic. Fail. LG. Nuff. Said.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Big fail by LG...doesn't even sell on home turf? A reason why I'll forgo being interested in the G5...g2 is still LGs best device.

14. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I thought the V10 was by far the best. Idk why it got low scores on PA.

15. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It got like a 7 right? IMA tell you why: bias

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

*battery That's better

1. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Well isnt that fantastic. The Verge already said it was not optimistic about the future of the concept when LG was launching only two modules. Whaddya know, turns out the G5 will launch with ONE module.

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Maybe they realized, "why would we sell a high quality DAC on a country that loves Beats headphones?" LOL jk, bad move by LG.

13. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Apple... Announce a phone, is available to purchase a week later from multiple vendors, phones does what is advertised. Being a good or bad phone is subjective but there was is no bulls**t involved. A phone that works with all the features that THE MAJORITY need in a smartphone. Pretty much each iPhone is the same and you know youll be getting updates for the life of the phone, apples stores everywhere for warranty purposes. Android (Non Nexus)... Annouce phone, available to purchase 2-3 months later from random vendors, you don't get what is advertised, phone comes with random features depending on where you are, bloatware, you may or may not get un an OS update, once the upgraded model comes out 6 months later they don't give you the latest OS as in the new model, no stores for warranty, you have to talk to a call centre tohave to send the phone away. I am a disappointed LG G4 user. I will not get another LG phone. Was a Xperia Z1c user before that. Looks like Nexus or iPhone all the way for my next phones.

24. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yet they are so proud with their modular phone that apparently has one modular avail for purchase LOLOLOL

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