MO­DU­LAR MAGIC

LG G5

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

The LG G5 suc­ceeds the LG G4 in an un­ortho­dox man­ner with its mo­du­lar de­sign and metal uni­body build. With the abil­ity to ex­tend its hard­ware with mod­ules LG calls ‘Friends,' the LG G5 is a rein­ven­tion of flagship phones. The ques­tion is: does it work?

The G5's metal body is coated in a layer of primer that sits on top of its pro­pri­etary alu­minum al­loy frame, which ex­plains why the phone looks pre­mium at first glance, but feels plas­tic to the touch. The black panel sur­round­ing the G5's two rear cam­eras breaks the de­sign flow of the Home But­ton's sil­ver rims, as well as the sub­tle sil­ver Shiny Cut Edge that frames the phone's bor­ders. The phone it­self is com­fort­able to grip, with its light body and man­age­able 5.3-inch form fac­tor. The G5 fits well in the hand, be it in use or when car­ry­ing.

Fea­tures such as the Al­ways-On Dis­play, re­mov­able bat­tery, and the option to en­hance the phone with mo­du­lar at­tach­ments com­bine to make the phone feel like it's worth its weight in gold. The mo­du­lar fea­ture with its cam­era grip and DAC at­tach­ments may be one of the big­gest things to hap­pen to main­stream flagship phones, but with one ma­jor caveat – it won't be game­break­ing un­til LG de­cides to re­lease more at­tach­ments.

The one Friend we did have was the LG Cam Plus cam­era grip mo­d­ule. While the phys­i­cal con­trols are far more tac­tile than tap­ping tiny sym­bols on a phone screen, it's not as er­gonomic as a con­ven­tional com­pact cam­era. The work­able area is still too nar­row for your grip. On the plus side, the at­tach­ment be­stows a bonus 1,200mAh ca­pac­ity if you need more juice for a long day out­doors.

Within the LG G5 is a 64-bit quad-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 SoC. The pro­ces­sor is far more pow­er­ful than its pre­de­ces­sors since it has im­proved per­for­mance, im­proved LTE sup­port, and bet­ter power ef­fi­ciency. The 4GB RAM should be able to give the phone a per­for­mance boost as well. As a whole, the LG G5 feels and works like a pow­er­ful phone, and its re­al­world per­for­mance is on par with the Exynos-equipped Sam­sung Gal­axy S7.

The LG G5 has two rear cam­eras. One is a 16MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture,

The LG G5's mo­du­lar type de­sign is one of the most in­ter­est­ing fea­tures to hap­pen for smart­phones, but the idea seems ex­per­i­men­tal as of now.

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