Curious how smartphones can evolve past the touchscreen communications devices that they already are? So is LG, and rather than just build another of the same thing, it’s trying something different.
This year, the flagship phone coming from LG will be a little more than just a variation on the same old thing, with a revamp of what we think the phone is.
We take our phones everywhere, and they have become our music players, our cameras, and our movie player, but in LG’s 2016 flagship, it wants to evolve as many of these areas as it can without moving far from the initial concept: the phone.
To do that, it has had to come up with a phone that is modular. If that sounds a little far fetched or even strange, LG’s take on modularity isn’t to make every part replaceable in the way Google has been doing with Project Ara, but rather to make the bottom modular, with accessories able to plug right into the very core of the phone and turn LG’s smartphone into something else.
For instance, let’s say you want to turn the LG G5 into a high-res music player with a digital amplifier. You’ll be able to play high-res music files on the device itself already, but if you want to pump up the volume and throw in a small amplifier, LG has teamed up with Bang & Olufsen to do just that with a modular digital-to-analogue converter which also supports up to 32-bit 384kHz audio.
To make the phone adopt this technology, you simply press a button to release the battery in the G5 phone and plug the new module in.
If you want to have a better grip on your phone when using it as a camera, another module — LG’s Cam Plus — will bring a little extra battery power and buttons for the shutter, zoom, and exposure lock to the smartphone.
And if you just want to replace the battery, the removable battery means the G5 can be powered up in a jiffy with a new battery.
“The LG G5 ecosystem is the result of many LG experts asking themselves if it was still possible to be innovative and unique in the smartphone space,” said Gino Casha, General Manager of Mobile Communications at LG Australia.
“I think once customers spend a little time with the LG G5, the answer will be a resounding yes.”
Outside of the modularity, you’ll find a pretty high end smartphone here, with many of the features from LG’s previous generations carried over and improved, such as the 5.3 inch Quad HD 2560×1440, which has evolved from both the G3 and G4 to use the high-end pixel busting displays to now include the “Always On” feature hinted from before MWC.
From what we understand, this is essentially a part of the screen that always stays on — like a second screen that only serves small pieces of information when requested — which LG says will only use 0.8 percent your battery’s power every hour.