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Design is also very different from other phones, and that’s because LG has crafted a modular phone.

Along the left edge, you’ll find a button that — when pressed — allows the bottom of the phone to drop out and be replaced with other sections.

That means the design of the LG G5 isn’t totally set in stone, so while it’s a nice and simple looking device out of the box, if you throw in a different accessory, that nice and simple design can change.

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Screen

Before we get stuck into the ways the design can change, though, we feel obligated to touch upon the screen.

Seriously, if there’s one thing LG knows, it’s screens. In the past few years, the company has really proved that it has what it takes to lead this category, releasing some impressive Ultra HD panels in its TVs, the world’s biggest supply of OLED TV panels, and making the first Quad HD screen for a mobile phone.

And in the G5, we’re getting a third generation Quad HD screen, providing a 2560×1440 panel and a pixel clarity of 554 pixels per inch, meaning razor sharp details. Good luck peeping pixels here, people.

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As expected, brightness is pretty top notch here, with excellent viewing angles from all sides, though the G5 doesn’t quite have the same sense of dynamism we’ve seen on competing handsets.

There’s no doubting that it’s a pretty screen, and definitely very easy on the eyes, but it doesn’t quite take on the competition as much as LG might think.

Performance

Aside for a new screen, there’s also a new processor under the hood, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 here, a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz that despite having only four cores, handles itself in early tests far better than other processors with more cores used last year.

The reliance on that chip isn’t new to the industry, and LG is following a theme. HTC used it this year, and Samsung also did for its overseas Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models, though Australia received the Samsung-made Exynos processor for its S7 phones.

That makes the G5 the second phone in Australia officially to arrive with the Snapdragon 820 chip, a processor that can certainly handle its own, especially when paired with the right components.

Fortunately for LG, that is exactly what the company has done, bringing in 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, a combination that from what we’ve seen in the past tends to work well.