"The upcoming G5 from LG is one of the biggies slated to launch at MWC, and here's what you can expect from it"
Amidst the intense excitement that surrounds the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, everyone is gearing up to witness one of the most awaited launches of the entire year. Amongst those launches would be the latest and greatest from LG, the G5, which is eagerly anticipated. The Korean brand has had a tough time keeping its excitement in check as it has already announced its mid-range offerings – the X Cam, X Screen and Stylus 2, which would be officially showcased at MWC.
But don’t worry, if you want to know what the LG G5 might offer, then we bring you all the latest rumours and news about the next-gen upcoming flagship from LG.
With the introduction of a leather back, LG's G4 spiced up the competition last year at least in terms of design. This year though, it is anticipated that the company would focus on a more streamlined approach as far as design aesthetics are concerned and could offer a more compact metal build. Moreover, as the popularity for unibody metal smartphones is quite evergreen, it might be a safer option for LG to offer.
According to popular leaker Evan Blass (or @evleaks), the LG G5 would reportedly feature a 5.3-inch LCD display with QHD resolution. While this is certainly a bit smaller than the G4’s 5.5-inch display, rumours have it that LG would throw in an “always-on” display, just like it did with the V10 handset. This is speculated to offer tons of functionality to the user including information and notifications at a quick glance. It’ll be LG’s answer to the curved screen found on various Samsung smartphones launched over the past year.
While LG got away without a fingerprint scanner in the G4, replicating the same feat this year might prove to be rather difficult. A flagship smartphone without a fingerprint scanner in 2016 seems quite unimaginable. Thankfully, the LG G5 would allegedly sport a fingerprint scanner integrated in its power button at the back. There’s another rumour doing the rounds that LG might introduce an iris scanner in the G5, though we’d keep our thoughts reserved on this one.
The LG G5 would purportedly be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor, just like other major flagships that are due to be launched soon. Some leaked benchmarks have highlighted the prowess that the 820 chip packs inside and have so far been excellent, to say the least. Gaming should also see a bump in performance with the new Adreno 530 GPU taking care of the graphics department.
The LG G5 seems like a feature-packed device already. But to add to this, it is expected that the G5 would be housing a dual camera set up on the back, quite similar to the one found on the V10. This would lead to quicker focus, wider capture areas, and some interesting software tricks. It is rumoured to use a 16MP sensor in the rear. The front camera will allegedly sport an 8MP shooter to capture better selfies and groupfies.
The LG G5 is expected to ship with 32GB of onboard storage with an option to expand it further with the help of a microSD card. Surprisingly, preliminary leaks show that the smartphone would still come with 3GB RAM, which is not less in any way, but falls a little short with what the other flagships are expected to ship with.
With the focus on making the handset more compact and easy to handle, the battery capacity could see a hit. It is expected that the device could be equipped with a 2,800mAh battery as compared to the 3,000mAh battery of its predecessor. This loss, however, could be negated with the combination of a smaller screen, efficient processor and battery saving features of the operating system. Fast charging is expected to see a return as well, with the introduction of wireless charging this time. The device might also sport an USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers.
On the software side of things, the LG G5 will be seen running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the next iteration of the company’s own UI on top. The rumours point out that the UI would be less heavy in terms of bloatware. Moreover, according to the invites and news by the company, the phone would feature an “Always-on” display to differentiate it from the competition.
LG will be giving Samsung a run for its money as it plans to launch the G5 on February 21st, the same day as the Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy S7. We’ll have to wait and see which device comes on top. But with not many days left for the launch to take place, we have our fingers crossed to see some exciting new features introduced by LG.