LG Makes Smartphones Sort of Exciting Again With Modular G5 Launch

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Against all expectations, LG has launched its new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, ahead of MWC in Barcelona. I jest, of course. We all knew this was coming. The 5.3-inch Android handset is pretty much everything we expected it to be, featuring an always-on, QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor and -- crucially -- a metal body.

For the past couple of years, I've longed for the South Korean firm to double down on design and, at last, my wish has been granted. The G5 is a far cry from the excellent, but frustratingly-plastic, G4, and it's a damn good move. The new flagship's aluminium chassis looks lovely. We're still not convinced the G5 can go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S in the beauty stakes, but LG's definitely clawed back ground.

The major talking point, however, is the so-called 'Magic Slot'. Located at the bottom of the handset, it allows users to easily attach a range of accessories to the phone. One of these is a basically a full-on camera, and another is a hi-fi audio gadget. Through LG Friends, you can also hook up a VR headset and a a rolling bot (that's sort of like a less sexy version of BB-8).

Potential buyers will also be pleased that the battery is removable, while there's a microSD card slot and USB Type-C too. A dual-camera setup sits around the back, just above a fingerprint scanner.

EE's already confirmed that it will be up for pre-order on March 17th, though no pricing details have yet been revealed.