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LG G5 Adopts Metal Design, Adds Trick Battery Hatch

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Feb 21, 2016, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG today announced its flagship handset for 2016, the G5. The phone represents a re-think from LG, which has altered the design and functionality entirely from earlier G models to help set it apart from competing phones. The G5's stand-out feature is a removable hatch that opens the battery compartment and also allows modular accessories to be added to the phone, such as a camera grip. Other significant changes include a shift from plastic materials to metal, and relocating the volume buttons from the back of the phone to the side. The power button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor, remains on the rear panel. The G5 has a 5.3-inch quad HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of RAM. The main screen includes an always-on feature similar to the V10, but without a separate screen. It comes with 32 GB of storage, but supports memory cards up to 200 GB. LG bestowed the G5 with dual rear cameras. The main shooter rates 16 megapixels at f/1.8 and a normal 75-degree field of view. The second camera rates 8 megapixels and has a wider, 135-degree field of view. Both cameras are assisted by laser focus and can capture 4K video. The user-facing camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and captures full HD video. Other hardware features include a 2,800 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, WiFi, and of course LTE. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and LG toned its user interface skin way back. The LG G5 comes in four colors (silver, titanium, gold, pink) and will be sold by major U.S. carriers come April. Pricing was not revealed.

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Feb 21, 2016, 1:24 PM

Removable Battery

I'm not sure if everyone really understands the simple logic and common sense in regards to removable batteries. People can make excuses for manufacturers eliminating them and for the most part, will rely totally on the sale's pitches that manufacturers use to validate such practice. The bottom line is this:

Regardless of price or premium status, the battery is the weakest link across the board. I have contended all along that a premium device should not be rendered useless just because of a battery issue. Thanks to the industry, it has slowly groomed the consumers to "Accept" the inevitable. What this has done, is add an additional 36 billion dollars in service for handsets within the industry. Are we really this dependant on service cen...
I agree with you 100%. The G5 certainly looks like an impressive device. And they beat everyone to market with the ability to attach accessories (something we should have had a decade ago). Well done, LG.
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