LG have finally announced their new LG G5 at MWC this year, and it is probably the most exciting mainstream Android phone is years.

They haven’t gone completely wacky, so you will find some high end features and excellent build quality as you would expect from a flagship phone. This includes a Snapdragon 820 SOC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 2800mAh battery, and 32GB of storage.

There's no wireless charging on offer, but you do get Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C.

The first interesting choice is using a slightly smaller screen than the ever expanding norm, it has a 5.3-inch display with 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, 554ppi. It's a IPS LCD panel, which LG says is important for the Always-on feature that the G5 offers. This will give you information on the display without you having to wake it up.

Next up is the dual sensor camera including an 8-megapixel camera sensor on one side of the LED flash and a 16-megapixel sensor on the other.

Here where things start to get a little unusual. LG have thankfully left the battery as removable, there is tiny button on the G5's edge and the bottom and the battery easily separates from the phone. However, this is not its only function, LG allows additional modules to be installed there is a LG Hi-Fi Plus DAC module, co-designed by Bang and Olufsen. Also if you prefer a little extra control over those cameras, there's the Cam Plus, a chunky grip with a two-stage shutter button, a 4,000mAh battery and a jog dial for precision zooming.

Initial impressions have been that the design and build quality have been excellent and we hope that the G5 can be a real contender for the best smartphone (and bestselling) this year.

 

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