LG has always released its flagships after Samsung and other major brands which has affected the purchases. This year, it is not given that LG will either do as it has in the recent past or if it will release the LG G5 earlier than other competing power houses. The release date however, is rumored to be within the first six months of 2016 with the announcement rumored to be in February, noting that LG has announced an event one day before the MWC.
Specifications, Design and Function
The phone is expected to be an all metal unibody. This is the first time LG is using the all metal approach. The furthest LG has come to incorporating a metal design on their phones is the use of a metal casing. The 2K display is expected to be 5.5 inches which is quite sizeable although the resolution is expected to be the same, at 1440 by 2560 pixels.
The LG G5 is said to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 32 GB storage.
The primary camera is rumored to be 20 MP. The rear camera may have two LED flash bulbs and an autofocus that is laser-assisted. In addition to this, it is also rumored that LG G5 will use a dual camera that takes wide angle photos. The front camera is expected to be 8 MP. It is hoped that the front camera will be able to take high quality photos in high and low light environments, solving a problem that has been noted in other high end smart phones from different manufacturers. The LG G5 is expected to have a finger print scanner under the camera. LG had hinted at using retina scanning technology in their new models in order to distinguish it from Samsung and Apple phones. Retinal scanning may be used for functions such as authenticating mobile payments and other sensitive phone transactions. The camera is one of the best features of LG phones so it will not disappoint.
The phone is unlikely to have a removable battery or micro SD support. This is then contradicted by the rumor that the phone may have a SIM-car-like tray where one places the battery and slides it in, making the battery accessible through the all-metal frame. Rumor has it that the battery will reduce from 3000 mAh to 2800 mAh although it is not yet clear what such a change would mean for the processor and functioning of the phone. In addition, the LG G5 is rumored to have a magic slot which will give the user access to other hardware options such as a physical keyboard and sound amplifiers.
For those waiting for this flagship, February is around the corner and we can only hope that LG will announce the phone and shed light on what exactly will be on the LG G5. Release dates and pricing will also be available at the announcement. Hopefully LG will give users something to look forward to, especially because Samsung and Apple usually announce and release their flagships around the same time.