• 5.3″ 1440×2560 pixels
  • 16MP 2160p
  • 4GB RAM Snapdragon 820
  • 2800mAh Li-Ion
  • Item condition: USED

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Someone at LG must have thought: “Leather is so last-year, let’s do something nobody has done – or long quit trying.” And here we have the LG G5. It has the looks of a brand new flagship, the heart of a dragon and an adventurous dual camera setup suited for every occasion. But there’s more than what meets the eye, the Magic Slot. The LG G5 is a modular smartphone, which lets you plug a handful of external add-ons: a semi-pro camera grip with shutter buttons and a bigger battery, or an external sound amplifier by B&O.

How long since you last saw the inside of your phone? It seems like while everyone was busy experimenting with designs and mixing up various alloys, there was something unusual cooking in the LG labs.

Brand new or just well forgotten old, innovating for its own sake or trying to defy the impossible, the modular design won’t let you upgrade the processor or the camera, but it certainly offers plenty of options. The add-ons will mostly be sold separately but initial prices don’t seem too bad. You might even get a bonus camera grip – LG will throw one in the bundle in select markets. Who knows, we might see the return of the xenon flash or some smart docking solutions along the lines of Microsoft’s Continuum.

What you do get right out of the box is the base equipment and in the case of the G5, it’s anything but modest. Perhaps the star of the show is the camera combo. The 16MP camera borrowed from the LG V10 does top-notch stills, and the secondary 8MP sensor offers unmatched super wide shots while adding a hybrid zoom of sorts to the package.

Now, the first thing that got scrapped right at the drawing board must’ve been water proofing. If it ever was on the cards to begin with – after all, LG isn’t known for water-tight flagships, is it? Anyway, the Magic Slot pushed it off the agenda altogether.

As for the Magic Slot itself, what good it is to you depends on how much you’re willing to spend on add-ons. Even if it’s only for the access to the battery, it’s good enough by our books. Yet, we can see how some users may be alienated by the idea of detachable bits exposing the innards. Habit is a big thing and the industry has gone a long way now in exactly the opposite direction.

The metal chassis, on the other hand, stands in the way of wireless charging – but probably hasn’t ruled it out entirely. It may as well be another use of the Magic Slot down the road.

The LG G5 has lost its signature rear volume keys, which is easily explained by the already busy rear panel. Thankfully, the fingerprint scanner/power key is still around, right below the camera module.

Care to learn more? Our detailed hardware overview kicks off right after the break.

LAUNCH Announced 2016, February
Status Available. Released 2016, April
BODY Dimensions 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm (5.88 x 2.91 x 0.30 in)
Weight 159 g (5.61 oz)
Build Aluminum body
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.3 inches, 77.4 cm2 (~70.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~554 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 (14 nm)
CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal 32 GB, 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Dual 16 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.6″, laser AF, 3-axis OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, 9mm, 1/3.6″, no AF
Features LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12µm
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 20 h (3G)
MISC Colors Silver, Titan, Gold, Pink
SAR EU 0.52 W/kg (head)     1.24 W/kg (body)
Price About 300 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2425 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2314
Basemark X: 27577
Display Contrast ratio: 1855:1 (nominal), 2.905 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 73dB
Audio quality Noise -92.6dB / Crosstalk -93.3dB
Battery life

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