LG played ballsy gamble and took huge risks when it launched the LG G5 smartphone. The device features all the bells and whistles that a modern day smartphone would have as it comes equipped with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage.
Other premium features that will give other competitors a run for their money is the 5.3-inch 2560×1440 pixel resolution display, Snapdragon 820 processor, a 16MP rear facing camera that features a 135-degree wide-angle lens and is capable of taking 8MP wide angle photos. With these high-end specs, it is obvious that the Korean company put a lot of effort in the design and build of the G5.
That being said, the device comes with one feature unseen on any smartphone currently available which the company is hoping will be their “ace in the hole”.
Explore the LG G5 and one distinctive feature you will notice is its modular capability. This feature not only allows users to swap out old batteries for new ones but it also gives them the ability to upgrade certain aspects of the phone like an extended camera functionality.
Many people were skeptical about the viable real world performance of the modular feature and question the need to be able to physically add features to your smartphone’s camera when you can just use your DSLR instead.
With very few third party manufacturers willing to invest making modular accessories for G5, you would think LG is looking down an empty road for the flagship phone but the OEM was confident and went ahead to release the device along with two modular accessories (a camera module and HiFi Plus speaker accessory).
To show commitment, the G5 came with a slate of other niche accessories, some of which are not directly component expansion of the phone like a 360 VR headset, 360 CAM and a robot ball.
LG is pushing its modular idea further and wants to encourage other OEMs to create third party modular accessories for LG with plans to announce a developer conference next month.
The G5 and friends dev conference as it is being called by the Korean company will take place on the 18th of April in San Francisco US.
During the event, the company isn’t only planning on launching hardware and software development kits for interested developers but also plans to announce the launch of an online marketplace where these items can present and sell to the public.