LG has officially unveiled its 2016 flagship smartphone, the G5, in South Africa.
Going for R11,800 (equivalent to about Kshs 80,000), the LG G5 starts selling on April 15th.
The G5 boasts of a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, a 16-megapixel camera (8 MP selfie), 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), a Snapdragon 820 processor and a 2,800mAh battery. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has an Always-on display.
The G5 sets itself apart from the rest of the 2016 smartphones by way of its modular component and the various accessories that LG has made available for it. The accessories which LG calls Friends, take advantage of a core feature of the smartphone: its modular, detachable lower back. The ‘Magic Slot’, as it is called, allows users to remove the battery and swap it, something not possible on competing devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S7. It also allows users to explore and use a wide range of accessories ranging from a Hi-Fi music module from famous audio product maker Bang & Olufsen to photography-centred accessories like the LG Cam Plus.
Many a time, a South African launch of any device that does not act as a continental launch usually means that we are not far from a local launch. According to sources, LG may finally bring the G5 to the Kenyan market a month from now, in May.