LG’s latest flagship, G5, is being rolled out all over the world and it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with LG Optimus UX 5.0 custom UI on top of it. However, this software will not be available exclusively for the LG G5, as it will arrive on other “upcoming smartphone models as well”
The South Korean manufacturer has announced that its UX 5.0 UI will allow users to easily control LG Friends and the modules that can be added to the G5, such as Hi-Fi Plus, CAM Plus and 360 CAM. With LG Friends Manager, users are able to pair different modules that will be connected to the G5, and in addition, they can download and install applications for them, from the Google Play store.
The LG UX5.0 comes with improvements for G5’s camera, allowing the users to switch between the standard 78-degree lens and the 135 degree wide angle lens, set as wallpapers the 360-degree panorama pictures taken with the LG 360 Cam, to use both the rear and front cameras to capture different angles of the same image/place, at the same time. Moreover, the users can create a picture-in-a-frame effect using shots captured from standard and wide angle lens.
LG has worked on a new homescreen and its app drawer contains updated applications such as Health, Always-On display, File Manager, Quick Help, Smart Doctor, Backup and fingerprint recognition.
Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, had a few words to say about the LG UX5.0 UI: “We analysed the lifestyle of smartphone users to provide a superior mobile experience and greatly expanded the usability with LG UX 5.0. LG UX 5.0 and G5 were designed to provide an innovative user experience that reflects the needs of our most demanding customers.”
LG G5 – Specifications
The new flagship has a slightly smaller display than its predecessor, measuring 5.3-inch, but it supports the same QHD resolution, which gives a higher pixel density of 554ppi. The device has a full-metal body and its physical buttons have been moved from the back panel, where they were sitting under the camera, but LG has integrated the fingerprint scanner under the big horizontal camera module, instead of hiding it inside the power button.
The G5 is available in two variants of hardware components: the premium variant uses a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset with a Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo processor, an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM, while the other variant has a weaker Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset with a Quad-core Cortex-A72 & quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, which is backed by an Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
However, both models support an internal memory of 32GB, which is expandable up to 200GB. The rear camera actually consists of two shooters: the more advanced one with a resolution of 16 MP and an aperture of f/1.8 and another one of 8 MP with f/2.4 optics. The list of features includes laser autofocus, OIS (3-axis), LED flash and 4K video recording with stereo sound. As for the front camera, it’s 8MP, with an aperture of f/2.0. The battery is somehow disappointing, because its capacity is 2800mAh, but the good news is that you can replace it.