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If you're looking for a new Android smartphone, look no further 'cause LG just introduced its latest flagship model during this year's Mobile World Congress.

 

What separates LG G5 from the other newly released smartphones at MWC are the number of accessories and plug-in modules that LG calls as Friends. With or without extras, it's definitely a good-looking phone on its own.

 

Under the hood, the LG G5 has 32GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, USB-C, a removable 2,800mAh battery, and comes with Qualcomm's new top-tier Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM inside. The LG G5 is housed in anodized aluminum and available in silver, gold, pink, and titan (graphite) colors. The power button is built into LG's fingerprint reader which can be found at the back of the device.

 

The Galaxy S7 better be awesome to outshine the G5. Here's our top 3 reasons why you should consider the LG G5 as your next Android smartphone:

 

1. Two (2) Rear Cameras: There's a 16-megapixel and a 135-degree wide angle 8-megapixel camera at the back of the G5. You can either use them as individual shooters; the latter offering a wider, more panoramic view, or use them together to create some fun combinations and layering. LG also introduced nine (9) new analog filters in its camera suite.

 

2. Extended Battery Life: Two of these new accessories plug directly into the LG G5's bottom. A small key on the side of the phone pops open its lower section, which can be pulled out along with the battery, then the battery is fitted into the next module and that straps back into the phone. The LG Cam Plus is the first plug-in module. Imagine a camera grip that doubles as a battery extender for you DSLR cameras. This Friend comes with a physical shutter button, a dedicated video recording key, an LED indicator, and even a jog dial to control zoom on the G5. The LG Cam Plus essentially reshapes the G5 and gives it extra juice to keep going for 6 to 8 hours longer, expanding the battery from 2,800mAh to 4,000mAh.

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3. More Friends: The LG Hi-Fi Plus is the perfect Friend for you audiophiles out there. It's basically an external 32-bit DAC and amplifier combo unit, tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen. It supports native DSD playback and will come with a pair of H3 B&O Play earphones. The LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset, which only weights 100g, also debuted at MWC. The camera is a dual-sensor spherical camera that captures either 16-megapixel stills or up to 2K video. It is said to get support from YouTube 360 and Google Street View as well. Unlike other wearables like the Google Cardboard, the LG 360 VR is a head-mounted display that can work without the need to put your smartphone inside a compartment. All you need to do is to connect your G5 via USB-C to process all the data. Last, but not he least, is the LG Rolling Bot. This is LG's version of the Sphero ball, offering a toy bot that can be controlled via the phone and used for things like home monitoring. It's definitely a fun gizmo which comes with an integrated camera, speakers, microphone, and laser pointer.

 

Aside from the add-ons that came with the G5, the new flagship is so much better in more ways than one. Kudos to LG for introducing new Friends to the whole line up as well. No word on the pricing yet but the LG G5 and its Friends will be available globally from the beginning of April. Stay tuned for our official announcement of the #GlobeLGG5 soon...