The LG G5 is now on sale, but rumour has it an LG G5 SE could be following it closely behind. Here's your complete guide to the LG G5, including the LG G5 UK release date, price, specs and new features in full. See also: LG G5 vs G4, and LG G5 review.
LG G5 SE incoming?
Following claims that LG had trademarked a LG G5 SE in South Korea, many people believed the company was about to do an Apple and unveil an LG G5 mini as the G5 SE. However, a tip-off from our friends at mobile accessory dealers Mobile Fun suggests the G5 SE is not a smaller version of the G5. It has spotted mentions of the LG G5 SE on some of the G5 cases it sells, which would suggest these phones are the same size. Which leads us to wonder what exactly is the difference between the LG G5 and G5 SE? It has to be something under the hood.
LG G5 release date and price UK - where to buy LG G5
LG announced the G5 on 21 February in Barcelona the day before MWC 2016. The phone is became available to order shortly afterwards, and now LG has released the LG G5 as of 8 April 2016. Colours for the G5 consist of titan (dark grey), silver, pink and gold.
See: Best LG G5 deals UK.
Amazon has put the LG G5 up for pre-order with a release date of 22 April and a price of £499, available in Titan Grey or Rose Gold. We're not sure why Amazon has a later release date than other carriers, though.
EE is offering the LG G5 now, and suggests that your order will be dispatched within 7 days. Contracts include £39.99 per month with an upfront cost of £9.99 over 24 months with 4GB of data. View deal here.
Over at Vodafone, thee LG G5 for an upfront cost of £9 and then £34 per month includes 2GB of data. Other tariffs are available too.
Mobiles.co.uk is offering the LG G5 for delivery expected on 11 April, on contracts starting at £31.50 per month including a free phone and 3GB of data from O2.
Mobile Fun is accepting orders of the Titan Grey 32GB model of the LG G5 for £529.
LG G5 specs and new features
As per the leaked information, the LG G5 is quite a departure from the mould used for the last few generations – the G2, G3 and G4 have all followed a clear design evolution.
For starters, LG has stopped mucking about with unusual materials like ceramic and leather. The G5 goes for a more orthodox metal design – which based on our popular poll is what most consumers want. The other major change is that LG has dropped the RearKey (the collection of power and volume buttons) which has previously sat below the camera on the back of the phone. In its place is a fingerprint scanner which is also the power key while the volume buttons are on the side.
LG G5 Friends
The rumoured 'accessory slot' is a real thing and means you can remove the battery but a lot more than just that. A set of LG Friends works with the phone including the LG Cam Plus, 360 Cam, 360 VR and Rolling Bot - not all of them slot into the phone, of course. Although MobileFun initially thought the accessories would start at £35, it now has the Cam Plus listed at £79.
Meanwhile, Clove has priced up the entire collection of LG G5 Friends. For starters, it has the LG Cam Plus for £69 which is the cheapest accessory then the LG Hi-Fi Plus is £149. If you've got even more cash to splash then the LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR are both priced at £199.
LG is planning to host a developer conference which will focus on educating and helping partners crate more modules for the phone. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5.
Moving onto the core specs and LG has gone for a 5.3in screen, which is actually smaller than the G4. A 4K resolution was on the cards and it turns out that LG has taken the sensible option by sticking to Quad HD (1440x2560), something it introduced with the G3. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5.
The display is always on and provides information such as the time, date and notifications – this works in conjunction with the Quick Cover case which LG announced ahead of the G5's unveiling.
Processor, memory and storage
Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor which is expected to be one of the most popular chips for 2016. It's a quad-core chip (more isn’t always better) and has an Adreno 530 GPU. There's 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. LG continues to offer expandable storage with a Micro-SD card slot.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of wireless specs you get 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX HD, Cat 9 4G LTE and GPS. LG still offers NFC and an infrared port, plus there's the newly added fingerprint scanner on the back. The firm has adopted the latest Type-C USB port, too which is reversible and offers faster charging.
The rumour of increasing the size of the battery to a whopping 4000mAh is sadly false. The LG G5 has a not so impressive 2800mAh batttery, which as we've mentioned is removable via that slot on the bottom of the phone. You should be able to top up the battery easily with Quick Charge 3.0.
Something we didn't see coming is that LG has gone down the dual-camera route which hasn't worked out too well for some of its rivals. The G5 has dual-rear facing cameras (one 16Mp and one 8Mp) and also features the optical images stabilisation (OIS) and laser auto focus on previous devices. The front camera remains at 8Mp with the ability to record 1080p video.
Rather than being for gimmicky 3D effects of refocusing, the cameras are for different fields of view. the 16Mp has a normal 78 degree lens while the 8Mp goes much wider at 135 degrees so you can fit more in.
As you would expect, the LG G5 comes pre-loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is the latest version of the mobile OS and also LG's own UX 5.0 UI.
LG G5 specs list
• Android 6.0 Marshmallow with UX 5.0
• 5.3in Quad HD IPS screen (1440x2560, 554ppi)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, quad-core
• 4GB RAM
• 32 storage
• Micro-SD card slot (up to 200GB)
• Dual-rear cameras (16Mp 78 degree and 8Mp 135 degree) with OIS and laser auto focus
• 8Mp front camera
• 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, Infrared, fingerprint scanner
• Cat 9 4G LTE
• USB Type-C
• 2800mAh removable battery
• 149x74x7.7mm, 159g