LG's latest flagship smartphone â€” the G5 â€” created a lot of buzz in the tech world as it featured unique elements, such as modular design with Friends companion devices. The handset was launched last week, just a day before the MWC 2016 kicked off in Barcelona, and is already in the process of being released in India.
According to GSM Arena, LG announced the G5 would be launched in India next quarter, most probably after the global launch in April. With the question of the G5's release in India answered, the bigger question is now about its price. Given the specs, it is likely the G5 will be priced around Rs 50,000 for the Indian market.
"We are really happy to see all the positivity around LG G5 ever since its global unveil at the MWC. In fact, in a survey conducted in Korea, LG G5 topped consumer preference, leaving its closest competitors trailing far behind. We hope to make this available to users in India very soon, and are optimistic consumers will love its revolutionary design and features," the portal quoted LG India Mobiles section marketing head Amit Gujral as saying.
This would be a first for LG to schedule a flagship launch so soon for India, but a recent report confirmed the company won't make a Nexus phone this year, which would mean LG has ample resources to utilise in the development and promotion of its own products. Also, India is now the second-largest smartphone market in the world, and it would be shocking to see any delay in new launches.
In terms of specifications, LG G5 brings top-of-the-line specs. Highlights of the device include a full-metal body, modular design with swappable batteries, camera, a Hi-Fi audio chip and a smart controller. Core specs include a 5.3-inch QHD IPS display with 554ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM and 32GB UFS ROM, which is expandable up to 2TB.
The camera setup is interesting as well, as it boasts a 16MP 78-degree lens and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide-angle lens on the rear, which promises high-quality images. There is an 8MP front snapper for selfies.
LG's first modular smartphone has a USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner and a 2,800mAh battery.