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LG G5 modular smartphone release date and pricing announced

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LG’s new G5 – the sleek new smartphone with a modular design – will go on sale in Australia next month along with its collection of companion accessories called “LG Friends”

The device will be available from May 2 through Optus stores and retail partner Harvey Norman and on May 3 through Telstra Stores.

The LG G5 will be priced at $1,099 for outright purchase and also available on plans.

LG’s G5 is the world’s first smartphone with a modular design that delivers a metal unibody design but with a removable battery.

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The base of the G5 detaches and gives users access to the battery.

This modular construction means the G5 can be used with other modules that fit onto the G5.

These modules include the Cam Plus – a camera grip with physical controls and an additional onboard battery for longer shooting times and Hi-Fi Plus – a portable Hi-Fi DAC (digital to analog converter) audio player.

The LG G5 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it has 5.3-inch Quad HD Quantum display with a resolution of 2650 x 1440 with 554ppi (pixels per inch).

The LG G5's modular design allows you to swap out the battery and also connect add-on devices
The LG G5’s modular design allows you to swap out the battery and also connect add-on devices

It has 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot to expand the memory even further.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that offers 64-bit performance and 4G LTE download speeds of up to 600Mbps.

The Cam Plus add-on for the G5
The Cam Plus add-on for the G5

One of the standout features of the LG G5 is the camera. There are three lenses on the device – two on the back – a 16-megapixel regular camera and an 8-megapixel regular camera along with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The range of companion devices – also called LG Friends – include 360 Virtual Reality glasses, a 360-degree camera and a rolling bot which is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera to capture pictures and videos.

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Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a complete review of the LG G5 in the coming weeks.