The LG G5 is the smartphone set to follow-up the company’s excellent G4, helping continue the push for the top of the mobile market. The LG G4 sported a premium leather finish and stunning f/1.8 16-megapixel camera and it received a lot of praise so the G5 has a lot to live up to.
The last LG handset was released in April 2015 and rumours are now rife about its successor. A better processor, battery, metal build and added iris scanner are just some of the expected upgrades.
We’ve rounded up everything there is to know about the LG G5 in this feature and will keep it updated as new developments happen.
LG G5 release date
Since most companies release smartphones on a yearly cycle a good way to estimate the release date of the G5 is to look at the previous releases.
The LG G4 arrived on 29 April 2015 and before that was the G3 on 28 May 2014. Based on those dates we’d expect the G5 to land before the summer in 2016. That said, the G2 arrived in September so there’s always a chance LG could revert back to that end of the year instead but in light of recent developments, we doubt that will be the case.
A report from Korea suggests the LG G5 will launch in the first quarter of 2016, most likely around late February when Mobile World Congress 2016 will be held. A Weibo leakster also supported a February release date before the story was pulled.
Both these have since been supported by LG itself, who has suggested the LG G5 might appear in February at MWC 2016. It invited journalists to attend the unveiling of its “next flagship smartphone”. LG sent out the usual “Save The Date” notice, along with an image of a green music box and a “Play Begins” teaser.
LG’s event is scheduled for 21 February in Barcelona. It next flagship will likely be the successor to the popular LG G4, the LG G5. As for the “Play Begins” stuff, your guess is as good as ours. We’ll know for sure soon, but you never know, LG could surprise with something altogether new.
LG G5 price
It was claimed that the LG G4 was sold with a few small profit margin. It was sold for £500 which covered the basic model, or £520 for the stitched leather back version.
LG profits and smartphone sales specifically weren’t as good as expected with a $66.2 million loss in the third quarter of 2015. LG has increased phone prices each year, so expect the G5 to be more pricey. The G3, for example was £480 when that launched.
LG G5 battery
According to the Venture Beat source, the battery will be 2,800mAh making it smaller than the G4, but with a more efficient chip and Android 6.0 OS that should not be an issue.