Lisa Gade reviews the LG G5, LG’s mainstream size flagship Android smartphone for 2016. The LG G5 has a 5.3” QHD IPS display, and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG’s UI. This is LG’s first metal bodied phone, and it’s available in several colors. It runs on Qualcomm’s fastest mobile CPU, the 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 820 and it has 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. As you’d expect from LG it has both a removable battery and a microSD card slot as well as an IR blaster. The phone has a very good 16MP rear camera plus a rear 8MP extreme wide angle camera. It has an 8MP front camera. Standard features include 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, NFC with Android Pay support and a GPS.
The G5 has Friends— removable modules that slot into the bottom of the phone. The 2800 mAh battery Friend comes with the phone, and LG will also offer a camera grip (LG Cam Plus) and the LG HiFi Audio DAC. In addition, there are external friends like a 360 degree camera and home robot and drone controllers. The LG G5 sells for around $650, depending on carrier in the US.