LG’s V10 was a fairly interesting device as it was a G4 on steroids, with one or two added features like the secondary ticker display and two selfie cameras. It was definitely a head turner of a device, but unfortunately, it never got an official launch in Malaysia.
Now, though, LG has officially revealed that there will be a sequel to the V10 and it will be one of the first devices running Android Nougat.
If the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge doesn’t tickle you fancy, you probably might want to consider this Korean star instead. Announced on the same day at MWC 2016, the LG G5 is another worthy flagship and you can get it here in Malaysia thanks to parallel importer DirectD. If RM3,099 is too much to pay for a smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the G5 is slightly affordable at RM2,999.
Samsung and LG both made major announcements at Mobile World Congress this year. Both showed off their flagship smartphones vying for your attention and, of course, your hard earned cash. But between the two devices, I think the LG G5 is a bigger deal than the Galaxy S7, and here’s why.
Competing in South Korea would easily offset any other major tech manufacturer but LG keeps on trucking despite having Samsung looking high and mighty.
LG’s smartphones of late have come short of the other flagships in the market – the V10 had a nice trick, with its ticker display and dual-FRONT cameras; and the G4 had a great camera overall. Smartphone cameras are getting good with the Microsoft Lumia 950 (XL), Nexus 6P, and Samsung Galaxy flagships leading the charge.
So what does LG have to bring to the table?
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People in the West do things very differently from those in the East. The two excel at different things and are naturally used to things being a certain way. So when you design a smartphone’s software, you tend to gear your UI to certain elements that typically reflect the wants and needs of your consumer.
LG says they’ve decided to change a key UI feature because they’ve done the necessary market research. After looking at the changes they’ve made in person, we can only say one thing:
We want to see see those findings for ourselves – cause we’re not sure what they did was a good idea.
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Going through life alone is never ideal and you’re most likely to enjoy it better when surrounded by friends. LG knows this and wants to metaphorically do the same for its flagship smartphone. Google tried and are still toying around with modular parts through their Project Ara program and there’s even a smartphone case that lets you do the same.
LG believes that we’re still yet to reach “peak smartphone” and whilst moving forward, modules and add-on peripherals are the paths to take. The idea is exciting and being the first to take it on is a big deal but if others follow suit and do better, trouble might loom.
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So it looks just how it was rumoured and the majority of reactions that we saw were negative. Are we just jumping the gun and passing our views without knowing the whole picture? That was the case during the Nexus 6P by Huawei with many throwing shade at the Stormtrooper visor. In the end, we warmed up to the idea and design.
Will we embrace the same scenario this time? Well, let’s take a look at what the LG G5 has to offer.
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Apparently the LG G5 has been spectacularly leaked just a few days before it is due to be officially unveiled on 21st February as someone has put what is allegedly the actual LG G5 smartphone on sale on Dubai e-commerce website Dubizzle.
Sketchy name aside, the pictures look pretty legit if you’re asking us. Pretty legit and unfortunately pretty ugly as well.
If you don’t wear a watch, it is likely you rely on your smartphone to tell the time. Now LG has teased a new feature that will help make time telling easier than ever. The new LG G5 flagship will be having an always-on display that will show the clock plus your notifications even when the phone is asleep.