Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990 [First Impressions]

LG has just launched its latest flagship and premium smartphone - LG G5 in India for a price of Rs 52,990. This phone features an all new design and includes high-end specs.

LG G5 is a modular smartphone and it is quite important for the company in the competitive smartphone arena as it has come up with a different kind of a device. It can be said that the G5 has set a new level for the smartphones as it features removable battery despite having a unibody design.

We have had our hands-on with the LG G5 and here are the first impressions that we feel about the new modular phone from the South Korean player. Take a look at it here!

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Gorgeous design

The design of the LG G5 is just gorgeous with an all metal housing that gives a premium look and feel to it. It is comfortable to hold and use as well. The metal sheel on the LG seems to be biggest improvement of the smartphone.

Of course, the design of the G5 is very different from that of the LG G4. It misses out on the leather back panel with angular lines at the back, but that gives it the premium feel. The metal surface renders a nice luster to the smartphone. It offers a good grip as well than the other metallic phones in the market.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

The rear arrangement for the volume rocker has been moved to the left of the phone, but the power button still rests at the back. But, it is nice as it incorporates the fingerprint scanner that works quite swiftly. However, we found it tough to hold the power button to unlock the screen as it took a considerable effort.

The arrangement of the dual lens and flash at the back are arranged horizontally giving a nice look. The back panel of the LG G5 looks nice with the plain metallic finish.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Removable battery

LG has opted for the modular design as it wanted to keep the unibody aluminum design and removable battery. The device's battery slides out from the bottom on pressing a button that is located on the left of the G5. This is something that we have not seen in a smartphone before.

However, removing the battery is not as easy as pulling out a micro SD card from the tray. You need take effort to press the button and pull out the battery.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Always-On Display

The LG5 features a 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS display that is accompanied by the Always-On feature. The highlight of this feature is that it consumes just 0.8 percent of the battery power in an hour. This way, the users of the LG G5 can get better battery life.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

The 3D Arc Glass on the the G5 display gives a smooth and gentle curve on the metal surface that takes the design of the phone to an all new level. LG claims that the Daylight Mode can detect the ambient light conditions and increase or decrease the brightness. But, the screen is a bit dim until the brightness is increased to almost 60 percent.

The Always-On feature lets viewing the time and notifications even when the phone is switched off. But, instead of detailed notifications, you will just get to see the app icons when the screen is locked.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Impressive hardware

LG G5 employs a powerful and energy efficient Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4 GB RAM for a lag-free performance. The processor is teamed up with Adreno 530 graphics, Qualcomm Hexagon DSP and Qualcomm Spectra designed to render DSLR quality images. The processor and graphics combination helps the G5 render better and faster performance.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Dual rear cameras

The G5 has dual rear-facing 16 MP and 8 MP cameras and the main one has an aperture of f/1.8 and 78-degree field of view. The second camera has f/2.4 aperture and 135-degree field of view letting you capture more people into the frame.

The Pop-Out Picture mode allows combining two images that are taken with both the rear cameras in one click. There are other photo effects such as Film Effect that can let you apply nine different film emulators to any image and Auto Shot is a better camera UX that captures the perfect selfies automatically when a face is recognized.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

UI is smooth

Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, LG G5 does not have an app drawer, but the previous home button and app drawer are integrated so that users can organize their apps easily. The UI is quite smooth as it just glides across witout any glitches.

Up Close and Personal with LG G5 Launched in India today at Rs 52,990

Verdict

The G5 is a nice smartphone with pretty good features and a wonderful design. But, LG has priced the smartphone at Rs 52,990, which is on the higher end of the pricing scale in the Indian market where there are many competitively priced phones that can perform well. LG G5 might face a stiff competition from the counterparts that are priced low.

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