MWC 2016: LG launches modular LG G5 smartphone and virtual reality headset
LG has taken a step into the future with the launch of the new LG G5 handset, its new flagship smartphone consisting of customisable modules.
The all-metal G5 features a 5.3-inch always-on display, with a Snapdragon 820 processor and two rear-facing 8MP and 16MP cameras: one normal, one capable of 135 dgeree wide-angle shots. It also has a modular slide-out battery component and two optional modules, known as 'friends', the LG Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus for improved camera and audio prowess respectively.
The company showcased the new phone alongside a virtual reality headset and robot at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
LG's 360 VR headset connects to the G5 via USB-C, rather than slotting it in the front like Samsung's Gear VR device, and is foldable.
The RollingBot circular robot can be controlled remotely and has been designed to entertain and take care of your pets when you're away, and is capable of projecting a laser for cats to chase. It can also be used as a form of home security, the company said.
Google has been experimenting with similar modular handsets under its Project Ara initiative, with clippable modules costing between $50 (£33) - $100, though the phones have yet to launch in the UK.
LG will be pinning its hopes on the success of the G5, following years of declining sales. Its mobile sales fell 2 per cent during 2015, though it said it hoped the introduction of two new flagship models would help to improve profitability in 2016.
The South Korean company kept a relatively low profile at last year's MWC, launching four new budget smartphones in the days before the event and using the presentation itself to introduce the LG Watch Urbane.