South Korea’s handset maker LG has finally revealed its newest commercially available modular smart phone at the Mobile World Congress-2016. In the past few years, there has been significant development in software and hardware solution. This time LG has managed to beat Google and introduced the first mainstream modular phone.
The specifications of this LG-G5 are as expected from a 2016 Android device like, a 5.3 inch LCD display with 2560*1440 pixel resolution with corning gorilla glass 4 protection. It runs on Android 6.0 skinned with LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI. The smartphone has the Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage expandable via a micro SD card and a 2800 mAh battery. It has a dual camera and below the dual camera is the fingerprint-sensor. The stand out feature of this phone is that it has a removable bottom, which allows users not only to swap batteries, but to add new functionalities with separately sold modules. Though the price of this device is unknown, we can expect this new handset by February next year.
Also let us not forget about the Fairphone 2, which was out much before the G5. Fairphone is a social enterprise based in Amsterdam, which released the Fairphone 2 – an Android powered 5-inch phone fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 8-megapixel main camera, a 2,420 mAh battery and 32 GB of eMMc storage at $580. The Fairphone 2 allows users to change every part — camera, speakers, chip, display, and so on. Apart from this, LG-G5 has several add-ons like LG-360 Cam which is capable of taking photos and videos in a 360 degree angle, LG-360 VR which is a virtual reality headset and LG Rolling Bot that rolls like a ball and has an 8-megapixel camera that captures videos and images even while rolling
There are also many other small companies like Lapka which specialize in design forward sensor driven hardware. Then there are also entities like Dave Hakkens and Circular Devices which are responsible for Phonebloks and PuzzlePhone.
So let us wait and see who will win the race of modular phones.
Authored by Anjali Santhosh