LG's flagship for 2016 is the LG G5. We took a look at a pre-production model but here is the production retail unit of the G5 ready for our little paws to get all over it. Welcome to my unboxing of the LG G5.
So the box from the LG G5 is pretty clever. Obviously debuting its modular design from the start, though a very minimal box (which is what I prefer). Once you slide off the top, you see an image of the removable 2,800 mAh battery and a lift up arrow telling you how to get to your new phone. Once you do lift up the lid, you are greeted with your usual AT&T material. But beneath all of that is your brand new LG G5, ours in the titan color. Beneath the G5 is a little tray table which hides your USB C cable and your wall wart. Strange for LG not to include earphones with their LG G5 but it's not a huge deal.
The LG G5 production model definitely feels a lot more refined in the hand than the previous model we had. There has been some talk about the plastic coating over the metal unibody and yes, it's slightly annoying but I do feel it adds a bit more grip to the phone; which left otherwise would be considerably more slippery due to the curvature on the sides. Though nonetheless, the 5.3-inch form factor fits nicely in one hand. However, if you want the ultimate one handed Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has the G5 beaten in form factor.
Spec-wise, the G5 is running the Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and the Adreno 530 GPU. Internally, you'll find 32GB of RAM but you do have a microSD card slot on the same tray as the nano SIM slot, which can accept up to an additional 200GB.
The display is a new 5.3-inch Quad HD panel with 554ppi and it can get up to 900 nits of brightness at full which is insanely bright for an IPS panel. Another huge thing on the G5 is the new cameras. It has a 16MP main shooter next to an 8MP camera, which when combined can deliver a wide angle view field of 135 degrees.
Moving over to the software side of things, the G5 is running the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG's latest UX 5.0. It's controversial because in this incarnation, there's no app drawer. However an upcoming update will allow users to add that feature back in. So far, it's good. It's a little strange and my organization isn't quite as good on the G5 but with folders and a few other tricks, I'm sure I can fix it up. But the G5 is a phone where I'm seriously considering running a launcher. Google Now will definitely make the G5 more conventional but perhaps a bit too bland for my liking. I'll definitley mention what I choose to do in my future videos and review of the G5 so make sure to stay tuned to that.
That's the LG G5 unboxing experience. A pretty simple one for a phone with a lot of promises.