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Hands on with the LG G5: A modular phone with swappable parts

Florence Ion | Feb. 22, 2016
Forget the improved camera, aluminum body, and brand new processor. The G5's biggest selling point is that you can swap in extra hardware features as you please.

Are we having fun yet?

The LG G5 is the closest to a modular smartphone that we’re going to get for now. It’s certainly no Project Ara, but it’s nice to see LG take a risk with its flagship. I could also see LG partnering up with other major brands, like it did with Bang & Olufsen, to make specific modules that bring even more functionality to an otherwise basic device. The only challenge will be getting the general public to buy into the idea of carrying around extra accessories for their smartphone.

LG has not announced pricing for the G5, or any of the accompanying modules, but it said we should expect to see the phone sometime in April. 

 

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