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LG G5 impressions: Our first 24 hours with LG's latest flagship phone

Jon Phillips | March 17, 2016
Ahead of the phone's official launch, LG sent us a "pre-production preview" version of the G5. It's been a mix of highs and lows.

In the 3DMark Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 test, the G5 mustered a score of 3276 to the GS7’s 3315. In the 3DMark Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.1 test, the G5 hit 2530 to the GS7’s 2554. In the PCMark Work Performance test, the G5 hit 5780 to the GS7’s 5774.

These are essentially 1 percent deltas. Or less. We’ll do more testing with the final review unit, along with the all-important battery rundown test, which is what really matters if you’re a typical smartphone user. Regardless, the G5’s interface was speedy as hell, and everything felt faster than my Nexus 6P running the Snapdragon 810.

LG tells me that we should see final hardware in the next two weeks. Even better, I’m told they’ll be shipping two of the Friends accessories—almost certainly the Cam Plus (which mates manual camera controls and a supplementary 1200 mAh battery to the G5’s chassis) and the Hi-Fi Plus (which mates a Bang and Olufsen-powered digital-to-audio converter for a richer sound experience).

These could be the truly useful innovations that LG adds to the smartphone scene. Or they could just be expensive add-ons that only look good on paper. But, hey, whichever way they go, they’re bound to be interesting. Again, we have to give LG kudos for thinking big and rolling the dice.


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