The LG MWC 2016 press conference is well under way, and the South Korean tech giant has plenty on offer this year.
LG has made a number of announcements at 2016’s Mobile World Congress technology tradeshow in Barcelona, including the launch of the LG G5 smartphone.
The company also showed off a virtual reality headset, which is a first for LG.
Here’s what’s been unveiled so far (and note that this article will be updated with rolling coverage of the event).
The major reveal at this year’s LG press conference was the LG G5, the company’s flagship handset for 2016.
The LG G5 is an obviously high-end offering, with a premium metal body, a 5.3-inch screen, and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chipset featured.
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Some points worth mentioning are the inclusion of USB-C, a fingerprint scanner, and an ‘always on’ screen that perpetually displays notifications to the user without the need for waking the phone. LG confirmed this would drain 0.8% battery life per hour of usage. That's kept to a minimum because only one-third of the screen is actually in use.
Here’s a quick run-down of the specs:
- 5.3-inch screen
- 2,800mAh battery
- 7.5-8mm thick
- 32GB internal
- 4GB RAM
- microSD card slot
- Most markets will start seeing G5 in early April
- USB Type-C 3.0
- No wireless charging
- 16-megapixel normal rear camera
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- 8-megapixel 135-degree rear-facing camera
- Brighter screen – almost twice as bright as before – 900 nits
- Snapdragon 820 processor
- Fingerprint sensor
- Colours: Silver, Titan (grey), Pink, Gold
Pricing isn’t yet available, but the handset is confirmed to launch in April this year.
You can read more about the LG G5 launch here.
LG Cam Plus
One of the major selling points of the LG G5 is its modular capacity. That’s most apparent with the launch of a peripheral – the LG Cam Plus.
The LG Cam Plus is a camera control attachment for the LG G5, and features a shutter button, a button for video, and a zoom roller.
It’s also got a built-in battery, bringing the LG G5’s total capacity up to 4,000mAh.
LG Hi-Fi Plus
LG has also partnered with Bang & Olufsen to bring 32-bit music to the LG G5.
The company already announced a partnership with the audio firm prior to launch, but now we finally have concrete details about what the buddy-up entails.
According to LG, the LG G5 offers 24-bit Hi-Fi from the top 3.5mm port.
However, thanks to B&O, the phone also ships with a second 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC headphone jack on the bottom.
Speaking at the conference, Stefan Persson, COO of B&O, said the LG G5 would offer "superb sound" and a "top notch audio experience even on mobile devices".
"Now music lovers will be able to enjoy an overall delightful experience with their eyes and ears," he added.
LG 360 VR
Not one to steer clear of the bandwagon, LG has announced its very own virtual reality headset.
The headset works by tethering to a mobile device, which also powers it. However, unlike Google Cardboard, the LG 360 VR has two of its own screens, each 1.88-inches in diameter with an image resolution of 960 x 720.
LG also confirmed that the headset would be supported by a number of apps, including both YouTube 360 and Google Cardboard.
LG 360 CAM
LG also showed off the LG 360 CAM, a spherical camera that’s designed to be compact.
The device features two cameras – front and back – with wide-angle 13-megapixel lenses.
The LG 360 CAM also supports 2K video recording, and has three microphones for omni-directional sound capture.
It also connects to your phone courtesy of Wi-Fi, so it’s easy to access any great shots or video you capture.
At the LG press event, Google's Stefan Persson, who heads up the Street View team, said the launch of this device "is big news for anyone who loves Street View".
"This Street View compatible camera makes it even easier for anyone to join in the fun," said Persson, who added: "We're beginning to hear that people are referring to their 360 content as Street View."
LG Rolling Bot
But 360-degree cameras and virtual reality aren’t LG’s only future-facing plays for your cash. The South Korean tech giant is also investing further in the smart home.
That investment is personified by the company’s latest housebound gadget – the LG Rolling Bot.
It’s a home-monitoring system – software, plus a robot that’s a bit like a Roomba, but shaped like a ball – that you control from your smartphone.
Features include home appliance and TV control, as well as pet care for when you’re away.
There’s also a handy charging dock, which makes it easy to keep your robot-butler powered up and ready to serve at a moment’s notice.
LG Smart Controller
LG also announced a new drone-related product – the LG Smart Controller.
It's basically a handset docking remote control for quadcopters that works with the LG G5, and it's built in conjuction with French drone firm Parrot.
"We are so happy to be a part of it," said Nicolas Halftermeyer, CMO Parrot, speaking at LG's event. "It is designed to allow anyone to enjoy and fly drones as easily as it is to play a video game."
Unfortunately, the product is still a prototype at this stage.
LG Friends Manager
Unfortunately, there’s a real risk of confusing customers with LG’s growing roster of smartphone peripherals.
To that end, LG has also announced a piece of software called ‘Friends Manager’.
This software makes it easy to connect LG’s companion products with phones, simplifying processes like setting up Wi-Fi links.
What do you think of LG’s latest announcements? Let us know in the comments.