If the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge doesn’t tickle you fancy, you probably might want to consider this Korean star instead. Announced on the same day at MWC 2016, the LG G5 is another worthy flagship and you can get it here in Malaysia thanks to parallel importer DirectD. If RM3,099 is too much to pay for a smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the G5 is slightly affordable at RM2,999.
To recap, the LG G5 is probably the most customisable flagship smartphone at the moment. Underneath its metal body design, the G5 has a removable slot at the bottom which allows you to swap batteries and add-on additional accessories.
Up front it gets a 5.3″ Quad HD display and underneath it runs on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. The unit that DirectD is offering comes with 32GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD along with dual-SIM support.
At the back, it features a fingerprint sensor that doubles up as a power button while the upper part sports a dual camera set up for wide angle 135 degree angle shots. The main camera is a 16MP shooter with OIS, while the secondary shooter uses an 8MP sensor. For selfies, it also gets an 8MP shooter up front.
Powering the device is a 2800mAh battery and it charges using USB Type C supporting QuickCharge 3.0. Like the Galaxy S7/S7 edge, the G5 also has an always-on display which LG claims to drain just 0.8% per hour. Out of the box, it runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
DirectD’s listing indicates that Titan and Pink colours are ready to be shipped in 2-3 days, while the Gold colour version will be ready in 1-2 weeks time. Since this is an import set, it comes with a 1-year warranty from DirectD.
Since LG Malaysia has been quiet in the smartphone business, DirectD is probably your best bet for now. The LG G5 is currently going for SGD$988 (around RM2842) in Singapore, so its RM2,999 asking price is quite reasonable for a new imported device. Is the LG G5 more appealing to you than the S7 edge? Let us know in the comments section below.
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