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LG G5 smartphone has lots of enterprise potential

The first mainstream smartphone with a modular design, the LG G5 is more than a standard Android flagship.

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Give LG credit for daring. Whereas other smartphones have a removable back panel with access to the battery and card slots, the G5's entire bottom portion slides off, revealing the battery and allowing the phone to expand. To top it off, the LG G5 smartphone is a strong follow-up to the excellent G4, with a spec sheet to match the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 6s.

The replaceable battery alone should please enterprise users. Plus, the always-on display is useful for accessing work messages or emails faster. Accessories can transform the G5 into a point-and-shoot camera, and a high-res portable stereo with 32-bit audio output is also available. It's not hard to envision more productivity-focused accessories in the G5's future -- perhaps a keyboard and display dock, or a portable point-of-sale terminal.

LG G5
LG G5

With that kind of flexibility, the G5 has a lot of potential in the enterprise, but it will need support from both LG and third-party accessory makers. LG has languished behind the top five smartphone makers in recent years, and those third parties will ignore the G5 if it fails to find an audience.

LG G5 smartphone specs

Display: 5.3-inch IPS LCD Quantum, Gorilla Glass 4

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (554 pixels per inch)

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Memory: 32 GB capacity (microSD expandable up to 200 GB), 4 GB RAM

Dimensions: 5.88 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches (hwd)

Weight: 5.6 ounces

Battery: 2800mAh, user replaceable

Camera: 16 megapixel (f/1.8), 8 megapixel wide-angle (f2.4) rear; 8 megapixel (f/2) front 

Price: Between $630 and $800 (depending on carrier)

This article originally appeared in the May issue of the Modern Mobility e-zine.

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What do you think about the modular design of LG's G5 smartphone?
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LG G6 is coming with attractive features. So I replaced my iPhone 6 plus by LG G6. Is it right decision?
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