LG G5 design and build quality
The LG G4 was one of the few 2015 flagships not to feature a metal unibody design – instead, LG opted for a removable plastic or leather back. The manufacturer has decided to switch the G5 design to more premium materials: metal and Gorilla Glass 4.
The metal LG G5 has no volume rockers on the rear panel. / © ANDROIDPIT
The LG G5’s elegant metal body is 7.7 mm thick, and is more resistant to bumps and scratches than the plastic or leather of the G4.
The LG G5 seems particularly ergonomic and comfortable to handle
The back of the device is no longer removable and has also lost the trio of physical buttons that defined the LG G4. It now only features the camera, with LED flash, and the newly introduced fingerprint scanner, both of which come in a porthole design. If you’re concerned that the lack of removable back means the battery isn’t removable either, don’t be; it slides out the bottom of the device using a removable cap.
The SIM and microSD card slot reside on the right-hand side of the device, while the volume rocker sits on the left. Along the bottom edge is a USB Type-C port and speakers.
The LG G5’s SIM and microSD card slot is found on the side of the device. / © ANDROIDPIT
The front panel features an Always On display, similar to the second screen on the LG V10, used primarily to show notifications, the time and the date. We’ll discuss this in more detail below.
The display is smaller than the LG G4’s, just 5.3 inches. Above the screen are a front-facing camera, flash and speaker.
The usual arrangement of camera,