LG officially announces G5 smartphone. LG/Screenshot

Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2016, LG formally announced its forthcoming flagship device, the G5. As expected, the LG G5 is a pretty dramatic departure from past smartphones of the G series.

The LG G5 features a unibody aluminum design with a fingerprint reader on the back of the device. LG has moved the volume buttons to the left side of the smartphone.

On the rear of the phone are two cameras; one standard lens and one 135-degree wide angle lens. The wide-angle lens will allow users to capture more of a scene without physically moving back.

The LG G5 features the Snapdragon 820 processor. The processor supports 4K capture and playback and is optimized for VR content. The LG G5 also features 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with microSD expandable storage (up to 2TB).

Like previous models the G5 will have a removable battery and to access the battery, users can slide the phone's "chin" off. this cartridge-like system allows users to swap in accessories like a Hi-Fi digital to analog converter, camera attachment and whatever else LG decides to make for the device. At launch, users will be able to purchase two modular accessories including the LG CAM Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play.

Thanks to YouTuber Max Lee we get to see the device up close and personal. Check out the hands on video below:

Although we have no specific release date, LG says it will announce pricing information in the last week of March, with a release sometime in early April.

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