LG’s modular G5 smartphone is coming to Canada on April 8

Igor Bonifacic

March 8, 2016 8:50am

LG today announced that the G5, its latest flagship smartphone, will launch in Canada on April 8.

Announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Snapdragon 820 device will be available on all major Canadian carriers, including Bell, Telus and Rogers, as well as regional carriers like Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Videotron and the recently acquired Wind Mobile. In addition, Rogers flanker brand Fido will likewise carry the phone. Depending on the carrier, the phone will be available in Silver, Titan or Pink.

Retailers like Best Buy, The Source, Costco and Wireless Wave also plan to carry the device at their stores.

Select major carriers will have special promotions in place for customers who pre-order the device, according to LG. Rogers and Fido, for instance, plan to give new and existing customers who pre-order the G5 a free CAM Plus accessory alongside their purchase — while supplies last, of course. Valued at $100 CAD, when attached to the phone the CAM Plus adds analog camera controls to the phone and an auxiliary battery.

Quebec-based Videotron has stated it will begin pre-orders on March 31 and will also bundle in a free CAM Plus accessory.

A stark departure from the company’s previous smartphone hardware, the G5 features a modular base that gives the user access to the phone’s battery, as well as the option to attach additional peripherals to the device, including the CAM Plus module mentioned above.

In terms of other specs, the G5 features a Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 5.3-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, two rear-facing cameras — including a 8-megapixel wide-angle lens — a 2,800mAh battery and USB-C, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 and LTE connectivity.

We’re waiting to hear back on pricing. We’ll update this when we hear back from LG and the carriers.

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