The LG G5 has been launched in the US and the phone makers home country of Korea, where reviews of the phone are starting to appear. Being on the market has of course meant that it’s been torn down to see what makes it tick. iFixit is probably the most reputable site performing teardowns out there and here’s what they found.
To start with iFixit were massive fans of the LG G4, scoring an 8 out of 10 for repairability last year. The LG G5 is no different, achieving the same repairability score and retaining the love that iFixit showed for the previous model.
iFixit pointed out that the phone has that removable, slide out battery which adds to the life-span of the phone with no tricky replacements of internal components. The device is held together by standard Phillips head screws and there’s not a bunch ad there’s no glue, making opening the device an easy process. The G5 also has a modular design which are easy to replace if they become faulty.
There’s also some not great bits, the modules for the G5 have covers which are glued on which could make for difficult repairs if required. Lastly the device has a fused display assembly meaning it’s an all in one replacement – glass and LCD – if it breaks.
There was some controversy a week ago when another site tore down the phone and showed flakes of metal being scratched from the back of the phone with a razor blade. You can see the video here:
LG responded officially to the video describing the material being scraped off as primer atop a special aluminium alloy. The full statement is here:
The LG G5 hasn’t launched in Australia as yet, but we have a media launch later this month where we’ll hopefully get more information on their launch plans here in Australia. If you want to find out more about the internal of the LG G5, head over to iFiit and check out all the pictures over there.