This year at Mobile World Congress, LG officially took the wraps off its new G5 flagship smartphone. Featuring a metal body, the phone seemingly stood out for that reason alone. In reality however, it was the other change LG had brought to the table that – for many – was a much more curious catch of their attention: a modular bay on the bottom of the device that allows for swapping everything from camera add-ons to batteries. It has been branded as “LG and Friends” no less.
At the time of launch, it was unclear as to just how much these accessories would cost, though LG had indicated they would be of a reasonable pricing. Today, LG Korea issued an official press release for the conglomerate’s home market that offers a possible picture into just how the pricing will fare in other markets.
Specified was a spare battery priced at ₩39,000 (roughly $35), a camera module with extra battery priced at ₩99,000 (roughly $85), a module with enhanced audio chips priced at ₩189,000 (roughly $160).
It is unknown how much the international variants will retail for, but at least these figures give a ball-park range of what to expect when considered outside South Korea. It is also possible – if not probable – that some or all of these modules may be included with various promotional campaigns over the next couple of months to coincide with the launch.
Also note that just yesterday, LG announced it would be holding a developer conference specifically to encourage and assist interested parties in creating their own modular expansion accessories for the G5.
What do you think? Are these products priced too prohibitively, or do they make sound sense? How much do you think LG should or will price them in your country? How much would you be willing to pay? Leave us your comments in the space below and let us know what’s on your mind!