LG G5 and Friends module pricing announced for Korean market

by: Matthew BensonMarch 18, 2016
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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).

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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.

LG G5 modules

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!

  • Final Lau

    V10 has the Hi-Fi built in but G5 needed to be used as an accessory and it’s slightly longer than the original battery holder accessory which means it won’t fit well in some cases and yet it cost ~$160…..
    I’m very disappointed…

    • svinepelz

      You can use the Hi-Fi DAC as an external DAC for your computer as well, which ups its value a fair bit.

      • Alex James Simon

        No it doesn’t, you can get a Schiit Stack for $200. If you were planning on using it with your computer, you might as well spend the extra $40 and get a actual desktop setup. It is way overpriced even compared to other portable Amp/DACs. The Schiit Fulla is $80 and the FiiO E18 is $125.

        • Joshua

          It bang and olufsen. There speakers run $80,000. $160 seems like a good deal from them.

        • Nez Alarcon

          That is bang and Olufsen we’re talking about! its not a normal dac you see around.

        • svinepelz

          You’re disregarding the convenience of it, though. Remember also that you get a set of B&B earphones (or was it plugs?) with the DAC. It all comes down to its performance, I guess – if it sounds great and the earphones are good, it seems like a good deal to me. It will be a niche product though.

          • Alex James Simon

            But is convience is worth double the price of something similar and is well-trusted? Would the earphones still be free? If the Module was say $80. It is all in how they market the module to make it seem like a good deal.

    • Adi

      Yeah I know, I was thinking that as well. It seems like LG just added that as a module just so that they could get a bit more profit and promote the modular idea

    • Replicant Jason Booth

      It’s still has hi fi playback at 24 bit, but for those that want 32 bit playback they have options

    • Joshua

      The hi fi only worked with the stock music app. Hopefully the audio dac for this phone will render ALL audio.

      • Ronnie DiMaio

        Nah the HiFi DAC for the V10 works with every music player I have tried. Google Play Music, Tidal, BubbleUPnP

        • Joshua

          The hifi icon may be on but the dac wasnt doing anything. I had to install dacfix to activate the dac on other apps.

          • Ronnie DiMaio

            wut? How can the DAC be off if the HiFi icon is on? If that is true I’ve been living a lie for the past month.

          • Joshua

            Get “DAC fix” off the play store. It will force the sabre dac to render the audio.

          • Ronnie DiMaio

            Hey man I checked and tested it and the HiFi DAC works on Tidal and BubbleUPnP connected to Tidal. I’ve been doing it right.

    • neural_physics

      get an s7 edge and watch that disappointment disappear

      • Final Lau

        Nahh i’d stick stick with phones with replaceable battery.
        I could had chose samsung too if they still have removeable battery..
        Its sad tho..

        • neural_physics

          3600mAh battery > removable 2800 mAh battery

          • Final Lau

            Dont forget you’ll lose at least 20% of its capacity battery life due to number of charges and temperature within 2 years.
            I dont wish to hold a heavy portable charger with me all the time and had to wait to charge

          • neural_physics

            The cool thing about a 3600mAh battery is that you don’t need to bring a battery with you, the battery will last all day unlike the pathetic 2800mAh battery in the g5.

          • Final Lau

            Maybe thats for you but i’d rather have a total of 5600mah than 3600mah and just a 0% to 100% within secs
            Dont forget snapdragon 820 has 40% better battery life and efficiency

          • neural_physics

            Sure but you can’t use a case with that module, and the thing costs $70+ so it’s kind of stupid

          • Final Lau

            Yes i know which is why i am quite disappointed and not intending to get G5
            I’ll like for better alternatives

          • neural_physics

            I think the HTC 10 will out do the G5
            Not the s7 though

          • Final Lau

            Next nexus or one plus 3 will do

  • Luka Mlinar

    It’s like EA made this phone :D

    • EasyCare

      Except this is genuinely intended to complement the phone! :)

    • Ahmad Zuhdi Ubaidillah

      Lol, DLC

  • MrHollow

    Those prices down sound to bad for me to be honest, but if the phone is 800-900euros then LOL :)

  • mikiblu

    prices for rolling bot???

    • Joshua

      Id like to troll my cats with it!

  • Paul

    You can just see little shits standing in town centres blaring out crappy tunes from their phone with these modules. Great idea huh?

    • Huhster

      It doesn’t have a speaker ;-)

    • Ryan Neely

      That would involve them not picking up on a trend a decade late.

    • jdbarn

      You don’t need to worry about that. All those that you refer to have iPhones because they’re so much cooler!

      • Paul

        Really….just sold my shitty 6s plus. Widgets aren’t widgets, no notification light, poor settings management, no ability to make it mine….I’ll be happy now my note 5 is back in hand!
        Ipad is better than most android tabs but the iphones are awful.

  • Sen. Rockie

    My dad will give me this phone but deym those prices :C LG if you guys are reading this, lower those prices.
    A question though, does the Hi-Fi DAC module come with Bang & Olufsen earphones? If it does then the module is worth.

    • Replicant Jason Booth

      It does

  • KeyserSoze

    By the time these add-ons go on sale, the G6 would have been introduced… with no Friends slot. To keep up with the Joneses, you want to buy the shiny new G6 so you end up bundling your useless add-ons that you paid all that extra money for with the G5 to sell on Ebay for cheap cuz those add-ons won’t work on the G6. Hahahaha, suckers!

    • Nez Alarcon

      modules will stay over the next generations compatible to G6 and so on. that is what LG promised.

  • raines66

    Yeah I fully expect these to be bundled in carrier promotions. I’m just still having trouble with the thought of people using them everyday… Especially considering the case issue.

  • HobgoblinTruth

    Over 700 euros in here Finland… i’ll pass.

  • saksham

    lol this is a joke u want to pay $100 more for modules u wont use half ( maybe 1/4th) of the time

    • Joshua

      I doubt you woul buy all of them. Most likely you might buy one and keep it pluged in.

  • Mail carrier

    For what the phone cost they should include everything. I can go buy a Samsung with a bigger battery great camera and okay sound system for $100 less

    • Replicant Jason Booth

      I just preordered mine… Retail cost is under 600

      • Mail carrier

        I was seeing they expected the g5 to sell at $800, my bad. So that’s a win. My only other hangup would be durability. It seems like the bottom would wear out if battery is changed a lot over time. I guess time will tell, LG definitely hit it out of the park on innovation, If someone made a extended battery TPU case that would wirelessly charge both batteries or one large battery I might eventually buy into it.

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    These prices aren’t bad at all

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    Official oem batteries normally cost 80 plus

    • steadymobb

      Wtf no they don’t

      • Replicant Jason Booth

        Yeah they diddiSamsung Samsung used to charge $80 bucks on their website for official batteries.

    • Jairus

      Hell no, I could get OEM batteries for 25-30 bucks depending on the phone model but never go over 30 bucks.

      • Replicant Jason Booth

        When they first release they are expensive, but the price comes down pretty quickly.

  • EasyCare

    The camera module is worth more than Apple’s $99 Smart Battery Case.

    • Joshua

      That case *shudder*

  • LG is deceiving everyone. You can go for GS7 with bigger battery and good camera for less money with waterproofing. Modular phone is a great concept but this is waay too expensive

    • HobgoblinTruth

      I’d like to know how much G5 would cost if that modular design was removed and it’s only specialty was it’s dual cameras.

  • Ivan Budiutama

    did the spare battery comes with external charger? so you can charge the battery outside the phone. I mean it’s pretty useless if you need to plug the battery to the phone to charge any battery. IMHO

    • Ivan Budiutama

      forget the question, it is package with external charger, nice. I’d consider to get one

    • Joshua

      The battery comes with a charging cradle.

  • Nikkolai Mata

    I hope in the future they will develop an expansion slot, that doesnt need to restart the phone everytime you connect modular accessory.. And hopefully it should be magnetic type…