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LG G5 and Friends to launch in US next month, with free extra battery and charging cradle

LG unveiled its new G5 flagship last month, and details are now beginning to emerge of its launch plans for the device. After pre-orders opened in the UK, priced at £529 GBP (roughly $750 USD), LG has now announced some details of its launch plans for the G5 in the US.

The company says that "consumer anticipation... is high" for its new Android range-topper, and promises that the G5 will launch in the US in early April with support from major carriers - including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular - and retailers such as Best Buy and B&H.

For a limited time, LG will be offering US buyers a free additional battery, along with a battery-charging cradle, when they purchase the G5.

LG has taken an interesting route with its new flagship, by offering 'modular' configurations that will allow owners to swap out new hardware features - such as high-end audio components from Bang & Olufsen, or a camera module with shutter button and extra battery capacity - by inserting 'companion devices' into the G5's Magic Slot, located at the bottom of the device.

The company is building out a hardware ecosystem for the handset with these modular components - along with other devices like a virtual reality headset, and a spherical 'Rolling Bot' - referring to them collectively as 'LG Friends'. LG says 'select' companion devices will be available in the US from April, which suggests that buyers may have to wait a bit longer for some of them to arrive.

LG hasn't yet announced how much the G5 - or its Friends - will cost in the US, but says that further information about pricing and availability will be revealed "in the coming weeks".

Source: Android Police

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