LG G5 ‘Friends’ Companion Devices Bring VR to US Consumers

    Korean technology company LG launched its flagship G5 smartphone in the US back in April. Today sees the arrival of several ‘Friends’ companion devices, allowing US customers to expand the use and functionality of the LG G5 device. These new additions include the LG CAM Plus, LG 360 CAM, LG 360 VR and LG TONE Platinum.

    The LG 360 CAM is compact 360-degree camera that connects to the LG G5 via Bluetooth and with the LG Friends app, allows users to create immersive photos and videos.  The camera has two 13MP 200-degree wide angle lenses and a 1,200mAh battery, providing 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording via three microphones. The 360-degree images or video can then be viewed directly on the smartphone, the LG 360 VR or other smartphones and devices that are capable of displaying 360-degree content.

    While the LG 360 VR is a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that connects with the G5 via a dedicated cable to view VR content. Designed to be foldable and easy to carry, the LG 360 VR doesn’t require a smartphone to be inserted into the device meaning the weight whilst wearing the device is reduced.

    The LG CAM Plus and LG TONE Platinum aren’t VR devices but are the last two pieces in the companion collection. LG CAM Plus is a camera module that can be attached to the LG G5, delivering grip and convenient control similar to a standard camera. And the LG TONE Platinum is a Bluetooth set of in ear headphones supporting 24-bit audio.

    “The LG ‘Friends’ make the G5 so much more than any other phone on the market.  It is the future of smartphone technology, but available today,” said Morris Lee, President of LG Electronics Mobile USA and Head of North America Mobile Business. “With the updated online destination, we are offering our customers yet another way to take advantage of unique LG innovations – from the G5 modular design to the removable battery feature found in the G4 and V10.”

    All the devices can be purchased through LG.com and at various other retailers. The LG 360 VR retails for $199.99 USD while the LG 360 CAM also costs $199.99.

    VRFocus will continue its coverage of LG, reporting back with any further VR announcements.