LG G5 Magic Slot accessories explained – and could we also get a VR headset?


Earlier today, we got our first look at a potential LG G5 Magic Slot accessory. We’ve heard time and time again that the G5 would use this expansion port to allow for the attachment of new hardware modules, with early reports mentioning possible options like a physical QWERTY keyboard, an extra camera, or some manner of VR hardware. What we saw today, though, didn’t immediately look like any of those – it had a bunch of buttons, and one obvious dial, but no lenses or ports of its own that we could see – so what was it? Our answer may already be available, as we hear specifics about two possible Magic Slot modules.

The image we saw before (below) is reportedly of the LG Cam Plus, an accessory that in its description reminds us most of the Lumia 1020 Camera Grip: it should make the phone easier to hold while being used as a camera while offering convenient hardware-button access to camera controls and augmenting the phone’s existing battery with its own 1100mAh cell.

In addition to that, we heard that LG will release the Hi-Fi Plus, an external DAC supposedly developed with help from Bang and Olufsen. We don’t have a lot of info on what features to expect from this guy just yet, and beyond the obvious support for high-quality audio output, we suppose it could pack features like a dedicated headphone amp.

There’s also word about some non-Magic-Slot G5 accessories, including the Rolling Bot camera drone (which you could steer around your house and use it to talk with smart appliances), a spherical LG 360 Cam that sounds a lot like Samsung’s rumored Gear 360, and maybe even a dedicated VR viewer, the LG 360 VR

The LG 360 VR should feature its own LCD screen (with an 83-degree lens) and be packed with motion-tracking sensors, but we haven’t heard a lot yet about its operation: will it stream content from the G5, or act as its own smart device? We also hear that it will be very lightweight – will that translate into a low price tag? All we know is that we’re getting increasingly excited for LG’s Sunday launch event.


Source: Venture Beat

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