LG has accepted that its modular concept for the LG G5 hasn’t been very successful. Speaking to reporters at Pune, LG India MD, Kim-Ki-Wan, said that the company is in the process of taking an internal call for the future of its modular smartphones. “Modular phones are not very successful,” said Ki-Wan, admitting that the LG G5 has failed to impress consumers with its modularity.
The device, which was announced at MWC 2016, was seen as a revolutionary smartphone. However, LG launched only two true modules for the device, and its execution for the G5 was far from perfect. Not only are LG’s modules expensive right now, they weren’t supremely useful either. In addition, no more modules for the LG G5 have been announced yet, and given that LG’s sales numbers for smartphones have been lacklustre any way, there’s little hope for a future.
The modular smartphone concept seems to be fading slowly, with the Lenovo owned Motorola being the only one still in the market. According to reports, Google has also pulled the plug on its Project Ara, while Motorola and Lenovo still seem hopeful. A new module for Motorola’s Moto Z smartphone was announced just yesterday, by Hasselblad, but that also seems quite expensive.