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LG Electronics showed off its first modular smartphone, the LG G5, with its B&O sound system and wide-angle lens, at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A modular smartphone is made out of separate components, which enables users to replace or upgrade certain functions independently. Users will be able to pop out the phone's bottom and swap in new hardware features.

The battery is still removable, just not using the traditional methods.

LG announced Sunday its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, an annual industry event held in Barcelona, Spain.
At first glance, the LG G5 looks similar to most Android smartphones on the market. An aluminum frame outlines a high-definition display. Volume buttons now flank the left side, and the power button pulling double-duty as a fingerprint sensor is found just beneath a pair of camera lenses on the back.
What makes LG’s latest flagship smartphone unique is that the bottom of the device houses a slide out module for removing the battery.
Essentially, the company has designed the G5 in such a way that it was able to switch from a plastic housing to aluminum while still boasting a removable battery.
Beyond improving just the phone, LG is turning to a whole collection of products that work with it.
LG will have its own VR headset — a lighter version of Samsung's Gear VR, which came out last fall.
LG designed the LG 360 VR headset to work with an LG smartphone that's attached by a cable. With Samsung's VR device, the smartphone is inserted at eye level and becomes the headset's display, increasing the weight on the head.
LG's version still uses the smartphone to process the images, but instead of displaying them on the phone screen, images get sent to separate, lighter displays in the headset's eyepieces.
LG is also making a 360-degree camera and a spherical robot camera that resembles the BB-8 droid in the new "Star Wars" movie.
Prices and release dates have yet to be announced.
Smartphone manufacturers are struggling to eclipse rivals with only faster processors, higher resolution screens or better cameras - all at ever lower prices.
Only two of the top five vendors, Samsung and Huawei, increased sales in the last quarter. Apple suffered its first quarterly decline, with iPhone sales down 4.4 per cent, according to market research firm Gartner.