It took some time, but LG has finally announced when the LG G5 will be officially released. The smartphone will go on sale on March 31 in South Korea and be available in the U.S. on April 1.

Android smartphone fans will soon have two new flagship handsets to consider when upgrading to a new device. HTC is expected to officially announce its follow-up to last year's HTC One M9 in the form of the HTC 10 (One M10) at a rumored press event in April. Press renders of the smartphone leaked in early March, which provided a look at the handset's updated design from all angles, and most recently, a silver variant of the device was spotted in the wild.

LG will also release a new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, which was announced at Mobile World Congress on the same day Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Unlike Samsung, which announced an official release date for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, LG only said the G5 would be released in early April.

We just reported that U.S. Cellular confirmed that it would begin taking preorders for the LG G5 on March 28 and release the modular smartphone on April 1. Now, LG has set the record straight and announced exact release dates for different regions.

LG will begin selling the LG G5 on March 31 in South Korea, and the smartphone will be available in the U.S. a day later, on April 1 from all major U.S. carriers.

The LG G5 features a 5.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 quad-HD display with a pixel density of 554 pixels per inch (ppi) and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU (graphics processing unit) and 4 GB of RAM. It includes 32 GB of internal storage and microSD expansion slot that supports up to 200 GB microSD cards.

The camera capabilities of the LG G5 include a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, OIS (optical image stabilization), LED flash and 8-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and enjoying video chats. The smartphone ships with a removable 2,800 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support, which provides up to an 83 percent charge in 30 minutes.

LG also announced that it would include some promotional gifts with the LG G5, depending on region: these include a modular digital camera add-on, extra battery and charging cradle.

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