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Alleged LG G5 render shows all-metal body, wacky mechanism to ensure removable battery

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Alleged LG G5 render shows all-metal body, wacky mechanism to ensure removable battery

Alright, folks, now that MWC 2016 is fast approaching, we should certainly be bracing ourselves for a wave of upcoming leaks, rumors, and news about the top-tier smartphones that some of the biggest manufacturers are about to introduce. Some reports will be true, others false, and some will be downright crazy. The best thing about them is that we can't be a hundred percent sure which is what until the manufacturer actually unveils the handset in question, so there's intrigue, drama, and plenty of speculation to be had.

Sorry about the slight tangent in the beginning there, but we are preparing you for something that may seem a bit outlandish. An eyewitness leaked some information to CNet Korea, who even created a render based on the testimony, showing us what the LG G5's design will look like.

Allegedly, LG decided to go the all-metal route this time around. The device does away with the rounded back legacy of its predecessors, and the slightly curved profile of the LG G4. Instead, it's flat and thin, with rounded-off edges and soft corners. The volume buttons have been removed from the back and placed on the left frame instead. But there's a twist – its battery is still removable!

The report says that LG's engineers spent quite a lot of time on figuring out how to keep the battery user-replaceable, despite the new design. They worked on a mechanism, which allows the bottom bezel to be removed and the juicer to be taken out with ease. After some prototyping, the team ended up with a drawer-like design, reportedly to minimize water and dust ingress hazards.

If true, this design language choice would strike us as a bit of an off-beat decision by LG. The company spent years perfecting the tech for curved phones — most prominently seen on the LG G Flex and G Flex 2 — which gave the G4 its distinct arch. The company also strayed away from metal and glass, which is currently the hip material combination to have on your flagship, and dared to experiment with a less-popular luxury material — namely, the genuine leather backs. Still, both the banana-shaped G Flex 2 and leather-clad G4 didn't really perform well throughout 2015, which is probably why the company started to change directions in some of its decisions. This is evident in the LG V10 phablet – a different design language, which may borrow cues from the older handsets, but looks all-new, with a few fresh new features and, dare we say, innovative choices.

So, assuming this render depicts the real thing, we wouldn't be surprised if LG tries to retain one of its flagships' signature features — a removable battery — while inventing some outlandish mechanism to do so. In fact, we find it kind of cool. But the overall redesign decision strikes us as a “If you can't outsell them – join them” decision, similar to the one HTC took when it built the One A9, and we are not sure how to feel about that.

Thanks for the tip, T B!


source: CNet Korea (translated) via AndroidWorld

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posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:22 12

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1384; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Wooww... First impression: Extra ordinary.
Fantastic...!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:52 2

22. zeeBomb (Posts: 1849; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Lmao I visioned something like this from LG, very ordinary but it (should) works well. Nice LG!

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 12:00

47. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


wtf i posted on pa last year or year before this design when people said no removeable battery for gs6 i said put a removeable base to slide a battery in like old sd cards.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 12:43 2

54. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thanks God that lg is getting rid of back buttons... I always think it as a wrong placement

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 13:01

56. manojmcn (Posts: 422; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


The finger print scanners still seems on the back. Means every time you need to have the phone on your hand to unlock. For a lot of people who occupy office chairs for a long time with phone placed near on the table its a pain.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 12:35 3

53. manojmcn (Posts: 422; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Commendable approach if the battery size & life is good. But its bad that the render is looking like a mix of Note II & iphone 6 Plus. What needs to be seen is if the priority is on a removable battery alone, how it can hold against S7 versions which may have a sufficiently bigger battery plus waterproof & wireless charging capability with Samsung pay. Not sure LG can manage these three into the new flagship in short time.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 09:04

71. gersont1000 (Posts: 298; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


But this render is just to illustrate the idea. It has nothing to do with how the phone will look in detail.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 21:35 2

66. QWERTYphone (Posts: 654; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


REMOVABLE BATTERY AND METAL CONSTRUCTION MAKES THE G5 THE BEST PHONE OF 2016 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:26 2

2. shield (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Very good. Good works LG.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:28

3. shield (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


And LG PLS G Stylus on LG G5.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:28 10

4. haikallp (Posts: 198; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Ah, so this is the magic slot they talked about.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:30 6

5. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If only the screen would be as good as the screen in the S7....
If it is OLED and has better battery than the S7 I will buy it but I doubt it.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:35 2

9. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I don't think oled is good technology for latest smartphone. They can have burn-in so easily....
When this is solved, it is best technology

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:39 15

11. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


burn-in lol ....

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:42 14

14. yonith (Posts: 144; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


My Galaxy S3 had an OLED screen and I never experienced burn-in. I used that phone for Damn near 3 years.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:47 3

18. FluffyBled (Posts: 504; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


1 and a half year with my Galaxy S5 ... no burn-ins in there :o ... i think that guys is hallucinating!

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 15:24 3

60. Romantico3pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


leave the screen on for 3 hours and it will sure burn in, if you dont believe just do it

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:50 7

19. geordie8t1 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)


yawn with so called burn in issues, rubbish, i havent seen a phone do that since the galaxy s2, and back then there was no doubt it was an issue but not in modern devices....

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 17:50

72. Antonroman (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2016)


In our phone store the lumia 1020, Galaxy S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge and Edge + all suffer from screen burn, in fact Samsung send us replacement units every 6 months because it's difficult to sell phones with burnt in images all over the screen. Albeit these handsets are constantly on demo loops. No other phones suffer from this apart from those with amoled screens. Never had a customer come in with the issue though but it does still happen to all of our demo Samsungs (not the budget J series though lol)

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:03 1

25. hakn5897 (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Dec 2015)


so easily.. lol. I don't think you are using galaxy.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:08 2

26. skymitch89 (Posts: 1292; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


To the people saying that burn-in is not an issue, it is if the display is left on a single image for too long. One of my local BestBuy stores has a Note 5 that already has burn-in.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:23 1

30. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


How many people leave their phones on a static image? I set my S4 screen-off time to 10 minutes and it's fine.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:37 1

33. yellowbubbles (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


You guys do know that the LG phones have software buttons, right? That is static and will cause burn in over time, unlike the Galaxy phones which have a hardware and capacity buttons.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 13:46 1

57. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


LG phones use LCD displays though, it is much much much harder for it to get screen burn in then OLED displays as OLED displays are organic and literally decay overtime

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 09:03

70. gersont1000 (Posts: 298; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


But the only reason I would see someone leaving their phone on for hours without moving around the interface would be to watch a movie. And in that case, the on screen buttons disappear until you touch the screen.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:11 6

41. dmh0284 (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


No one on Earth can replicate the usage conditions that a Best Buy display phone experiences. Only in those extreme conditions do these screens exhibit burn-in, so it's a moot point.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 15:25 1

61. Romantico3pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


well i did my galaxy s6 burned in after a 6 hour trip to las vegas using it as a navigation device so they do burn sir

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 15:23 1

59. Romantico3pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


the only reason i buy lg phones is because they dont use oled, if they switch to oled i will have to stop buying LG phones. i just hate the fact that i cant use an oled phone as a navigation device for long periods because it will burn. and thats a fact

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:32

6. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


The article also says volume button was placed to the side because they want to increase their size of the fingerprint sensor.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:32 4

7. Kumar123 (limited) (Posts: 559; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


This looks fantastic. Hope its real.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:34 1

8. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 293; Member since: 13 May 2014)


This would be revolutionary and with a slimmed down UI they would have have great success this year.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:36

10. hortizano (Posts: 290; Member since: 22 May 2013)


I think this leak hunters just jump the shark this time... but I'll wait patiently.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:39 2

12. Dude2014 (Posts: 436; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Pls change your UI and I'm in.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:40 3

13. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


i hate their ui .. looks so ugly with boxy icons

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:41 5

36. wargreymon (Posts: 678; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Why are you complaining about icons on Android?

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:42 1

15. ibend (Posts: 3818; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


how durable is that mechanism? -_-
what if something stuck inside when I replace battery?
what if it opened by itself?
what if it not locked / getting loose / wobble?
what if the drawer break / bend?
did that bottom part only for mic and USB port? and lots of empty space?

a bit sceptical for this design, but maybe they already overcome those problem :-/

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:13 1

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1292; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


An answer to a couple of your questions:

what if something stuck inside when I replace battery?

What if you never had to replace the battery? Then there would be almost 0 chance of something getting stuck.

what if it opened by itself?

Having a case on the phone would solve that issue.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:44 4

16. shield (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Abdoualgeria:LG UI is bes, better than lagwiz :D

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:50 3

20. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


i bet u dont have s6 , s6E , S6E+ or n5

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:46

37. wargreymon (Posts: 678; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


I'm not saying you are wrong or anything, but I have seen this for every new generation of Samsung. S lagged, but S is totally lagfree. (Where x > y).

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:19 1

42. SenorThrottles (Posts: 276; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The performance of my old LG G3 was actually worse than my Nexus 5, so I think still LG has a lot of work to do with their UI. Also, you should try the new touchwiz, its much smoother and faster, though its still not quite as good as stock android.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 15:32 1

76. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Yes very true..But LG change things with the G4 and v10.They are realy snappy.faster than touchwiz or the new nexus phones.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:44 1

17. Joosty (Posts: 115; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Uh oh. LG spicing things up! This is going to be a great year. Now remove that silly rear speaker lol

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:51 1

21. Emmanuelz (Posts: 154; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


This looks hot but need to get rid of the ugly u.i

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:53 2

23. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


nova exists for ppl lke u ;)

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:19 3

43. SenorThrottles (Posts: 276; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Nova can't change LG's ugly menus and notification shade.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:54 10

24. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Looks like nobody here saw Samsung 'Wave' series. They also had metal and removable battery.

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/104429-image/Samsung-Wave-3-Review-Design-12.jpg

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 18:12 2

64. BLSEOTB (Posts: 331; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


http://commentphotos.com/images/opengraph/CommentPhotos.com_1392062612.jpg

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:08

27. KyleRiemen (Posts: 118; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)


G4 Design is beautiful. They should keep it and go for thinner bezels.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:20

29. carlemillward (unregistered)


I was actually thinking of this idea, I remember my HTC Desire S battery used to slide out the bottom using a flap mechanism.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:33

31. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Yes, nothing new with this design

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:33 1

32. kerginaldo17 (Posts: 167; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Congrats, LG, for the removable batt plus.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:39

34. shield (Posts: 221; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


LG also had a cellphone that was all metal and could there one can easily replace the battery was the LG KE970 Shinehttp://www.gsmarena.com/lg_ke970_shine-review-136.php

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:50

38. Loubielou (Posts: 505; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Lg as really shown up Samsung by producing a Metal phone with removable battery,This is Why the Design team at Samsung is really struggling at the moment and needs a big shake up,or end up like the predictions are forecasting that Samsung will struggling to be successful

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 12:01

48. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


WTF are you talking about?

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/104429-image/Samsung-Wave-3-Review-Design-12.jpg

^^ Check this, you don't need design team from NASA to build metal phones!

Forget about Samsung forecasts, worry about LG first. Samsung's margins have reduced, but what has LG earned? It's in red, and actually losing money. So stop thinking about Samsung, worry about LG. Only company that makes more money than Samsung in mobile is Apple. Rest don't even make any money to talk about.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 03:19

68. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1856; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I could have sworn LG was still turning a small profit?

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 12:22

50. ph00ny (Posts: 1197; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Didn't AT&T's version of S1 come with metal casing?

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:52

39. DmitrLP (Posts: 289; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


Hope it´s real, i´m down on it if it is.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:02

40. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The battery might be relatively small with any proprietary circuitry and other components :/

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:46

44. realjjj (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


now can they do a version with no chin at all....

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