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LG G5 leak points towards metal body and dual camera setup, among other interesting developments

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The purported first glimpse of the LG G5 is a fine thing to look at!

The purported first glimpse of the LG G5 is a fine thing to look at!


Fans of LG smartphones are in for a treat, as today may be the first time we catch a glimpse of a prototype LG G5, along with a purported spec sheet. Coming in courtesy of Reddit user mobile_leaks, the list drips with heavyweight hardware.

Although everyone can put together something like that and throw it on the Internet nowadays, mr. Leaks really seems to be in on the good stuff. Apparently, he has a prototype unit inside a black case, which obscures the design to prevent leaks... how ironic!

Let's go through the main points of interest, shall we?

  • A full metal body is claimed, and shiny material is visible through the holes in the prototype casing. Mr. Leaks also claims that the phone probably has no removable battery, but there's still a microSD slot. "This is the device for people who want to upgrade from LG G2" - he remarked.
  • Speaking of which, the LG G5 supposedly has a 5.3-inch display. Mind you, other leaks have described a 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch screen, so that's still up for discussion.
  • A Snapdragon 820 chipset with 3GB of RAM is said to power the smartphone. This is one of the most solid rumors about the LG G5, and at this point, we can't picture anything other than Qualcomm's 2016 flagship processor running the mains.
  • A dual camera setup is visible in the photo, described as two units — a 16MP one and an 8MP one. There's a laser autofocus module, and possibly a color spectrum sensor, although the latter isn't mentioned. The leakster speaks of a heart rate sensor, though.
  • An 8-megapixel front camera is taking selfies. The leakster doesn't mention anything about the heavily rumored iris scanner developed by LG and Irience. There is a fingerprint reader, however, built in the power key as in the LG V10.
  • The LG UI no longer has an app drawer.
  • Misc features, such as an IR blaster on top, a single speaker on the back, a USB-C port, and a "pressure sensor" are mentioned. It's not clear whether that's atmospheric pressure, or a pressure-sensitive screen.

Whew, that was a fair bit to go through! This is an interesting leak for sure, and even if half of it turns out real, then LG will be taking its next flagship smartphone to some interesting places. By the way, don't miss out on our LG G5 rumor review if you want the most in-depth rumored information about the upcoming flagship.

source: Reddit

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posted on 23 Dec 2015, 03:33 18

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


LG is stepping up their game year after year. Kudos to LG for that.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 11:06 3

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


NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL
The removable battery is the ONLY reason I will buy LG over the S7.
If not, I'll just keep my S5 indefinitely.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 14:00

49. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


They need to stick with a steel subframe and removable back.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 17:41 2

52. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2033; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Equals a "fail" for *you*. You forgot to add that. The vast majority of the buying public couldn't care less about a removable battery.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 18:49

54. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


my co worker and just go the lg v10 and after trying it out today i still say hell no to the back buttons just stupid area even he hates it and he is coming from a m8 switching carriers.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 23:31 1

55. dbmcelroy (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


engineer, sorry you and your co-worker dislike the back buttons. To me they are more ergonomic than side buttons. They are positioned exactly where my fingers fall to hold the phone in my hand. Seems like a natural extension. Also I really like the totally clean sides. I can hold the phone horizontally, to watch a video, or take a picture, and there is zero chance that I will accidentally hit the on off button or volume accidentally.
But truthfully, after 2 years with the G2 and 3 months now with the v10, the only times I ever touch the back buttons is to turn the phone completely off for a long flight once a month or so. I typically just wake or sleep the phone with the double tap and control volume with the screen slider. When I use someone elses non lg phone or pick up my samsung tablet i an stymied why the double tap wont wake the screen, I'm so used to it I'd hate to be without that touch control. I hope you and your co-worker can make some adjustment and perhaps come to appreciate it's virtues.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 03:45 23

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This is the device for people who want to upgrade from LG G2

Finally someone understands how awesome G2 was compared to its crappy successors with battery life issues. My G2 still gets 6 hour SoT while G3 or G4 will die at 3 hour SoT with similar usage.

I hope the 5.3" screen is true.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 05:17 4

8. vuyonc (Posts: 1021; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Yaaaas. For too long, the G series has been a little too big.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 05:39 5

9. willzzz (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Yes, a G2 replacement is long overdue. Really hoping for a 5.3" screen in a phone the same size as the G2, for too long LG have been slipping backwards on screen to body ratio.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 06:33

15. vincelongman (Posts: 4570; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


LG and Google, please make a "Nexus 5P"
5.3" screen in the body of a Nexus 5 would be perfect upgrade for me!

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 09:29 1

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


LG please also put the camera of Nexus 6p with OIS, in G5... and if you want to make a metal phone then please use titanium or atleast use the same steel which is used in V10... It will be a perfect choice then

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 05:42 4

10. willzzz (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 May 2015)


PS. Remember, a year ago LG announced a 5.3" screen with the world's thinnest bezel. Oh and hopefully they'll stick at 1080p if it is only 5.3".

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 05:46 8

11. Johnnie_Tap (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


The LG G2 was one of my best & favourite phones of all time. Definitely the best Android Smartphone I have ever owned. For now I'm rocking an iPhone 6, but very tempted to go back to LG. In my own opinion & taste, LG is the best Android Smartphone manufacturer. IN MY OWN OPINION. Taste differs from anyone. However, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ almost pushed me to the point of swapping in my iPhone 6.
LG should really bring down the G5's screen size. It's way too big. The LG G2 was the best G series phone to date.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 05:57

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I share your opinion. That phone was amazing for its time and most definitely the best phone if 2013. Except it's poor design and slippery plastic, there was no flaw in the phone. It was fast, efficient, the battery lasted forever and it had features like OIS in 2013.

I still have it and it works great. I won't swap it as my daily driver but it was one hell of a phone. I would love if LG made a G5 like G2.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 06:24

14. Swiff (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


I fully agree with you bro. I still use my g2 as a back up but I am now using an iPhone 6s which is good phone though I prefer the screen size of the G2. If the G4 had a G2 screen size with a strong SOC I would have gotten it.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 07:21

18. WPX00 (Posts: 347; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Yep, two people in my family with a G2 haven't found a real replacement for it. My dad still uses one as one of his two phones, as being a cheapskate he'll wait for its last dying breath before getting rid of it, and also my uncle, who thinks the G4 is flat out ugly, and the V10 too big.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 08:20

23. natypes (Posts: 1099; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I'll agree there. I had a G2 and it was a solid, solid device.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 08:54

25. jeroome86 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


True. The G3 and G4 kinda let downs. Looks like a stellar year for LG coming up.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 10:47

39. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


And the G2 is pretty cheap now.
It's still worth to be a daily driver!

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 09:14 1

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


I hope they will use a bigger sensor in the camera and I hope they will not use dual camera for the sack of silly bokeh effect only... I hope they will merg the pixels on both cameras in real time to create a larger 2um pixel to give good photo result

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 18:47 1

53. deftozzz (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


6 SoT? Only f*in crist my average is 3.5 with Wi-Fi always on as brightness at 75%. What am I doing wrong?

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 03:45 3

3. Shocky (unregistered)


I hope they can deliver a better camera this year, the LG G4 camera was hit and miss, some great shots but also so quite bad shots.

It wasn't until you put them side by side with images from a number of different devices did it become apparent how bad some of them were, which is why it came last in a recent camera comparison on AA.

Great potential but they need to work on the image quality a little more, the software side in terms of the manual mode is great though.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 03:46 3

4. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Where are Qualcomm Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint readers? It should be a part of S820... The best place for fingerprint reader is under screen.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 04:11

5. shield (Posts: 317; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


where the laser autofocus? that he looked different than the versions you transition.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 17:25

50. VVayne (Posts: 97; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


It's more a marketing gimmick than a true feature. The IR sensor does not have a long working distance, maybe few feet, but that's about it. If LG improves phase detection autofocus or brings up some other feature we won't really need another sensor. I've used a G4 and using 6S+ now. The AF is so fast and fluid even without an IR sensor, so I hope LG improves here.

Or - they have a new strong marketing feature like DCI standard this year.... Which is good, unfortunately really usable only in cinemas, every single one content you display on your mobile phone screen is encoded in S-RGB standard... Good for ad, bad for everyday usage - which was the strongest reason I got rid of the G4....

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:41

58. TBomb (Posts: 769; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I thought IR was Infared Remote? Like it can be a universal remote... what does that have to do with auto focus? Or am I wrong with what IR is.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 04:24

7. carlemillward (unregistered)


I'm more interested in LG's new UI. Also are they also going the thin route at the expense of battery capacity, LG G2, G3, G4 all had 3000mah, so I'd expect nothing less.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 06:05 1

13. TheYellowFlash (Posts: 38; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


They should release 2 variants but same specs. One with 5.2" FHD screen with at least 3000mah battery. The other one in 5.5" or 5.7" QHD screen with at least 3500mah.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 07:34 2

19. gersont1000 (Posts: 381; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I think they can just take care of that bigger one with the V10 2.

posted on 23 Dec 2015, 09:11

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


placement of their power button and volume button is wrong... which doesnt allow to put bigger battery... I dont think LG will be able to put battery bigger than 3000mah

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