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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1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

54. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

56. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

53. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

71. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

66. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014


2. shield

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Very good. Good works LG.

3. shield

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

And LG PLS G Stylus on LG G5.

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

9. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 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

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

burn-in lol ....

14. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

18. FluffyBled unregistered

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

60. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

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

19. geordie8t1

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 16, 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....

72. Antonroman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 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)

25. hakn5897

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 19, 2015

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

26. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

30. av911 unregistered

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

33. yellowbubbles

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

70. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

41. dmh0284

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

61. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 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

59. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 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

6. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

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

7. Kumar123 unregistered

This looks fantastic. Hope its real.

8. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

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

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