Confirmed: LG G3's back cover contains actual metal

Confirmed: LG G3's back cover contains actual metal
This has been a back-and-forth issue even before the introduction of the LG G3 itself, with some sources claiming the phone will sport a back cover made of metal, and others believing that LG will stick with plastic. Once the phone was launched, LG didn't do much to make things crystal clear for us. Instead, it said the body features a matte finish that will keep fingerprints away from the G3's exterior.

So, while most of the press centered around the assumption that the LG G3 is all-polycarbonate (plastic), there were still some who held it that the back is covered with a layer of metal for an extra touch of class. Well, it actually turns out that we've all been correct, or probably more accurately - we've all been wrong, as the truth is somewhere in the middle.

LG has confirmed for us that there's more to the back panel of the LG G3 than a single material... get it? While most of the back cover is made of polycarbonate, it does feature a very, very thin film of real metal somewhere in there. It's not on the surface, so you won't be really touching metal, we've been assured that it's in there, somewhere inside the polycarbonate, in the form of a very thin film.

What's the use in it if it's not adding to the premium exterior of the phone? Well, who knows, the metal film may have a hand in the specific look of the panel, or it may be making it a bit sturdier... who knows. Point it, there's metal in the G3's body and that makes LG's upcoming banger even cooler.

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1. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

...So basically its plastic


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

the metal is probably to reinforce the plastic and make it stronger

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Nope! It has microscopic presence of metal somewhere in between the 1mm thin cover. IT HAS METAL!!

10. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Still plastic with some metal just like paint or dye.

36. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


38. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I don't know about the frame but in the cover I think, it must be just a thin aluminium layer to give real metallic shine

41. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

OMG real actual M E T A L !!!! They will sell zillions.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Metal color....

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So the thin layer of metal is giving the plastic back cover a little more strength

5. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Great. What the LG G3 needs now... is more cowbell!

6. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

who freaking cares.

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

We do.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


9. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Haters please hate.. :D Feels so awesome..

11. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

i just cant understand why people hate GS5 becoz its plastic and love LG G3's plastic ! even thou the GS5 Back cover is soo soft and really looks premium, but i think, its just hating samsung whatever they do !

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No, they are both hideous and cheap plastic. Paying $650 for a plastic phone that looks like it is metal is like buying a Ford Escort with a Mustang Coyote V8 in it and paying the Mustang price instead.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Weird analogy, since this phone hardly performs like a Ford Escort in the smartphone world.

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Does it perform like an Escort with a 400+ HP V8? You know, like the one I mentioned the Escort had in it?

28. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Drop that V8 in the Escort and see how fast you wrap it around a tree. Car analogies for phones are stupid, I've yet to read one that actually makes sense or is applicable.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Never mind, read your sentence wrong :) Didn't know that the Coyote is an engine. You're right :)

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It is the new-gen 5.0. No biggie. We have all misread comments before.

31. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Those good old days, Xr3i, RsTurbo, Granada, Cosworth.

34. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

39. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why what's wrong with those cars?

33. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Still it's a weird analogy because you are still getting the the V8. Cars are not phones so stop trying to compare the two.

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It is, try using 4gbram with A57 cpu clocked at 2.7ghz . Quadcore vs octocore. V6 vs V8 engine 2.5 vs 4.0 engine

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You're right my friend..... It's trend to hate SAMSUNG now... Just like how it was with APPLE 2 years back....

26. joe23521

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Personally, I can't care less about what material it is so long as it looks and feels nice. I hate the GS5 not for its cheap materials, but for its cheap design. That was literally the deal breaker for me. I went to the store three times with cash in hand and walked away all three times.

40. thisismyusername

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

It's because Samsung uses plastic that feels very cheap. That combined with a terrible design leads to an unaesthetic phone.

42. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Because there is good plastic and then there is bad plastic. Samsung uses bad plastic. Everyone else good plastic. Apple uses some plastic and there's is super super good plastic.

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