LG G6 might not be a modular smartphone

If you like the idea behind the LG G5 smartphone, and you're hoping that its successor will improve on it (by refining the modular concept), you might be in for a disappointment. According to Korean website ET News, the LG G6, which should replace the G5 (pictured on the left), will not feature a modular design. 

Reportedly, multiple industry sources are saying that the G6 will have an "integral structure" instead of a modular one. Thus, the phone could resemble a V20 without a secondary screen, rather than a G5. ET News has it that various G6 components, including boards and audio chips, are "being prepared" with a non-modular design in mind.

This new report contradicts what an LG official said back in September, namely that the company would stick with the modular design for next year's flagship phone. Sure enough, the company may have changed its mind since last month, and it could, indeed, ditch the modular concept, though for now we can't be sure of anything.

Modular or not, the LG G6 should - according to ET News - come with mysterious "new functions" that no other LG smartphone had before. There's no word on what these functions imply, but we can think of at least one new feature that the G6 would benefit from: water resistance.

Most probably, the LG G6 will be announced and released in the first quarter of 2017, about 1 year after the G5 (which was officially unveiled in February at MWC 2016).

What direction do you think LG should adopt with the G6?

source: ET News

FEATURED VIDEO

26 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

It won't be missed.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7190; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well I have the cam plus module, and the 360 VR headset. The 360 VR headset works through USB-C. So as long as they continue to support their 360 VR headset, then I am okay with that. Besides there was only hi-fi dac module, which I never purchased, and the cam plus modules. So it's not like they made a lot of modules. Also the Moto Z module implementation is superior IMHO. I still really like LG with their removable batteries.

4. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yes, keep the removable battery and make use of clear sight by qualcomm, meaning you use dual cams the right way instead of using that silly wide angle crap.

18. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

MAKE A SMALLER MODEL AT 5" like the S7. Not everyone's cup of tea to carry around a phablet. More battery juice please... Use clear sight and improve night shots. No useless curved screen sides like S7E. Like Note 7 is ok.

21. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

No lower hardware in the "small" model.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I hope they stick with it. It's a great idea, just needs better execution.

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Removable battery or bust.

6. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG pls 4000mAh battery. Grr :D and New design. And IP68.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I like it that LG pushes new and exciting features to the market. Kudos to them.

8. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Keep the removable battery but make it bigger then what you put into the G5.,....as far as the modules are concerned, they can ditch them.

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Brilliant. Sarcasm. They did promised friends will be usable for the next G6 flagship. You can't take this OEM seriously. Not after that.

10. Nopers unregistered

I don't really blame them though. The G5 was a huge failure because of the modularity so why bother using it in the G6?

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I would say be careful with such statements. That will cripple LG reputation even further. I think it would be wise to at least partially to refund Friend products because there are people who solely opted for modular option wit h G6 in mind.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7190; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There are only two module friends that go into the bottom of the LG G5. The other 3 friends like the battery case, 360 camera, and the 360 VR headset can be used with any other smartphones.

24. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Battery case is modular. I don't think it will be compatible wirh G6 because modular experiment badly failed with LG.

12. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Upgrade the V34 with newer SoC and camera. Higher battery capacity (the new tech that gives higher validity in same size).

13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Make it oled , ips is trash!

16. V1nC3

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

OLED, it will be : )

23. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

It's the poor colour calibration that I mind more then if it's ips/oled.

14. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What I'd like it to be: Basically a V34 without the secondary display, larger capacity removable battery, active dual SIM, based on SD830 (if available), with UFS microSD slot, and wireless charging.

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Oh well they tried so you can't really knock them for that. I hope they bring back the G4 design and without the BootLoop problems.

26. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I agree. I like the idea of an aluminum battery door similar to the one on the v20, but the dual cam setup looks hideous. A design like the g4 with an array of battery door textures (denim, leather, carbon, aluminum) would be delicious.

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Best way to enjoy the G6 is to get a S8...

22. gunawanagung

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 24, 2016

Indeed

20. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

I honestly hope this isn't true. Although there's room for improvement from the G5 to the G6, it's a great phone. Modularity isn't a mistake. It wasn't it's downfall. Reviewers bashed it for BS reasons like the build quality. Didn't have any problems with mine. It's a beast. Just didn't get enough attention like the HTC 10. IMO having modularity for future G series phones would build trust and loyalty from their user base. It's a selling point no other OEM has. Motorola had a better implementation, but LG could refine their Friends components.

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So NO friends and only enemies...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.