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LG G6 said to present design changes and ditch removable battery while keeping headphone jack

LG G6 said to present design changes and ditch removable battery while keeping headphone jack
From time to time, we hear the occasional report about how the successor to the LG G5 is coming together. With waterproofing, wireless charging, and MST mobile payments being pondered as possible inclusions, it seems LG is working on adding meaningful improvements to its next hero smartphone. Now, journalist David Ruddock claims to have new information about the device.

Citing an unnamed source, he says LG will add a highly reflective metallic material to the smartphone's rear panel. The LG G5 presented an all-metal design without any covers or ornaments made of other materials, such as glass or leather. So adding glass to the mix could make for a more polished look. However, LG might be doing away with the removable battery, which will be a questionable move considering the lengths it went to create the industry's first metal smartphones with interchangeable batteries, the LG G5 and the LG V20. It was a display of innovative thinking that no other brand demonstrated throughout 2016.

Finally, Ruddock says LG will keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, going opposite the direction Apple (and Samsung, allegedly) have been headed in. We'll be hearing, and likely seeing more of the LG G6 in the months leading to April 2017, which is the most likely timeframe for its launch. As usual, stay tuned.

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17 Comments

1. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Removable batteries haven't moved the needle on LG's last couple of flagships.

5. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They present it as though it's the coolest thing ever cuz nobody else still does it. I haven't needed or wanted to pull a battery out of a smartphone since 2011.

9. andrewc31394

Posts: 295; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i always have a spare battery on me, had way to many phone batteries ruined because nobody understands rapidly charging a phone will reduce battery life in the long run.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2367; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

How long do you keep your smartphone for though? For those who keep their smartphones for 2+ years it is something that is useful as they may not have the funds or wanting to upgrade their devices yet but usually the battery loses it's full charge capability. In fact, even after a year of normal use you should see degradation in the battery that won't give you the same charge as a a brand new battery. http://www.businessinsider.com/smartphone-batteries-are-only-meant-to-last-a-year-2015-10 I know this article is from a year ago, but I doubt smartphone manufacturers have fixed this issue. According to this research, batteries are only meant to last a year.

6. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

The reason the G4 and the G5 has not being a home run is because LG is making the wrong decisions. The extra screen is just taking space that was better used for a bigger screen. The G2 and the G3 had a bigger screen to phone size ratio. The allegedly improved sound quality is useless without powerful stereo speakers. At least the moved the volume buttons back to the side... Now removing the removable battery will be like putting the last nail in the LG coffin... RIP LG if they make that last mistake...

12. rkoforever90

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

they should be able to make a better design and put a larger non removable battery, its not really possible to have a design like iphone or s7 edge with a removable battery

2. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

removable batteries are okay as long as the oems dont cripple the battery life just to force people to use the feature.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Still holding out hope for removable battery since LG did that with a premium design on the V20. Otherwise hope LG goes out of business. (no removable battery is BULLSHlT)

4. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Eliminating the removable battery will be the dead of LG. The removable battery and the SD card slot are probably the main if not the only reason people that buy LG phones buy them instead of a Samsung or any other brand... LG thinks that people that buy the G5 buy them because of its full time on top border screen or allegedly better sound quality but in reality is because of its removable battery & SD card. The extra screen and better sound processor is just that something extra!

18. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Pretty much this, though I do find myself utilizing the second screen a lot more than I did my Note 4's S-pen.

7. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's sad that LG "modular" design hasn't even come to light, Moto Z slapped LG G5 right on the face, LG's solution to modularity is far too inconvenient. if only Moto/Lenovo is as big as Samsung or Apple, modular design could be everywhere, instead they are focusing on removing 3.5mm jack. ok.

8. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Put a bigger battery in your damn phone! It's funny how a low end LG x power has 4000mah battery but the G5 has 2800.lol

11. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Good job LG

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I hope G6 will end the bootloop curse.

14. Menkara

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2016

Just improve battery, processor and camera of G3. It is that simple.

15. govind_dheda

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

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17. Nonsholant

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

I love LG but they're going to "decide" their way into oblivion (at least in the US), a la BlackBerry & HTC, if they stay on this path. IMO, the back buttons made them unique from other phones. I'm glad they tried out modular but it's too gimmicky for most. Especially since you have to spend more money to utilize to feature. The G2 was a strong, functional phone. The G3 & G4 added design to functionality but wasn't quite there due to glitches, etc. The G5 should've been "that phone." The G5 they released seemed like an unfinished product to me. The V20 seemed like the "more finished" version of the G5 (obviously, there's different feature on the former). Long story short, I was just disappointed with the path LG took & with the LG G5 overall because I know it could've been so much better. I hope they can find their way back but I'm not holding my breath this time.

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