LG G6 to pack a removable battery

While the upcoming LG G6 may differ from the G5 (pictured on the left) by not being a modular device, it looks like it will retain one of the features that many users appreciate on LG's smartphones: a removable battery.

According to The Korea Herald, LG is sticking to removable batteries in order to avoid possible issues related to "safety and yield." The safety bit likely has something to do with Samsung's recent Galaxy Note 7 fiasco: due to defective non-removable batteries, Samsung had to recall the Note 7 twice, ultimately discontinuing it after only a few months of production. Of course, a removable battery could still have issues, but it's easier (and way less expensive) to replace a battery instead of replacing/recalling a phone entirely.

The Korea Herald further reiterates a couple of previous rumors which had it that the G6 would feature an iris scanner that doubles as a front-facing camera, plus LG Pay (LG's own mobile payment system that will presumably be announced next year).

The LG G6 might also bring "new functions" that no other LG phone had before, though it's not clear what these functions are all about.

The commercial insuccess of the G5 left a dent in the profits of LG's Mobile Communications branch, so LG is likely hoping that the G6 can turn its fortunes around. Most probably, the G6 will be officially presented in the first quarter of next year, possibly at MWC 2017 (February 27 - March 2).

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source: The Korea Herald

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16 Comments

1. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

That sounds cool but lg please don't ruin it this time by applying cheap primer to hide the antenna line

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7417; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope LG gets off this metal casing crap band wagon. Go with a material that allows wireless charging, and better wireless reception in general. Who cares if other devices encased their devices with crappy metal. Most people throw a case on their devices anyways. LG I am glad you are sticking to removable batteries. Your one of the last OEMs to do so. Keep it up.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

LG has already ruined the G phones and apparently the Nexus 5X with the bootloop issue. I don't expect the G6 to be any better.

2. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I never have an LG phone. But i think LG flagship phones lack the grace and style Samsung phones have. We all know that industrial look a la Apple (which is now applied by Samsung) is timeless, and most important, sells.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7417; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Samsung never went with a metal back with their flagship devices. Which is smart, because they offer wireless charging. Even Apple themselves is looking to drop the metal back with their next iPhone.

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

- Use the lg v10 design languege in the g6 - make it oled - work/fix your UI .. ( dont make looks cartoonish ) - 3500 mah - 5.4" inch display I'm sure you will sell milions if u do so lg

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This ^.. If only a small phone will come in a V10 form factor. At the end of the day though they're not apple so I don't see them out doing themselves here *yeah, even if I know apple has become pretty lazy of late but still*.

4. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I want that fast wireless charging. Pleas make it oled.

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Wireless charging=No metal at back.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I've never liked integrated batteries. It should become a standard to have removable batteries in everything that is bigger than a Bluetooth earbud...or just give us some zero point energy.

9. shady86

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 25, 2016

Will never buy LG anymore after G4 boot loop crisis

10. ave666

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2016

How about bootloop feature? Do they remove also? Too bad

12. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

LG has to go back to its roots... To the reason that made the LG G series better than the other phones... fantastic screen to phone size ratio. It needs a 5.7" screen with at least 77% or better screen body ratio. A removable battery, SD-Card and powerful stereo speakers.

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

That's fine, but please LG, don't skimp on the build quality this time. Every LG G5 I've seen has build quality defects, indentations on the back, visible antenna lines, missing metallic paint along the edges etc. I'm recommending them right now because they're dirt cheap on contract but the build quality is s**t.

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The most important where LG need to fix is it boot loop issue, since LG G4 this became common thing to LG mobile.

16. BrokenScreen

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2017

I hope it packs a removable battery. There have been already several instances where my phone locks up, or gets a black screen, and nothing works. Trying to reboot does not work either. What works to release phone is removing the battery momentarily, then putting it back. Regardless of whether its abnormal or so is irrelevant. At least this works. We need a removable battery for an easy reboot of an otherwise useleslessly frozen phone.

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