LG V20 will ditch modular in favor of a sliding rear door, says report

LG V20 will ditch modular in favor of a sliding rear door, says report
The LG V20 is just a couple of days from its grand unveiling, and after the lackluster sales of its flagship G5, the company will be looking to make a big statement. Despite a consensus of indifference, it has been suggested that the modular aspect of the G5 could once again be deployed with the forthcoming phablet. According to a new report on the matter, though, the V20 will not offer support for LG's fleet of Friends add-ons

But the story doesn't quite end there. According to a report from c|net Korea, the V20 will include a rather quirky, slide-out compartment on the left side of the device's rear. By the touch of a button on the edge of the device, a door opens to reveal the (presumably removable) battery, along with SIM and microSD slots. 

The report includes a handful of renders to illustrate the device's idiosyncrasy. Keep in mind that the images are based on an eyewitness account, so are in no way official or necessarily representative of the final product. While the renderings do appear to suggest that the bottom part of the device will also be removable, the accompanying report hastens to add that this will not be the case. 

This isn't the first time that such a sliding mechanism has been seen in the smartphone industry. As you may recall, the HTC Desire HD included something very similar. 

It remains to be seen if this feature will have any impact on the company's flagging sales. The South Korean firm's first attempt to bring something new to the table this year did prompt quite a bit of initial excitement. But while it seemed like people were tripping over one another to praise the modular marvel right after the unveiling, sales didn't live up to the fanfare. 

Looking at the V20's rumored list of features and specs, it strongly emanates a device with a point to prove — not that this is necessarily a bad thing. The device, which briefly got some airtime in a recently-leaked video, looks set to pack a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage and a baked in, 32-bit Quad DAC chip for audiophiles. It's also confirmed as the first handset to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and based on today's evidence, the purported 4000 mAh battery will be removable.

The gallery below showcases the sliding mechanism. As noted earlier, the renders are based upon an eyewitness account, and should only be considered a guide as to the new feature. Take a look, and be sure to share your initial thoughts in the comments. 

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)

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43 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Neat!!!!!!!!

4. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Still it will be flimsy and tacky. If they want to take ques from other sources, where it has sliding mechanism with with 4 strong neodymium magnets. So it stays super intact.

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

dude..shut up. Hold it in your hands before you talk.

30. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Sliding Door like a SUV? :P

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't wait to get my hands on this beast!

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

interesting

5. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Can't wait!

6. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

Good a much convenient way . Hope they dont ruin it again with that earlier bootloop and horrible lg g5 light bleedproblem .Now lg ball is in ur court u better score it right.

23. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Hillary is a criminal...? Err... Are we talking about Hilary Swank...? And please, do forgive my ignorance, my liege... I happen to live in Aussie Land which is akin of living under a rock...

26. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I like your sense of humor. If ya may - would ya say hello to Steve Irwin for me mate?

7. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Love the 4000mah . Leave the same design as V10, then definitely interested in.

20. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Design is the most ugly part of v20. V10 was a really beauty.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

if its a metal phone with a 4000 mah removable battery and a good build quality then this might be the best move any OEM have done in 2016

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm definitely in love with the secondary display concept, which, IMHO is WAY better and productive (not to mention power efficient) than Edges and AODs (Always On Display, duh!)... But that's just me... V'Day!

11. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

same here i think people should stop bashing LG and start giving them credit for trying new things and not sticking to the basics like samsung , not hating on samsung but even if they fail at least they are trying to innovate in a world of boring flagships ...

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's a tough crowd here, Agent Zero... Not pointing my finger at anyone or anything, but around here, you'll meet more Sammy Fanboys than anywhere else... I wonder why these folks don't hang around on Samsung Forums...? Is it about bragging rights? Or... Is it about inferiority complex? Well, I'm letting you be the judge of that...! But whatever the reason may be, People should keep an open mind when it comes to smartphones... Anyhow, V'Day!

18. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Why don't you hang around on Apple's, since you secretly love and admire Apple. But you claim not too, because you will be called and poked at. Very smart old guy you are.

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nah... Not Very smart, just slightly above average at 120 IQ... But that was a long ago, now I doubt I'd be able to break the 100 I.Q barrier... Anyhow, do I admire iPhones? Yes... But not ' secretly' as you're trying to imply... As many know, I also love Nexus and Windows Platform... Same about Blackberry OS, specially BB10... Am I still biased...? Well, think what you want, mate... We live in a democracy, after all...! V'Day!

24. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

its not just here, every review on youtube even every written review ... its all bashing companies that fail trying to innovate ... Huawei did it with the dual cameras and it worked well , LG tried modules and didn't do so well and you see the bashing everywhere, i understand samsung are doing well in the android world right now but its been 3 years with only a curved screen ... they are even unable to optimize the software ! my Note 5 is a fantastic phone but the software is a battery hog on standby ... even the P9 the G5 and the 5X have better standby time than the galaxy S7 ... and still they praise them for doing the exact same thing for 3 years ... apple went through this in the iphone 4s - iphone 5s phase but now they are trying things like 3D touch .. like dual cameras ... this is what pushes tech forward ...

27. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Amoled screens Ultra power saving mode Edge screen Iris scanner Note pen Dual pixel focus Just to name a few that Samsung brought to the table...

28. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

i said 3 years , the edge screen is the only thing i can see that samsung tried in the past 3 years , dual pixels is just a new autofocus method and iris scanners werent invented this year ... the last real powerhouse phone that samsung made was the note 3 .. that was a perfect phone

29. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Samsung fanboy trolling

40. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG IPS OIS No bezzels 3D Smartphone Dual camera Selfie/Groufie Wide Angle Camera G5 Laser-autofocus Curved Display First QHD Worldwide...

21. TechSingularity

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

@Agent Zero Right on man!

42. pp3k3jamail

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 31, 2013

You sound stupid samsung innovatives as well, the curved display the iris scanner along with other features like split screen. Don't act like Samsung is Apple. Oh and I have the LG v10 and LG g4

12. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I guess water proofing is most definitely out the window with this rumor. Not that anyone said it would be water resistant though.

13. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Since when is one add on a "fleet"?

14. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Too bad. Modularity had a ton of potential. I hate to see them abandon it so quickly.

41. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Had it been thought out, modules never would have been entertained as anything beyond a few niche items. Simple CSFT. Google gets involved though and people go out of order. First they wet themselves and then they drink the Google-Aid.

16. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

happy labor day techie!

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