One version of LG G3 features a removable battery, according to leaked photos

One version of LG G3 features a removable battery, according to leaked photos
Remember when the Apple iPhone, by not offering removable batteries, was considered an oddity in that area? It was feared that businessmen wouldn't be able to purchase a phone that would not allow them the luxury of popping in a fresh battery when needed. And without opening up the battery compartment, extended-life cells could not be used.

These days, many flagship models do have the ability to get you through the day on a single charge, making the issue of a removable battery less important. In fact, many new high-end handsets don't allow consumers to have access to their phone's battery. It has become so commonplace now, that when a model does offer a replaceable cell, it becomes big news.

Take LG for example. A leaked photograph allegedly showing the Korean manufacturer's upcoming flagship model, reveals that the LG G3 will have at least one variant sporting a removable battery. An earlier leak indicated that the capacity of said cell will be 3000mAh. But before you get excited at the prospect of being able to swap batteries on the LG G3, keep in mind that there is no guarantee that this "feature" will be offered where you live.

Another leaked photo supposedly shows the new back cover for the phone. Unlike the glossy fingerprint magnet on the LG G2, the successor will apparently offer a brushed metal back that prevents those disgusting looking prints from covering your phone.


source: @evleaks 

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I hope this time all the models have a removable back and not only the korean version like the LG G2.

2. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

y do u need a removable back?

5. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

So you can replace the battery yourself.

10. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

why do u need to do that?

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. So that you can carry an extra battery and swap'em when you urgently need that extra juice when you run out of battery and there is no charging port around. 2. It is a well known fact that batteries have limited life and about a year or so their performance decreases dramatically. An accessible battery gives user the option to simply buy a new one and chuck the old one away. 3. A removable back also gives user the option to replace the back cover with the design of his/her choice or even when it suffers a damage from a fall.

30. latinlegend

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I never thought of the last two reasons but now that you mention it. It does make sense. Thanks for clarifying it.

37. dasgvin

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2014

reply for tech2: 4. Plus you can use extended batteries, for example 9 000-10 000mAh batteries which have 2x 3x more capacity, runtime than the stock battery.

13. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

So you don't have to pay someone else to do it.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why ask a stupid question

29. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

4. it's some weird case scenario but if you accidentally drop your phone and the screen doesn't want to wake you can forcefully eject the battery and place it once again. I see some Xperia device had this problem after some drop test, i think it's the simplest way to restore the device.

32. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because after you jump start you car with your phone, it's good to put in a fresh battery.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LG g3 looks awesome but after using dual front speakers on my HTC one and soon buying the m8 and m8 prime if it comes out, I can't use back firing speakers even if the whole back was a speaker.

8. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Speakers don't really matter for me because i use headphones.

23. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

after having testing the m8 with the s5 and note 3 there was hardly any difference if one at all. its not a selling point for most people

24. papss unregistered

Say what? The note 3 has a pretty low volume loud speaker for its size and it's very tinny sounding.

4. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Good step, LG. I hope the removable one will be the international version.

28. bwphotoguy

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

yup. You said it! That's the phone I crave! Unlocked too!

6. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wow.....brushed metal looks good...

15. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

what if its fake metal? remember the LG Viper?http://www9.pcmag.com/media/images/279592-lg-viper-back.jpg

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

wow.....brushed metal looks good...

9. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I hope the intl' version comes with an expandable memory and removable back. Also the brushed metal finish looks verry good to me. But as I said earlier, the back button shapes seems to need rework and I hope it's going to be a compact smartphone (similar to the G2 in terms of compact ness). And also, please, sell it in July or earlier in my favourite shop!

12. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I think that I am the only one who prefer not removable back cover with bigger battery ^^ In G2 the difference was 400 mah. I think that most people change phone every one or two years. In this time battery shouldn't loose much power(capacity) and if your battery will be broken you will have still warranty. Ofcourse some people want to have more than one batteries, but I am not among them and I think that most people think that way. Who want to carry all batteries with him and recharge them all later ? :D

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"I think that I am the only one who prefer not removable back cover with bigger battery ^^ In G2 the difference was 400 mah. I think that most people change phone every one or two years. In this time battery shouldn't loose much power(capacity) and if your battery will be broken you will have still warranty."--- In most cases, batteries are considered an "expendable" component which is not covered after manufacturer warranty. Also keep in mind that getting a "refurbished" handset is not a total refurbish. It is most likely a replacement of a failed part(s) only. This means that if there is nothing wrong with your non-removable battery device except for the battery, you will get an exchanged device that may have been someone else's nightmare. John B.  

19. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

This doesn't sound good. At least I am lucky and I never got problems with batteries. Let's hope that it will never change :)

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---"These days, many flagship models do have the ability to get you through the day on a single charge, making the issue of a removable battery less important."--- False! The importance of removable battery extends further than just lasting an entire day. It is necessary to think outside this falacy that it is all about lasting a day. Of all the components in a device, the common battery is the one that has not changed basic design in 30 years. There are many conditioning factors in which removing a battery can benefit the device as well as the battery. Today's smartphones are very powerful and subjected to heavy use between gamers and business personnel. Constant charging and discharging weakens the anode and cathode within the battery. This can cause the device to demonstrate certain symptoms that many would feel has nothing to do with the battery yet, does. Flickering screens, random shutdowns and reboots, overheating, processor speed inconsistencies, noisy voice calls. I usually purchase an extra battery and rotate them every 3 months. This eliminates extreme loads on just one battery. Once the warranty is done, having a removable battery is invaluable in keeping service costs down. Anyone should be able to replace their own battery.I applaud any manufacturer that is willing to reinstate the obvious beneficial circumstances in maintaining access to the device's weakest link. John B.

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1751; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Brushed metal? I don't think LG will ditch their self-healing technology...

21. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yeah its like metal looking polycarbonate

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That metal looks awesome!

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Something tells me it's plastic, just like the G2.

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Very possible.

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