LG has set a date for product announcements at next month’s Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. So it’s time to start cranking up the rumor machine about what’s next for the company’s flagship phones, led by a modular design for the anticipated LG G5.
LG plans to hold a Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona on Sunday, Feb. 21, the day before the smartphone expo officially opens. An invitation to the press event depicts a colorful box with a crank, along with the words “Play Begins.”
It’s unclear what, if anything, that cryptic message has to do with smartphones, but the invitation arrives at the same time a report out of Korea suggests that LG’s next flagship will feature a modular design allowing you to swap out the battery.
The CNET Korea report cited by Android Authority depicts a thin LG phone with a bottom portion that slides out, which would let users change the battery. This modular approach would give LG’s phone a thin, unibody design while allowing the battery to remain removable.
If the modular design rumor pans out for the G5, it would be quite a departure from the phone’s predecessor. The LG G4 featured a removable back panel so that users could insert a battery and microSD card. That design was certainly functional, though not nearly as stylish as the unibody looks of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 or Apple’s iPhone 6s.
Other rumored specs about the LG G5 emerged on Reddit, in what 9to5Google called a “sketchy leak.” Those specs claim the G5 will sport a 5.3-inch Quad HD display with the same 2560 x 1440 resolution of the LG G4, though LG’s current phone has a 5.5-inch screen.
The G5 will reportedly have dual rear cameras — one 16 megapixels and the other 8 megapixels. A Snapdragon 820 processor is expected to power the LG G5, which will retain a fingerprint sensor and add a USB Type-C port. The more powerful Snapdragon chip would make the G5 better equipped for enjoying VR experiences.
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