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LG design language change confirmed with the G5

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With MWC fast approaching, people in the mobile tech world are getting antsy. Rumors and specs about the latest devices yet to come are trickling in, and the much anticipated LG G5 is no exception. The Korean company’s latest brain child has a lot riding against it following the success of the wildly popular LG V10, and with the also fast approaching Samsung Galaxy S7. Based on some of the latest leaks, it seems that LG is aware of this and has some significant design changes in store for the G5.

For starters, it’s confirmed that the G5 will indeed have a full metal body, making another company to jump on the “premium material” train. The changes don’t stop there.

The slight curve that was present on the G4 will be no more, but hopefully the metal build will help with protection. Also, It seems that LG will be tossing one of the most unique feature of its phones: the rear mounted volume keys. They are now placed on the side.

The power button will remain on the back still, and will feature a fingerprint sensor, which will make people think more of a recent Nexus phone rather than one from LG. These changes do well to bring LG “up to speed” with the latest trends going on in the mobile phone world, but there is one rumored feature that may have Samsung, Apple and the other companies kicking themselves: modular design. This will apply to the battery.

Having a metal body eliminates the possibility of having a traditional removable back, but the LG G5 (if the rumor holds true) will have the entire bottom slide off of the phone, which will expose the battery, making it able to be taken out and swapped. If this happens, there will be waves in the smartphone world, and, like LG in the year 2015, other companies will be scrambling to catch up.

Some of these changes are over due, according to many mobile techies, but they also take away some of LG’s uniqueness and make it simply blend with the rest of the competition. Hopefully these changes will be enough to spur LG to the top despite that. 2016 has just started and who knows how it will go? With Huawei, Samsung, Apple and other top tier companies launching devices, LG has a lot on it’s plate, so let’ hope that the LG G5 will get LG started off on the right foot.

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