So you think you can handle another mind-blowing rumour round-up, eh? Today, we’re hoping to get you all hot and bothered with news and rumours about the upcoming LG G5.
If it’s anything like its predecessors in the G-family, it’ll be a fantastic handset, but will LG finally manage to come good on the design front? Here’s everything we've heard about the smartphone that we think has a chance of being true.
The Hardware Slot
Being a shallow so-and-so, the main thing that stopped me falling head-over-heels in love with the LG G3 and LG G4 was design. Neither of the handsets got my juices flowing in the same way as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S, but LG appears to have learned from its past mistakes.
Rather than plastic overalls or a tight leather catsuit, the G5 is expected to come clad in a slinky metal number, which would certainly bring this boy to the yard. The previously rear-mounted volume keys are apparently being shifted to the side of the phone too, with a fingerprint-scanning power button set to ride solo on the back.
LG’s also apparently including a mysterious new accessory slot at the bottom of the G5, through which users would apparently be able to swap out batteries and other hardware components. It's been dubbed the 'Magic' slot, and essentially sounds like a SIM tray for your battery. Unusual? Yes. Excitement-worthy? We think so, if it has the potential for other kinds of modular components.
Look at that, we’ve managed to get through this section without mentioning the p-word (it rhymes with "zemium").
There’s really not been very many conflicting reports here, which makes our job a bit easier. According to leaks, the handset will pack a 5.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display. This rumour has cropped up on multiple occasions, so we’d be mad not to take it as the gospel truth. Right? Right?
It’ll be a touch larger than the G4’s 5.5-inch panel, and sure enough, LG’s new kid on the block (once it actually arrives on the block) is expected to be a little taller than its older brother, with a 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm frame. My little hands aren’t especially happy about that.
In an unprecedented move, LG seems intent on bringing a yesteryear feel to the G5 by opting to run with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. I lie, of course. It’ll have Android 6.0 Marshmallow, unless they have absolute no intention of flogging the thing.
There was talk last year that Samsung had signed an exclusivity deal with Qualcomm over the Snapdragon 820 processor, which would leave its rivals -- including LG and HTC -- without access to the chip until April. That seems unlikely, despite the fact that Samsung will be the 820’s sole producer.
Assuming all of that exclusivity talk was codswallop, the G5 will come loaded with the Snapdragon 820, which should represent a nice performance boost over the Snapdragon 808 that powered the LG G4. That’ll likely be paired with 4GB of RAM, making the G5 a direct rival to the rumoured specs of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Tasty stuff.
Nope. Move on. Okay, we’ve seen recent reports suggesting the LG G5 will squeeze in two rear cameras. We imagine the purported dual setup would have something to do with creating 3D-type images, but it all sounds a bit gimmicky for our liking. Such a move didn't work for the Amazon Fire Phone, after all. For now, we wait with bated breath.
USB-C has been tipped to make an appearance too, and we hope LG does a better job of creating a charger than OnePlus. Its USB-C cord was only OnePlus-friendly, which left consumers demanding refunds. Talk of an iris scanner is on gossipers' lips too, which would come at the expense of the aforementioned fingerprint sensor. Are consumers ready for such advanced security tech? Yeah, we probably are.
2016 could be the year of getting shit done for LG, with the company set to unleash the LG G5 two months earlier than usual. It's expected to land at MWC on 21 February, which means it'll go head-to-head with Samsung's finest. The G5 will likely hit the market around the end of March, and we're really hoping that it's as competitively-priced as its predecessors. I don't like spending money.