Here’s a look at the LG G5 Magic Slot and removable battery

by: Rob TriggsFebruary 19, 2016
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From rumor to all-but confirmed feature, the LG G5 Magic Slot continues to be an intriguing innovation and a potentially game changing flagship feature. Now we have a real-life glimpse at what a Magic Slot module will look like, complete with a battery attached.

LG G5 battery

Unfortunately, the image doesn’t give us a look at the actual module. Rather it’s just a picture of the box which presumably contains a battery module for G5. However, the image appears to confirm that the Magic Slot indeed pops off the bottom of the smartphone, much like the early rumors suggested, and will open up access to a removable battery. A feature removed from a number of other high-end smartphones. Keeping a removable battery will certainly win the G5 a few fans and this might even turn out to be a more convenient solution than having to pull off a phone’s back.

The latest report suggests that LG will be unveiling two Magic Slot modules at MWC. We are pretty positive that one of these is some sort of camera attachment called the LG Cam Plus. Another module rumor floating around hints at an audiophile grade DAC, dubbed the LG Hi-Fi Plus, which is said to have been developed in conjunction with Bang & Olufsen. Interestingly, the two did just announce that they’ve been jointly working on something audio related for the G5.

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There are just a couple more days to wait until LG unveils everything about the G5 at MWC. Are you sold on the Magic Slot?

  • balcobomber25

    That battery looks awfully small. Good thing it is removable you’re going to need 2 or 3 to get you through a full day with the specs the G5 is going to have.

    • Chris Jutting

      Doesn’t look much smaller than the G4 battery. Looks narrower, but taller.

    • V-Phuc

      What made you say that? 2-3/day? Are you playing those intensive games all day? If so, I’d understand. Even when I pushed really hard on the use (work-related) on my Note 3 and 4, I still had ~30% at 7PM (starting at 8:30AM).

      • balcobomber25

        That battery looks like it’s less than 2500mAh. That combined with a Snapdragon 820, Quad HD display and hifi audio means battery life is going to be terrible. Note 3 and Note 4 both have bigger batteries and processors that weren’t as powerful as this one.

        • Fornavn Etternavn

          What is wrong with having snapdragon 820. It is pretty battery efficient.

          • balcobomber25

            We have no clue how efficient it is until we see it in tests. All we can go buy is Qualcomm’s own claims which are about as reliable as politician. They claimed the SD810 was going to be more efficient than the 801 too, that didn’t work out too well for them.

        • RG

          Actually the SD 820 is more powerful and much more efficient. It draws less current than previous generation processors due to the die size and other optimizations.

          • balcobomber25

            Actually we have no clue how power efficient it is. No one has tested an SD820 powered phone yet. Qualcomm said the same about the SD810 and that was complete BS.

          • RG

            Custom cores this time and double the development time. Qualcomm know they are fighting for their lives this time. It’ll be a good chip.

          • balcobomber25

            Could very well be a great chip, most Qualcomm chips before the 810, 615 and 410 were great chips. But we still need to see it in action, I don’t trust company provided statements.

          • RG

            Samsung are printing the chips and will put millions of them in their S7’s and S7 Edges.

            What can we infer from that..

          • balcobomber25

            Samsung is also using it’s own Exnyos chips on both of those phones. What can we infer from that…

          • RG

            That Samsung sampled the 820 and trusted the chip’s aptitude enough to not only mass produce it, but to include it in over half of their output, which will equate to hundreds of thousands of units and multi millions of dollars.

            In answer to your question, we can infer that the chip will be competitive with the Exynos 8890, otherwise Samsung would have ignored the chip, as they did with the SD 810.

          • balcobomber25

            Samsung was paid to mass produce it and they were paid millions. And since they are producing it we can infer they are getting a deep discount to use it in their own devices which will save them millions. We can’t infer anything about it’s performance.

            Don’t get me wrong I am not saying it will be good or bad, just that we need to actually see it in action before judging it either way. My next phone will be a SD820 phone (Mi5) so I hope it is good. But I don’t trust company released information.

          • RG

            I’ll be having a look at the Mi5 too, so long as the price is right and the appropriate network bands are available in the UK.

            Whatever you buy this year, you can’t really lose!

          • Hruday A

            Wasn’t there a LETV model with sd820 released in december.?

          • balcobomber25

            The LeTV Max Pro it was announced at CES but it hasn’t been released yet.

          • Hruday A

            Oops, my bad

        • Person Dude

          No, there are multiple leaks stating that the battery is 2800mAh…

          • balcobomber25

            2800mAh is tiny for a phone with a QHD display lol.

  • Stoffsprenger

    Ever since the G2 came out, LG is winning a lot of sympathies, the amazing G3 was a “mainstream breakthrough” I’d say, the G4 was almost perfect (wish it was a little faster), then the V10 came and showed that LG doesn’t disappoint whenever they release a flagship offering.
    If the innovations that the G5 should offer turn out to be “hitters” than I’m on the LG boat.
    I’m waiting for the release and the reviews.

    • Daniel B.

      If only they would constrain their design changes to the launcher, i even think TouchWiz looks better. ;(
      So far i’m curious about the G5, i just hope the QA is a _lot_ better than on the 5X.

      • Ichibanmugen

        You could always use a different launcher, I use Nova launcher myself on any phone.

        • Daniel B.

          Yeah, which kind of supports my initial point. :-)

          • Ichibanmugen

            so you’re talking about the whole OS rather than just the launcher? Sorry might have misunderstood :)

          • Daniel B.

            Yeah, i don’t mind a changed launcher, since you can just use another one, but you can’t change the look of the quicksettings, the settings etc.
            Well, let’s see the whole package and the prices on sunday, maybe some of the non-nexus devices is worth the compromise for me. :)

          • Ichibanmugen

            system UI yes this cannot be changed by default. Unless you switch to a custom ROM which is not always the best option.

            It’s hard but not impossible to switch over from Nexus. I’ve used the galaxy nexus before using the Note 3 International version. I’m on a ported ROMnow as Samsung is really bad at updating this device. But the benefits compared to Nexus device: microsd card, Infrared, at the time huge beautiful display. the s-pen is still a bit gimmicky for me but I know graphic Artists appreciate it a bit more. :)

            I’m also looking forward to this year of releases, so far many have started selling devices with OLED screens and I’m hoping LG is going to do the same as they’re definitely capable!

            Let’s wait and see..

          • Daniel B.

            Yeah, personally i’d prefer IPS, i’m a big fan of the OLED technology in principle (blacks, rich colors, less ghosting..) but not of the burn-in.

          • Ichibanmugen

            Dan,

            I’ve been using my Note 3 since Q4 2013. On a daily basis my screen on time is above 4 hours. I have zero burn in. Unlike my old Galaxy Nexus I had a burnin within a few weeks of usage and in the end I ditched it after a year of usage. OLED Technology has improved a lot since then and there are inferior panels from Chinese suppliers and there are superior ones like the ones Samsung uses.

          • Daniel B.

            That’s good to know, although the Samsung devices don’t use a black notification and software-button bar, maybe for a reason? :-)
            I’ve seen burn-in on a few S6, although just in a store where the devices are active the whole day. I’d still just like a 5X without dead pixels, the performance is fast enough for me and the camera is really nice, but after 13 purchased and returned units, no thanks. Another important argument is that the Snapdragon 820 is hopefully a lot more power efficient now, so another reason not to pick a 808/810 device from now on.

            I see me F5’ing reddit and XDA in a few weeks for SoT posts of the G5/S7/.. :-)

          • Ichibanmugen

            That could be a good reason but I do say that I prefer hardware buttons as it gives you better screen ratio for consuming text etc. Ive even went as far as changing the DPI on my phone to get more on my screen compared to stock.

            When you’re saying 5X I suppose you’re referring to the Nexus 5X? What issues did you have with the units? My mom has been using it since the day of release here in Holland. No issues detected yet but she’s not a power user.

            I’m personally very curious of Xiaomi, Meizu, Oneplus and some other Chinese Vendors, The competition is growing and I can’t justify it anymore to pay hundreds for a Smartphone these days.

            But in the end, let’s wait and see!

          • Daniel B.

            Yes, Nexus 5X. I ordered/restored 13 devices from different stores (also Google, Amazon), 11 of them had dead pixels in different amounts, right after unpacking or after a few hours of usage. The others had uneven backlights and the color calibration (warm or greenish) was also hit and miss…

          • Ichibanmugen

            Oh wow! That’s bizarre.. maybe I’m at luck then my mother’s phone has a slight back light bleeding on the top corners but nothing serious.. I’ll monitor it though. I’ve just checked it with an RGB tester and luckily no lazy or dead pixels detected.

            Good thing there is a proper warranty in Europe :)

      • Ichibanmugen

        Well the G5 is out now! it has an super high PPI IPS display. might be tempting for you considering the specs!

        • Daniel B.

          Yes, watched the Präsentation and i actually like the design. I wonder if they upgraded the camera sensor though (although the v10/g4’s is still great) and how the SD820 treats the smaller battery. Let’s wait for the price now. :)

          • Ichibanmugen

            yeah let’s wait and see indeed. I still want to see all the benchmarks with these specs and the SD820. battery life and performance and of course if there is any heat coming out of that thing ;)

    • El Duderino

      My only issue with the G3 (which I had for a year and a half) was the build quality, the body of the phone developed cracks around the IR blaster, headphone jack and microphone holes. I never tried the G4, but am looking forward to seeing what they release for the G5 on Sunday.

  • jendrush

    It would be very nice to have possibility to change battery without turning off phone(little battery inside, or mayby supercapacitor).

    • Ichibanmugen

      In IT terms that is called hot swappable battery. Some Lenovo laptops used to have this in the past. They could sort it by building in a tiny battery in the phone which can keep it on for a short amount of time. Luckily phones boot up quickly so there is no real requirement for that.

      • jendrush

        You are right.

  • RG

    So the battery is long and thin. That leak a couple of weeks back said it could be a 2800mah unit.. With the SD820 efficiency, Doze and the power-sipping oled screen, that size will be sufficient for the average user.

    Would be great if LG included a spare battery with the phone, though. Maybe it will so that we can ‘Play’ more.
    Let’s see.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      I highly doubt LG is switching to OLED.

      • Lucas Fenstermacher

        How do you think the always on display will be powered?

        • moew

          Probably by an internal battery.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          G5 announced, always on display I was right.

      • El Duderino

        There are leaks saying it will have an always on screen. Yes I know it’s just rumor for now, but the G4 used an IPS display, and that doesn’t allow for the types of notifications shown in the picture.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          G5 announced PCD display, I was right.

      • Sen. Rockie

        If they will I’m totally sold. Screw the S7.

      • Ichibanmugen

        Highly doubt? They’re building whole factories and planning to counter supply Samsung what do you mean highly doubt? they’ve released smartphones in the past with this I think it was called the LG Flex? OLED tech is in a higher demand than ever and more and more are embracing it. Don’t forget that LG is one of the largest display suppliers in the world.

        • Marc Perrusquia

          G5 announced, LCD display I was right.

          • Ichibanmugen

            I like the new design, disappointed that they didn’t go for OLED.

      • RG

        Google ‘LG Oled mobile screens’. If it doesn’t happen this year it’ll certainly happen next year. LCD is a dead man walking.

    • balcobomber25

      2800mAh with SD820, Quad HD and now hifi audio average user will be lucky to make it through 8 hours.

      • RG

        The average user won’t use the hi-fi audio attachment.

        • balcobomber25

          The average user spends hundreds of dollars on Beats Headphones, they will buy LG’s versions too.

          • RG

            We don’t know anything about these B&O audio peripherals yet. How they work. How much power it draws. What it costs, etc

        • Chris

          The average user doesn’t masterbate to the idea of removeable batteries

          • RG

            …taking the guy seriously who lowers the tone and can’t spell.

    • 29

      If they want to sell battery’s replaceablity as a feature, they totally should bundle in a spare battery

  • raviraj

    Does anyone remember the nokia n8 back in the day in which battery was was replaceable by unscrewing the two screw on either side and the bottom panel used to come out and then the battery could be replaced but nokia said battery could not be Replaced.. LG g5 has something similar but is lot simpler… I had changed a couple of batteries in my n8 back in the day by myself……

    • Iku Kawahara

      No one cares

      • Daggett Beaver

        I care.

      • moew

        In simpler terms: Nokia will be suing LG really soon.

        • Mike

          Doubtful

  • Atif

    Using oppo vooc, i really starting to care zero about this now.
    One have to experience the fastest in the world charging to know this.

    • Ichibanmugen

      fast charging diminishes battery life quicker, you’ll have to replace it sooner than a normal charging battery.

      • moew

        Not necessarily true. If the battery C rating is higher, it can absorb those electrons faster with the same impact of a slower charge on a battery with a lower C rating.

        Now you won’t find that rating on cell phones, but you may want to google that. It’s a common theory that most into the RC Hobby understand.

        • Ichibanmugen

          I’ve searched it up now and read about it, mostly seem to apply to batteries which have a high demand of fast discharge, according to batteryunivercity and instructables it still reduces the battery life by charging at a higher rate. Anyway I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. thanks!

      • Chris

        And yet you still have recharge your precious removeable batteries at a much slower rate

        • Ouinestone

          It doesn’t matter since you do it at night or when you change it from your phone… They’re basically 100% every time you need it.

      • abn

        Sammy device disconnect charge after 100%
        If phone is still connected to charger phone will auto drop to 96% or 98 % after still connected. Battery ion never affected by overcharging thats old school technology. Sammy on the move forward bro.

        • Ichibanmugen

          That’s called a battery overcharge protection circuit. Got nothing to do with Samsung in particular.

          And the point we were discussing is not the overcharge. It’s quick charge.

          • abn

            Well I stand somewhat corrected quick charge dont damage batteries though. Wheres the proof

      • Atif

        think out of the box, specially when the box is old. :)
        new times new technologies…. how many complains you can fine from nexus 7 2013 to motorola to galaxies to oppo????/

        oh find 7 still has zero issues and people using it for a year.

        • Ichibanmugen

          I’ve done some research after my comment. it has slightly more wear but not as dramatic as I initially thought. This tech seems to be improving quite a lot!

          Talking about the nexus 7 2013, I do remember the digitizer issues which it had, Nexus 7 2012 had many manufacturing and QC issues upon delivery, I ordered it as soon as it came out, 3 unites had issues, from screen not bold on correctly, failing screen, broken speaker (all on different units). and after 2 years of moderate use and handled with care the last one started to have problems with the microusb charging port which is a common Nexus 7 2012 issue I remember the Nexus 5 had issues with the speaker sound that was muffled, later this was sorted in a hardware revision by creating larger holes. Galaxies until the Galaxy S3 had massive performance issues caused by the memory not being trimmed by Android. This was especially noticeable on the Galaxy S3.

          But yes like you’ve said, technology is evolving so hopefully we should not be plagued with these weird issues anymore.

          have a great day!

          • Atif

            lol, you do realize i was talking about battery charging tech, and you start talking about all the things but battery.

  • Daggett Beaver

    Cool, I found the G Spot Slot.

    • ASYOUTHIA

      Your BF found a keeper!

  • V-Phuc

    Very curious how this made the back of the phone look like. A couple of earlier leaks don’t make the back look at all nice. Very hideous. As bad as the Apple humpback battery case. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to hearing much more about the G5.

    • Guest666

      iPhone is a brand.
      Galaxy is a brand.

      G is not. S is not.
      X is not. P is not.

      This and many other LG’s fails and ugly design will drown its G5 like they did with G4-3-2-1.
      Instead of making a decently designed well-battery-balanced flagship they feed us with this cr*p, gimmicks & swappable batteries.
      “MAGIC”!

      • King_Android

        Um sir the G2 and G3 were awesome. What have you been smoking. They failed with the G4 because they forgot about the fingerprint sensor and that it wasnt much of an upgrade from the G3 which wasnt much from the G2 because it was already so awesome.

        • roguedoge

          The G2 was the last great (compared to other phones in the tier) device from lg.

          • silvertriclops

            IIRC the G2 didn’t have a microSD card slot.

      • V-Phuc

        True words of a fanboy. Hats off to you. Keep drinking that Sample kool-aid, boy.

      • Mark Mann

        if galaxy and iphone is a brand then so are g and s and x and p…samsung is the brand, apple is the brand…

        • abn

          P x 6edge mate 8 Models idiot.

          • Mark Mann

            i can assume you’re not speaking to me…otherwise i’d say what?

          • abn

            Oh Im sorry.I thought i replied to
            Mark Mann. Maybe there’s another guy or girl on here using the same name. And then you dont have to say nothing cause it wasnt directed at you. And then Mark Mann a have no worries. So Stfu

  • saksham

    who else still doesnt get what exactly the magic slot and module thing is ? -_-

    • El Duderino

      Guess they’ll show us on Sunday. I’m excited to see.

  • digitaldr

    I prefer dark/black bezels but I doubt the magic slot will have any colour options :(

  • Deminox

    G4 waa the best phone made in 2015, I have no doubt the G5 will bee even better.

    • abn

      Wtf?

      • Deminox

        Are you referring to my swypos?

        • abn

          Lg g4 crap C. R. a. P. Plastic box. Sd card slot only thing going. Samsung by far the best performance phone compared to that my s6 edge plus ranked number 5 on antutu you already know benchmark scores. No hating my friend but Samsung will sell more phones and will be better.

          • Deminox

            Plastic far trump a glass back and a camera that cracked from a 2 inch fall from android authorities own video review. Samsung will sell more, but that doesn’t make them good. You know as well as i know benchmarks dont mean a thing, its hypothetical performance at best. Fact is Samsung is terrible on software. They bog their phones down with redundant garbage nobody needs or wants. They also abandon their hardware after less than a year (see galaxy tab pros not getting lollipop, meaning the last official support was.. About 10 months after they stopped selling them. )

            I’ve owned both, and let me tell you, the galaxy S5 performed worse than my old S2 skyrocket after less than a year. And touchwiz is still bloated crap on the s6, a horrible designed phone to begin with.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            blah blah blah. The G4 was ugly compared to S6 and Edge variants. Pure and simple. Plastic never trumps Gorilla Glass 4 that’s why you don’t see complaints across the board about the Sammy’s flagships having cracks or shatters. AA reviewers and other similar site reviewers are saying the opposite. They’re saying that their Samsung phones have held up well with surprisingly very few scratches after being dropped thanks to the aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass 4. So, you’re wrong. Plastic design always looks worse than a glass all metal designs. That’s why you see the G5 moving away from that ugly plastic crap.

            So if you buy the G5, I’d like to see what you look like with one of the spare batteries in your pocket. Looks like each one will be attached to a bottom plate. Ouch!

          • Deminox

            Never needed a spare battery in any phones I’ve ever owned. And form over function? Really? That’s your argument? Flagships should look pretty? Its going in a case ffs.

            Samsung has too many fanboys who are almost as blindly loyal as iSheep

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Yes, flagships like any other product, should be visually appealing or at least be designed in a way that when consumers see it, they want it. I never said form over function so how you mistook that as my argument is beyond me. I simply offered counterpoint on your statement that plastic trumped glass. The fact that you never needed a spare battery in any phones you’ve owned is an empty statement relative to this article. You may as well have said you “enjoy wearing ruby slippers but only on Fridays”. So if you like ugly and you prefer function over form but yet don’t really need the spare battery cartridge function, what are you buying the G5 for? Do you really think I’m a fanboy just because I know the difference between beauty and what isn’t beauty? I think you just don’t know how to support your own statements. So perhaps you could improve on your use of written communication OR think your ideas all the way through before you put them before the public. Otherwise you’ll have to suffer through responses that undercut whatever point you were trying to make.

          • Captain Obvious

            Beauty is subjective – however the “plastic” Samsung used to use being a much better material choice for the back of a mobile phone is a simple FACT. The “plastic” that everyone likes to wine and cry about is actually Polycarbonate – a material used for bullet proof glass, cockpit canopy for jet fighter’s, and used in many different electronic components. Any research into material science would show you that glass is not even a close contender for a mobile device compared with Polycarbonate. Very soon we will have flexible phones and will finally be rid of glass altogether.
            On a side note I use a spare battery for every phone I have ever owned, and think it is a very poor choice to remove that functionality from a MOBILE device.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No one cars what you believe to be poor choice or good choice. Millions of 2015 Samsung Galaxy flagship owners and millions of Iphone owners and hundreds of thousands of Nexus 6/Nexus 6P owners beg to differ. That leaves you and a small group of hold-outs. Now that’s a simple FACT.

          • Captain Obvious

            Even Iphone managed to figure out that glass was a horrible material choice – that’s why they changed it, its just a shame that Samsung decided to copy an old model. They can beg to differ all they want, which is really them/you trying to justify your/their purchase, but that doesn’t change the FACT that Polycarbonate is a: Stronger, lighter, more flexible, material that will hold up to the rigors of a mobile device better. Or did you have any actual information to make an actual thought out argument with? (aside from the numbers of sheep and fanboys buying phones of course)

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Check back at my previous comment. I said Iphones had the glass material BEFORE the advent of Gorilla Glass 4. That means they weren’t using a material as strong as that. I saw many shattered Iphones back then and many complaints among Iphone owners of those phones. However, you don’t see that with current S6, Edge & Note 5 owners. The reason? Gorilla Glass 4 is a strong enough material to be used as the casing for a smartphone. Polycarbonate feels cheaper, that’s a FACT. If there are other materials that are just as light, don’t require flexibility, and are strong enough to handle the rigors of smartphone usage, then those materials are better IF they can cost-effectively be used and offer better aesthetic and feel vs. polycarbonate. Gorilla Glass 4 accomplishes all of that. Get over it, polycarbonate is NOT the only material that can be use for smartphones. It’s great for smartphones but the market is evolving and want something better. That’s a FACT! It is irrelevant how good polycarbonate is. I can just see you kicking and screaming when all the OEM’s have moved on to aluminum, Gorilla Glass X, or whatever amazing material people will want to buy. You’ll just have to settle for being exceedingly unhappy being the only one still having wet dreams of devices made of strong, flexible plastic.

          • Jay Chiah

            I didn’t do any search about s6 shattering but I did have one friend who recently dropped and shattered her S6 screen. If I recall correctly I think she mentioned that the screen became irresponsible too.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            I can believe it. screens do shatter still unless you’re a new Droid Turbo 2.

          • Captain Obvious

            lol, you need to look up what the word “Fact” means, you are using it incorrectly. How something feels to you is not a fact, its subjective to everyone because it feels different to everyone… however one material being lighter/stronger is a FACT because it is not up to interpretation, its measurable. Not that it really matters what it feels like, since the vast majority of people put their smartphone’s in cases. I got some bad news for you if you think that glass and aluminum are the future of smart phones, because you could not be more wrong. Flexible, fold-able, bendable, roll-able, and shatter proof screens are the future…and not to far away – and despite your unfounded love of glass, it will be completely gone soon enough. And just for the record I am not saying the future material will be Polycarbonate, right now I would wager some form of graphene, what I am saying is: it wont be glass.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            No one is arguing whether a material is lighter, or stronger, or blah blah blah. The issue here is whether one material looks and feels better than the other while still providing protective value. The answer is that Gorilla Glass 4 delivers on this. And it doesn’t matter if people put their phones in cases, they still want to buy a good looking phone or a phone that looks good to them. This FACT is not lost on LG which is why they have switched to aluminum and resorted to a cartridge-like battery option. No one is saying all phones in the future will be made of glass. But I am saying is that cheap plastic is on its way out. Flexible screens are great but they won’t be on every device and they won’t require plastic housing. I thought I submitted a youtube video demonstrating Samsung’s flexible bendable screen on a smartphone. Google “Samsung flexible screen” and you’ll see the first search result is a video showing their concept of a smartphone with foldable screens. You’ll instantly recognize that the phone could be made of any material Samsung chooses even though the screen bends. Samsung could easily continue using Gorilla Glass 4 or whatever newer version is released. Just as long as people keep buying phones designed with strong glass, it will remain a viable material for smartphones for years to come. Same as aluminum. So get over it and get used to it.

          • Captain Obvious

            “phone could be made of any material Samsung chooses even though the screen bends” sooo, you are telling me you believe they can make a bendable screen with glass???? Where has this magical glass been hiding?? LMAO!! You are irrelevant and no longer warrant an actual response.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            It’s becoming obvious you’re having a reading comprehension issue. All I can say is that you need to run a google search on: “Samsung Flexible Screen”. Click the first video result that you see.

            Int that video you will see Samsung demonstrating a device that folds like a small book. The screen itself is a single piece of material that folds and unfolds when you open and close the device without having or leaving a crease. The casing of the device is separated into two parts no different than the front and rear covers of a book. Those two parts can be encased in any material Samsung chooses including Gorilla Glass 4 because the screen’s ability to fold is not effected by whatever material the casing of the device is made of.

            The most obvious thing about you and your responses is that you’re just a light-weight when it comes to presenting and debating your point of view. Reading is fundamental so if you have difficulty understanding how to google “Samsung Flexible Screen” then there’s no reason for me to respond further because you just won’t get it.

          • abn

            I think the keyword [plastic] always look cheap compared to glass.

          • Mail carrier

            I’ve seen two or three for sale on Craigslist with cracked screen, and/or back, and I haven’t been looking too hard. Not hating, just saying. I’m pretty sure the battery is by itself judging from the arrows on it. The S7 and the G5 both look decent, only gripe I have w Sammy is they’re making the plus size edge only. That simply will not work for me! I’ll be rocking the OG Nexus 6 until I see some reviews. Right now G5 or Note 6 in September has my vote, unless Samsung finds some way to screw the new Note design up as well.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            I have no doubt that there are some S6’s and Edges and Note 5’s that are scratched or dented. But that’s no different than any other device. I love the OG Nexus 6 and came close to buying a used one on Ebay but never pulled the trigger. Many of those phones among others I looked at also had cracks, scratches, dents, etc. It’s to be expected in any used phone even for phones that are a month old. People do damage their sh*t and then sell it on ebay or Craigslist. I still love that N6 phone nonetheless.

            I’ll move from Note 5 to Note 6 if the Note 6 turns out to be better. The Note 5 will be tough to beat. Perhaps a more advanced battery in the same size or even 128gb device sold in the U.S. would be the only worth improvements I could see made that would make upgrading worthwhile.

            Also, good point about the arrows. If that proves to be true there still is that problem with having a separate piece of hardware that you have to deal with. To me the best solution would have been to have a sliding door (similar to those on a Xperia device) at the bottom that you can insert the battery into with spring action like the S-pen on the Note 5. That way there would be no fumbling around with a piece of your phone and you can just remove and insert your battery rather easily. I should patent that idea. lol.

          • Raw Mess

            Lol do u even know the world beyond samsung ? Theres xiaomi , oneplus , huawei n more . U must be one of those guys who try a galaxy j5 and call it the best mid range without ever trying other manufacturers

          • abn

            Yawwwnnn. I can afford the best. I dont boast about crap that dont work . As for mid range phones you can always go to boost mobile grab a zte max or something.
            Hauwei although good bench scores wont be a big seller and an xiaomi is an over seas phone y would i want that.
            S6 EDGE + IS AN AWESOME PHONE
            AND gorgeous thats what I have. if you cant afford Samsung dont take it out on me

          • Mark Mann

            do a google image search for “red”…do you like your reds to be orange?…

          • abn

            Thats it. Thats allll you got. I dont even know why why I’m replying to you. Buy anyway. Google. First and Last

          • Mark Mann

            when one of the big praises of the galaxy line is their screen…what more do i need? as has been said, just because they sell the most, doesn’t mean they’re the best…otherwise apple would’ve been the best for a long time

      • Esteban Llop

        LOL

    • abn

      What kind of weed you smoking

      • Deminox

        I had a Samsung. Had them for years. New ones are crap. The nexus was almost good, but the Motorola one had massive problems with bad batteries. Htc was ok, nothing special though. One plus was a disappoint. Lots of potential though. IPhone was a joke…again.
        The G4 sold like crap but is an amazing phone.

        • Krass

          The Motorola Nexus was 2014.

          Nexus 6P was the best phone of 2015. I have always like the G3 & G4 though.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Great phone but it’s debatable whether it was the best phone of 2015. It’s a subjective toss-up between the Note 5 and 6P based on what reviewers on Android tech sites are saying several months out.

        • SnakeSplitskin

          Nothing amazing about cheap plastic. After seeing Samsung’s success LG finally realized it too! Hopefully they also realize the software was crap and do something about it.

          • Deminox

            Lg is far closer to vanilla than crappy touchwiz.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            As if vanilla Android was the pinnacle feature of every smartphone. LG G4 could have been total vanilla and probably would have sucked more than it did. It certainly wouldn’t have had that great camera experience.

          • silvertriclops

            In my opinion the ideal UX is vanilla + the manufacturer’s camera. Not Sammy’s redesign-the-entire-OS crap. Vanilla Android looks completely fine without Samsung’s junk.

            I don’t have a G4 (I’m a broke highschooler so I have a cheapo Moto G 1st gen) but if I were to get a new phone today it would be the G4, because of the micro SD and removable battery. My dad got an S6 and HATES the battery, and I have too much music to fit onto the internal storage of most phones. My current Moto G doesn’t have a removable battery, but it still last longer than my dad’s crappy S6, and it’s also the only reason why I liked my old Thunderbolt.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Well I feel sorry for your situation. From what I’ve seen most H.S. students have Iphones and are all integrated into the exclusive culture that goes along with it (imessage, etc.). Nevertheless I’m glad to see a young one be an Android faithful. You deserve a flagship even if it turns out to be a G4. If you like vanilla Android then I recommend you look at a used N6 or new 6P. You can’t go wrong with either of those for a good user experience and value for the buck. I’d recommend the Note 5 because even with the Samsung skin, it’s the leader of the pack for phones of 2015 and first quarter 2016. As for the S6, I can understand the frustration. Your dad should sell it on Swappa before the S7 releases so he can get top dollar. The GS6 sells higher by about $100 compared to the G4 so there must still be more value in Samsung’s 2015 flagship wither battery issues vs. LG’s 2015 flagship with swappable battery.

        • abn

          Seriously dude where do you get all your information . You must have worked at Samsung LG. HTC. And probably Motorola I mean seriously you got more information than Nasdaq..

  • ASYOUTHIA

    If I put it on backwards, will it get stuck and break if I try to remove it? Modulegate

    • looks keyed to one way

      • ASYOUTHIA

        *woosh*

        The sound of the joke going right over your head

  • abn

    Wow a magic slop

  • Chris

    Battery nerds are masterbating now

    • RG

      My g4 just hit zero at 4pm here in the UK. Took 15 seconds to swap out the battery to 100%.

      See you at your patch, near the wall charger.

      • 29

        your batteries recharge back to 100 automatically when they are outside your phone?

        • RG

          Yeah, in the external battery cradle. Cost $3. Never any phone charging or wall hugging required.

          I walk around with 6000mah of battery, it’s just split into two parts.

          • 29

            wow man. i cant do that. too inconvenient for me

          • RG

            It’s much easier to charge an extra battery in the charger cradle at night than to be constantly hunting for a plug socket during the day.

          • abn

            Thats it thats all you got. Pay your electric bill then you can use your wall outlets. Am I helping. Wowww Im Rg I got battery in my pocket. FOH

          • Chris

            Never once have I Wal hugged

          • RG

            You don’t use your phone enough then

      • abn

        See you getting a Samsung. You know u want one bro go get it stop it. Ok

        • RG

          You’re either young, illiterate, stupid or all three.

          • abn

            You have a fucked up phone and you can count.

          • RG

            One out of two, not bad.

          • abn

            See I give good comments just not about that raggedy ass phone you got.

      • Chris

        But you need to keep that one recharged. What happens if you forget?

      • abn

        Woop deee doooo. Im 50 if you really wanna know my young friend. And i like it when Someone uses the internet to call names. Hey look at me I changed my battery. Now what

  • patstar5

    Well I assume this phone won’t be water resistant so Samsung definitely has an advantage there.

  • HA559

    This looks good. Looking forward to the LG device/s at MWC.

  • Shemploo

    I can almost guarantee you that the phone itself will have a tiny/small always attached battery, allowing you to hot swap batteries in real time, while keeping the phone always on. Booya! – How can I guarantee this? Because it would be stupid not to.

    Now please please I beg you LG, AMOLED screen + healthy support for unlocking Bootload + ROM community.

  • mobilemann

    kids on this forum don’t remember handspring. lol.

  • Biga173rd

    Now i’m really interested to see how LG will unveil this device.

  • Fredrol

    Im not sure if i have understand this correctly..
    The battery sits inside this slot, so if you change it with a DAC, then the phone wont turn on since you dont have a battery? Or does it Support an extra battery for better battery life? :p

    • Deminox

      You have to unmount an sd card before removing it. On the g4 you have to take off the back, which means there is a small chance you might bump out the battery while switching out the card. So it’s recommended to turn off the phone first.

      I’m sure the procedure will be “turn off device. Add expansion item.”. LG phones boot super fast anyways.

      The other possible though unlikely thing is a second smaller battery that only gets used while you have the main Battery out to switch accessories.

      • Fredrol

        So the battery will be the part that you remove from under the phone and the extra connect to this part? I see. :)

    • Ouinestone

      Sounds more like a hot swapping extra battery.

  • Alienated Samsung customer

    Waiting since Galaxy Note 3 for a new flagship device, with LG G5 the wait is over. LG take my money!

  • SnakeSplitskin

    If LG makes the mistake of joining the battery to the bottom plate for the phone then this will prove to be a major design flaw. Sure it will be easier to slip in and out of the phone, but where the heck are you going to store your spare battery? I can’t imagine anyone wanting to put this in their pocket let alone attempt to try to pull it out. Just a very strange design decision without consideration for ergonomics.

    • Ouinestone

      It surely plugs into the bottom, then you slide them back up. You just keep the battery in your pocket, not the whole set.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        Your comment is a bit cryptic. Are you saying that the battery and bottom plate are separate pieces? If so then that is just as inconvenient as removing a backplate. You still have two pieces to contend with when swapping a battery. A better solution would have been a sliding door at the bottom that when opened, allows you to insert the battery that clicks in and stays in place. Removing it would require pushing it in until it clicks to release (a la S-Pen on the Note 5). Truthfully, it remains to be seen whether the battery and bottom plate are a single piece or separate on the G5. Judging by the illustration on the box, it seems to be one piece.

        • Ouinestone

          I do see it as two pieces.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            well alright. we’ll just have to wait and see. I hope it is 2 pieces. I’d hate to see an OEM fail miserably with such a decision.

    • Jay Chiah

      I’m not sure if you have heard of this but there’s an invention dated centuries back called ‘backpack’ or ‘rucksack’ sometimes even called ‘bag’. It has different types and sizes from small to big. It is what people use to store their belongings.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        You’re joking, right? You do realize “the man bag” hasn’t caught on to the majority of men, right? Is everyone storing their current spare batteries in a backpack or rucksack? I don’t think so. The pocket is still the go-to place to grab your spare battery. But let’s consider the backpack for a moment. Pulling a spare battery out of a backpack containing other stuff is still kind of easy to do. You just reach in, dig your hand around, and eventually you’ll find the battery at the bottom. You can just grab it and pull it out. With LG’s new configuration, pulling it out will be a little more difficult because now it can get snagged on other things causing you to pull more out than just the battery or worse yet, keep you from pulling the battery out because it’s snagged on part of the internals of the backpack. Perhaps this is a minor inconvenience, but it’s an added inconvenience that didn’t exist before. The whole idea of evolving your hardware is to add value to the user experience, not make it harder.

        • Jay Chiah

          Why so much hate man? Have you seen the review video? The battery is not connected to the bottom plate and it can be taken off, that means it’s just one flat battery lying in your bag or side pocket that can be easy to take out. Perhaps you like things like charging cable or battery sitting in your pocket all day, but some people prefer not having stuff in their pocket all the time, you don’t necessary change your battery every single hour so why let it sit in your pocket?
          Oh about ‘the man bag hasn’t caught on the the majority of men’, clearly you haven’t gotten out from your room much so i suggest you get some sunlight on you soon.

      • SnakeSplitskin

        You asked my why so much hate. I’m not sure what you’re talking about. I don’t hate anything. The G5 just didn’t look like a successful effort. I did eventually see photos of the G5’s battery and that it actually detaches from the bottom plate. But that still means an extra step a user has to take to replace the battery. Here are the total steps:

        1) remove bottom plate & battery cartridge
        2) detach spent battery from bottom plate
        3) attach new battery to bottom plate
        4) re-insert cartridge into phone

        The old way was remove back plate, take battery out, add new battery, attach back plate. If you’re going to redesign something you should definitely make sure it becomes more convenient for the user, not less convenient.

        As for man bags, you obviously haven’t left the coffee shop you’ve been spending all your time at. You know, the one full of gay & metrosexual young adults. There is this thing called the rest of America, you know, the one with men over 35 and younger guys who don’t trim their eye brows and take endless Instagram selfies. They are not into carrying man bags. As a matter of fact, every time I look at the window I rarely see a guy with a manbag. Does your father carry one? No. When I turn on the TV I don’t see anyone in the tv shows carrying them. No one in the news reports carries them. So get over this notion that every guy has a purse to put his stuff. That’s just being stupid and totally unrelated to the real world.

        • Jay Chiah

          Okay, maybe you’re right about the extra one step for replacing the battery, but they did find a way to offer a removable battery while keeping the aluminium unibody as well as keeping the phone thin while having a removable battery (thinner than S7 according to gsmarena), have you thought maybe that’s the reason why they can’t make a detachable back? From what i know there’s no other phone which announced at MWC that have aluminum body and removable battery altogether. Also this design allows the phone to have expandable module like the camera and B&O speaker module which they had shown in MWC as well, and they said there are more to come, can’t you at least give them credit of being innovative? You made statements that sound like the phone’s design is a total disaster and you wondered why i asked you if you were being hateful?

          You mentioned that you keep a battery case so you can keep your phone running all day, can you imagine someone develops a battery module that can do the same job while keeping your phone case free?

          Unrelated to the topic, i have no idea why you subjectively accused men that use bags of being gay or metrosexual, as well as sounded like being gay or metrosexual is a bad thing that you can use the term to insult others, i’m even surprised that you live in America where they said people are supposed to be open-minded. To answer your question, yes my father used to carry a bag, where he put his laptop in, so he could take it to his office and home to do accounting related stuff. And i too carry a backpack sometimes so i can have my laptop or documents with me while working at other places. To further share my experience, i do carry backpack around while not working as well so i can have my notebook, power bank or maybe some extra clothes with me as once i leave home i don’t normally come back until night time (i live in Malaysia and it’s hot all year long so having extra clothes to change is nice). I don’t really see the problem of having extra batteries for a phone.

          The fact that you’ve rarely seen men with bag on the streets somehow surprised me, maybe you live in a suburb area, i don’t know. But from where i stay and the countries i have been too, i’ve seen lots of people no matter the gender holding bags everywhere, some countries (like Taiwan) where they have lots of motorbike rider and bags is a necessity, search ‘japanese people on the street’ on google image and tell me how many businessman and young man carry a bag if you still don’t have an idea of what i am trying to say. America isn’t the only country in the world dude, you gotta take other countries into account as well. Maybe someday you can travel around and see the world too, it really opens your mind my friend.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            You are correct, LG is the only one offering a full aluminum body while still retaining the replaceable battery. And I do commend them for being able to accomplish that. My whole point was that if they were going to go this route that it should have been an improvement to the replacement process, not a detriment. The battery could have just as easily been inserted by itself with spring action insert/removal similar to the S-Pen on the Note 5. Voila, no need to remove a plate or any part of the phone. Instead they designed the need to remove the entire bottom of the phone.

            I do give credit for innovation but what good is that if the innovation doesn’t add value? I can innovate a better sun hat by adding a near zero weight integrated air conditioner. But in the bigger scheme of things, does that really add much value? LG’s DAC audio is great except that you’ll never get to use it with the camera module. The camera module is fine BUT your camera quality or capabilities receive no improvement. All you really get is a 1500mah battery and some camera buttons and whole lot of added bulk. G5 users will have to pay extra for DAC audio, extra battery juice, and dedicated hardware buttons. Couldn’t LG have innovated and made all those things standard on the G5 (bigger battery, dedicated camera button, built-in DAC audio)? This certainly would have made it a more appealing phone and more competitive to the S7.

            Thinness is fine in a phone but it’s not the pinnacle feature in phone design no matter what Apple thinks. If it was, then having a phone as thin as a business card would be all the rage. Obviously a phone that thin wouldn’t be very ergonomic. Samsung was wise to loosen its fascination with thinness slightly with the S7 and S7 Edge in order to beef up the batteries. The loss in a few tenths of millimeters is more than made up by the gain in battery performance. LG would have done well to also understand the importance of standard battery life. The S6 is still getting beat up over battery life. Right now the battery module on the G5 is bulky but only adds 1500mah of power. That’s minuscule amount of power for the bulk it adds. If I’m going to add extra battery, I want the daddy of all power and I won’t mind sacrificing bulk for it. Hence why a Zero Lemon 8500mah battery case is worth having. Why bother if you can’t get that type of power. I only need this battery case in the rare instances I’m all day at Disneyland or working all day at a convention or anywhere else that keeps me away from my wireless charger for more than 10hours.

            You’re the one that said man-bags were the norm. I had to contrast that statement with why they are not the norm. Man-bags are typical among younger “metro-sexual” or gay. There’s nothing negative about being gay or metrosexual. Most straight men don’t want to come across as effeminate so they avoid purses, makeup, etc. And not all gay men carry manbags. Just the contrary. But if you see the men who do carry manbags some will bet metro and the others will be gay. But the word Metrosexual does not imply fem or gay. It simply means men who spend a lot of time to cultivate a more manicured look and are generally more fashionably minded. That too is fine. Their numbers though aren’t as widespread as your typical type of macho male or wannabe macho male or even regular undefined male. Ergo, you’re not going to see very many manbags when you actually compare it to the world-wide number of male smart-phone owners. Therefore the number of people with batteries in manbags is very tiny compared to the number of people who carry batteries in their pockets. That’s all I was trying to say. And make no mistake LAPTOP BAGS, BACKPACKS, AND OVERNITE BAGS ARE NOT MANBAGS!

            I think I already mentioned the issues with carrying spare batteries. I’ll mention them again:
            1) You have to carry around several pieces of phone items vs. zero with a sealed battery
            2) you have to dig into your bag or pocket and pull them out to use them
            3) you can’t readily determine if you’ve pulled out an already spent battery therefore increasing your risk of installing a spent battery back into the phone
            4) The inconvenience of replacing a battery: remove plate, remove battery, insert new battery, replace plate. Complicated if tried while walking (try pulling batteries out of bag/pocket and then replacing in the phone while you’re on the move in an airport: dropped phone, dropped battery, dropped plate)
            5) uncomfortable batteries in your pocket, noticed particularly when sitting down
            6) remembering to recharge your batteries
            7) buying more than one batty charger
            8) buying extra batteries

            Can you see why having spare batteries isn’t really the best solution to having power when you need it? It’s totally inconvenient. Buy wireless chargers and a battery case and your life will be a lot better.

          • Jay Chiah

            Hmmm, i can argee with you that they could have made it easier to insert the battery, maybe make it in a way that instead of attaching the battery on the bottom plate first you can just slide the battery in and have it lock by a clip (like in dslr camera) then close it with the plate.

            To be honest with you i didn’t know what exactly is a ‘man-bag’ before google search for it, all these time i was refering to general backpack or shoulder strap bag, perhaps my knowledge of fashion isn’t that profound yet.

            I guess after all it comes back to each of our own opinion on this subject, millions of people would argee on what you have stated and millions will stand by my statements, this discussion will never conclude with who’s right and who’s wrong. Frankly speaking i still don’t find it a hassle to change the battery even after you mentioned your points, i wouldn’t mind sacrificing just a few steps to have a 100% battery right away and some people would feel the same way too.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Okay, I have to make one more comment. ONe can find an endless supply of photos when running Google searches. I conducted the following searches:

            commuters in Malaysia
            commuters in Tokyo
            commuters in Bezhing

            Malaysia by far had the most photos of guys with bags but those were mostly fashion photos of young guys. All other photos found had less bag carrying men than men carrying bags. Even the guys on mopeds and motorcycles didn’t have bags. So do I need to assume that all the people in these photos wanted to first put their bags down before posing for their candid photo shots?

  • abn

    DEM. If I nay call u dem. Dem lg g4 phones aint squat. Benchmark scores do mean alot. It shows you who works hard for phone performance. And as for bloatware its manageable, some of it u need some, and some u dont. Heres the thing Heres how you know you have a value added phone its when everyone else tries to measure up to what that company’s standards and performance are. That being said Lg folk always coming after Sammy cause they want something in their phones that Sam has. And its called the it factor Everbody has to have It. So stop it Dem go on get the S7 u know you want it. I could hit you with I know a guy who has an lg g4 and his experience. But you will come bk and go in another direction. Ala benchmark scores Lg g5 better get up the list this time or it will be a najor failure. Do u look at sales verdus phone performance. Ssmmy way ahead of lg.

  • abn

    OK lg g5 soon to be owners
    Grabbing one of those phones is like watching the new
    X FILES series. You just dont know whats gonna happen
    And you better hope they pull it off. Cause if they dont puill this off Lg will have to look at just abandoning that whole series. Riding on the coat tails of Sam all these years and not be able to make a dent into there sales and performance. WHAT A MAJOR FAILURE. You had Sammy remove sd card slot, seal phone, unremoveable battery and still Smoked them. FOH. LG you seeeee thissss post.

  • Robin George

    Samsung sucksssssssssssssssssss……… Lg is equal to innovation…. Hell yeah

  • Soco na Cara

    Looks like a great feature, but I’ll wait till its second generation on the G6. If LG drops it, it wasn’t good.

  • Ken McKenzie

    Man I don’t think any phone looked as cool as the G4 with leather. I eod like that if they kept that up. I know the performance with the G5 will be good though.