We’ve heard a few leaks and rumors regarding Samsung’s Galaxy S7, but we haven’t heard much about the upcoming LG G5. At least until now, that is. According to popular leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) writing for VentureBeat, the LG G5 will sport a number of interesting design changes that we didn’t really expect would be featured on LG’s first 2016 flagship.
Sourcing people familiar with the matter, the LG G5 will supposedly sport a metal chassis that borrows elements from past G-series devices as well as V10, the company’s most recent flagship. It’ll come with a 5.3-inch display with a Quad HD resolution, as well as a secondary “ticker” display, similar to what was featured on the V10. VentureBeat says the secondary display will be one of LG’s headline features across its 2016 lineup.
The secondary ticker display is now a staple in LG's flagship lineup
It’ll also supposedly be powered by the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, along with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of on-board storage. In addition, while the V10 utilizes dual cameras on the front of the device, the G5 will sport dual camera lenses on the back, giving the supposed 16MP rear camera 135-degree wide-angle capabilities. Blass comments further on the rear camera setup on the G5:
In between the two lenses is a circle with a quartet of elements in a square configuration, according to the briefed individual, who was also shown images of the upcoming flagship. Two of those are LED flash bulbs, while another one is a laser for assisting with autofocus, first deployed on 2014’s LG G3. The fourth element is also found on G4: a so-called RGB sensor to further assist with autofocus and other scene-recognition functions.
The LG G5’s front-facing camera will have an 8MP resolution.What should come as no surprise to anyone, LG will reportedly employ a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the G5. What’s worth noting, though, is that it will have its own module below the camera sensor similar to the Nexus 5X, rather than a fingerprint reader that’s embedded in the home button like on the V10. The G5 will also potentially sport a slightly smaller 2800mAh battery compared to the G4’s 3000mAh cell. There was no mention of a removable battery or a microSD card slot, but there’s still hope. These two features were big selling points for LG’s G4, so we’d be pretty surprised if the company removed both from their next flagship.
Perhaps the most odd part about this leak is that the G5 might come with something LG is calling the “Magic Slot”, which will supposedly serve as a hardware expansion port for plugging in accessories such as a VR headset, external keyboard or audio amplifier. No other details were given regarding the Magic Slot, though it does have our attention.
Even though the popular leaker has been incorrect in the past, it doesn’t happen very often. We’ll still need to take this one with a grain of salt, though, as it’s still pretty early in the year to be hearing about G5 rumors. Pricing and availability details were not given.
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