With LG passing on a modular design for the LG V20 and worrying signs suggesting that the G5 hasn’t been selling particularly well, many have been wondering whether LG’s brief experiment with modular smartphones is over before it even really had chance to get started. Not so, according to LG spokesman Ken Hong, the next G series handset will also come sporting a modular design too.
Speaking with CNET, Hong stated that LG will be sticking with its modular concept in the subsequent generation of G handsets, although he didn’t provide any exact details. Even so, plans appear to have already been made for a modular LG G6. He also clarified that the development of the LG V20 was already well underway by the time that the G5 hit the market, so the sales performance of the modular phone had no bearing on the V20’s design. Despite the growing similarities between the two aesthetic designs, LG seems happy enough to develop its G and V series with different goals and features.
The fact that LG is sticking with a modular design might be good news for current G5 owners. It’s possible that the company will look to retain some form of cross compatibility between its current and next generation G series handsets, as this would benefit consumers and module developers. However, strong competition from Lenovo’s impressive modular design in its new Moto Z series may cause LG to alter its technology in order to keep up in terms of features and ease of use. Either way, the company’s second generation approach to modular smartphones should be better than the first.
For others, another modular phone from LG might suggest that not enough development time will be spent on bringing the right type of flagship features needed to bring the fight to Samsung’s Galaxy line-up, which has outperformed many analyst’s sales expectations this year. Not to mention that the limited availability of modules in some regions essentially makes the whole design pointless for some, save for the removable battery.
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