While older phones like the Galaxy S5 managed to combine a removable battery cover with an IP67 water-resistant rating, LG clearly felt the risk was not worth it with the LG V34. The V34 is a smaller, water-resistant version of the LG V20. But it does not follow in its larger counterpart’s footsteps – nor those laid down by the likes of the Galaxy S5 – by offering a removable battery.

LG spokesman, Ken Hong told Android Authority that “it was too difficult to keep the removable battery and make it IP rated”. So fans of removable batteries and IP ratings will just have to strike the V34 off their wish list.

That said, Hong also confirmed that LG has “no plans to offer the V34 elsewhere”. Knowing that his unique phone – what many probably hoped the V20 was – will remain a Japan-exclusive will surely pain those hoping for a wider release in the months to come.

LG has no plans to offer the V34 elsewhere.

Of course, as with all foreign-market exclusives, you can always pick one up via an electronics importer. Just check the compatibility of the V34’s LTE bands with your local carrier. Also note that modems not tuned to your particular region may cause additional battery drain, but if you simply must have a smaller, water-resistant V20, then maybe you’re OK with that.

Have you ever imported a phone? Do you think LG should offer the V34 globally?