LG Tipped to Ditch Plastic for an All-Metal Design in Next Flagship Smartphone, G5


2015 is coming to an end all focus has already shifted to what 2016 has in store for us. With the rumour mill already on overdrive over possible launches of the latest and the greatest from Sony and Samsung in under a month’s time at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that number may actually be higher than we thought. And even if whatever devices are leaking don’t show up at CES, another platform for major product announcements, Mobile World Congress, which takes place in Barcelona towards the end of February, is not far off. The latest in the endless cycle of leaks and rumours that at least makes sense is LG and its expected successor to the G4, the G5.

LG is said to be rethinking the design and build quality of its premium smartphones. Just like the Galaxy Alpha last year heralded the beginning of all-metal Samsung premium smartphones, another mid-range device, the LG Class/Zero is said to be the start of a new era for the South Korean company. LG will draw inspiration from the device on its 2016 flagship smartphone, the LG G5.

The material used to make the device is not the only one getting a facelift. Other notable features are said to be introduced in the G5 including an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner. While most of the other premium smartphones from rivals like Samsung and Apple have been shipping with fingerprint sensors for a while now, LG has been late to the party. But since it is only this year that Android started natively supporting fingerprint scanners, it did not miss much and it may be joining the fray at just the right. As long as it executes it well. It took Samsung and others a while to get it.

A 5.6-inch QHD panel and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor are also tipped to be on board. As is 3/4 GB RAM and a 20-megapixel camera with several enhancements over the current cameras on the LG G4 and the LG V10 like even better laser autofocus. LG’s rumoured mobile payments service may also debut on the device.