This Sunday is going to be interesting.
While Samsung are planning on revealing their new Galaxy S7 lineup in AMAZING VIRTUAL REALITY, LG is looking to take the more traditional route, and will be streaming the unveiling of the G5 in good ol’ 2 dimensions. A whole lot of images have been outed featuring the device, but few have succeeded in capturing a decent view of the front and back until now. The front looks pretty swell, mostly keeping the design choices of the LG G3 and G4, which had absolutely phenomenal form factors in my opinion, still rivaling those of brand new phones. I sold my G3 when I switched to the Nexus 6, but honestly wish I had kept it. I occasionally spot them on public transit, and every time I have flashbacks to the golden days of form factor and removable batteries.
Wait, did you mean the G5 won’t have a removable battery?!?!?!
No, that’s not what I’m saying at all. LG are actually going with a really interesting approach this time around, switching to the all metal trend, but leaving the option of a hot-swappable battery open. This is the first implementation of this type, and LG kind of had to do it, as it’s the entire point of the G-line at this point. As you can see on the back of the device, there is a small cutout where the bottom will pop off to reveal the battery cell. Since this is new tech, I don’t exactly expect it to work perfectly on the first implementation, but I’m curious to see it in action.
Other interesting design choices include WAIT WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?!?!?!
Ok so.. We’ve known for a bit now that LG are experimenting with dual cameras again (hello, 2011) but it looks.. so… weird. That’s all I can really say about it. It looks like an alien had a mutated child with an LG smartphone and this is the result. I’m going to try as hard as I can to not judge the design of this right away since I still don’t know how well this actually works, and since other strange first impressions have turned into some of my favorite design choices of all time (coughNexus6Pcough), so we’ll have to wait until we have one of these babys on hand to really put it to the test. Until then, take a look at it , in all it’s glory.