If these mock-renders are anything to go by, LG’s next device will be pretty unique. Aside from the usual rumours of an all-metal unibody, the latest report suggests that it’ll also contain a removable section allowing for battery replacements.
More often than not, when a company launches an all-metal unibody design, they sacrifice the ability to remove and replace the battery. It’s happened with iPhones for as long as I can remember, it’s happened with HTC’s devices, and even the newest Moto X has no removable battery.
LG on the other hand have always offered some way of removing the battery, usually with a plastic case on the back of the device which can be removed. This has however prevented the company from having a more sleek unibody design. But LG may have just figured out a way around that.
According to a new rumour, LG’s next device will have that coveted all-metal unibody but with an added extra, you’ll be able to remove the battery via a drawer-type mechanic, or a completely removable section of the phone.
It’s hard to describe in words, so thankfully CNET Korea has mocked up two of the “eye witness” designs.
It seems that LG have been testing a number of approaches for the design but all of them contain a similar slimline all-metal body form factor. According to the report, it seems LG has decided against the drawer idea and instead will be opting for something similar to the below image.
It’ll be a completely free battery method with a detachable bottom allowing for the battery to slide out. The bottom edge would be removed by sliding or pressing two buttons or catches near the base of the phone, which would also keep the section secure when not removing the device.
Going by the above renders, it looks like LG may also be dumping their rear-mounted button scheme, opting for a more traditional side-placed volume and power button. There does seem to be a fingerprint sensor still on the back of the device however.
Honestly, it seems a little too good to be true. I mean, it’ll definitely solve a problem for those wanting removable batteries but also a similar slimline design which is being adopted nowadays, but it just seems like there could be too many flaws to this idea. Such as durability, the ability to withstand dust and water getting into the small gap, not to mention the connections becoming loose and the whole device just falls apart.
On the other hand, if LG has managed to create some innovative methods to keep things together and durable, then they’re certainly onto a winner. It’s not impossible, as the use of electromagnets could certainly keep that bottom part in place.
Who knows. LG is set to unveil something big at MWC in February, so you really don’t have too long to wait.