Renders of LG's upcoming G6 show non-removable batteries are in and modular designs are out

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LG made a bold move by giving its flagship smartphone – the G5 – a semi-modular design. But despite some solid hardware, most people weren’t impressed by the handset, which failed to sell well. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that LG appears to have gone back to a traditional design with the G6.

Renders and a video based on the upcoming smartphone’s specs have been shared by @OnLeaks. Assuming they’re accurate, they show that the G6 has abandoned its predecessor's modular features.

Unlike many of today’s smartphones, the G6 appears to have a totally flat screen. There’s also a USB Type-C port, and fans will be thankful to find LG hasn’t “done an Apple” by removing the 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of the device, you can see a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup with dual-tone LED flash.

The G6’s internal hardware is still a mystery, but rumors say the flat display measures 5.3 inches and has a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The handset is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s next generation Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is built using a 10-nanometer finFET process.

Dropping the modular design will doubtlessly be welcomed by most people, but it does mean the G6 joining the ranks of most other handsets in having a non-removable battery.

As it did with the G5, LG is expected to unveil the G6 at Mobile World Congress this February. Rumors say it could release soon afterward, possibly as early as March, in an attempt to beat Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to market.

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Skidmarksdeluxe

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If the rumours are true then the G6 will just be another cookie cutter high end phone with nothing terribly compelling apart from the traditional earphone jack. As for the removable battery? I doubt whether too many will mourn that loss and all that do will complain about it in forums like this and you won't have to remove your socks to count them.
 

Kunming

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If the rumours are true then the G6 will just be another cookie cutter high end phone with nothing terribly compelling apart from the traditional earphone jack. As for the removable battery? I doubt whether too many will mourn that loss and all that do will complain about it in forums like this and you won't have to remove your socks to count them.
Sir, Mr Skidsnuffsballoons,

Please do not lie.

As per your letter, delivered via Owl and I quote:
"If the rumours are true then the G6 will just be another cookie cutter high end phone with nothing terribly compelling apart from the traditional earphone jack"
This is called an iPhone. Please do not infringe on Apple property again, or we may be forced to take (I)legal action against you, for copyright infringement, in accordance with MAAFFIAA rules. So to be clear, do not lie again, because lies© were copyrighted by us in 2006.
 

darkzelda

TS Evangelist
The best concept of modular phones I've seen is in the Moto Z family, it doesn't affect the phone, it just adds things to it.
 

nismo91

TS Evangelist
LG had lost its design language. The G6 looks like an upgrade to the old G2 rather than an upgrade to G3, G4 or G5. As a matter of fact, I liked the V10 more than the V20.

They better fix the bootloop or poor soldering issue immediately if they do not want to end up buried by competitors. Have been using LG for quite some time since the Viewty era, and they used to be a solid and robust phone until the LG E900 (WP7) and G4 which had both mainboards replaced by LG.
 
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As for the removable battery? I doubt whether too many will mourn that loss and all that do will complain about it in forums like this and you won't have to remove your socks to count them.
Whereas there are plenty of intellectual giants who simply can't understand that killing off the removable battery allows manufacturers to spec any cheap, short-lived battery to place in mobile device designs. Which is such a novel way of compelling the consumer to upgrade... not that any tech companies would do such a nefarious thing. Right, Giant?
 

Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
Without the removable battery, all the G6 is is a cheap knockoff of the s7, but with bootloop issues. What reason is there to get this over an iphone or galaxy? It certainly isnt for the build quality, or the horrendous skin, or the slow updates.

Many who wanted removable batteries fled to LG after samsung released the S6, so it wouldnt surprise me to see LG sales fall with the G6.
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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Whereas there are plenty of intellectual giants who simply can't understand that killing off the removable battery allows manufacturers to spec any cheap, short-lived battery to place in mobile device designs. Which is such a novel way of compelling the consumer to upgrade... not that any tech companies would do such a nefarious thing. Right, Giant?
Right. Minnow.