In the current world of smartphones, when it comes to batteries there are two kinds of devices – phones with removable batteries, and phones without removable batteries. More often than not, phones without removable batteries are designed as such so that they can have a metal unibody. Naturally, on the other end of the scale, phones with removable batteries can’t use metal and generally use some form of plastic. However, it is rumoured that the LG G5 is going to have the best of both worlds, combining a metal unibody and a removable battery.

To do this, the LG G5 is allegedly going to have a fairly large detachable section at the bottom of the device – as per the image at the top of this article. This allows the battery to slide in and out of the phone and be swapped out whenever necessary, and the phone still maintains an elegant look thanks to its all-metal top half. It’s an intriguing solution, and one which is likely to keep the removable battery supporters happy for yet another year if this does turn out to be true. It will be interesting to see whether other companies will return to removable batteries if LG‘s gamble pays off.

What do you think about the LG G5 having a mechanism like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: CNET Korea via Phandroid

  • John Kiser

    This design seems like it’d be highly unlikely or prone to breaking at least from the render. I find it puzzling why people think a non unibody phone couldn’t use metal components and why a metal unibody would necessarily be good in the first place (they are prone to dents scratches etc and require working around potential antenna issues at times then too) The v10 is a perfect example of where you could of easily used a very thin aluminum backing or metal shell if you realistically wanted to.

    This design unless it is all metal on that bottom piece and is not a thing prone to breaking would just be bad. Plastic tab click in designs like that have a lot of wear and tear and can easily inadvertently snap even when being careful. They would need to be very careful with the design for sure.

  • Daniél Lecoq

    Before, I was all about removable batteries and hated when different manufacturers started to copy the worst part of the iPhone, non-removal(often sub-par) batteries. But today, it’s cheaper to buy a powerful powerbank, or two, than buying the special battery your phone model needs. So as long as the built in battery at least is decent. It doesn’t matter much in the daily life.
    Only thing would be the length of life of the device. When the battery dies or get louse, as they all do after a while. The device is useless.
    Then again. Have you tried to use a more than 2 year old Android phone(or if a flagship, perhaps 3 years) with all the updates from Google(not android versions, but play services and so), it will feel so horrible slow that you just have to buy a new one.