It’s just a few short weeks untilthis year’s Mobile World Congress kicks off, where LG is widely believed to be going head-to-head with Samsung in the release of its new LG G5 flagship handset. Previous rumours have given us little nuggets of information about the new handset and now, thanks to an exclusive tip from Shai Mizrachi , we’re able to confirm some information about LG’s upcoming release.
First, we can reveal that the rumours of a departure from the tried-and-tested G-series design is actually true, with our diagram revealing the G5 will be thinner, taller and wider than the current G-series flagship. TheLG G4 measures 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3-9.8mm while the G5 is expected to be 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm.
What is also interesting is that LG have seemingly opted to move the volume keys to the side of the handset instead of the rear like on previous G-series devices and no doubt the extra thickness plays a large part in this. While the volume buttons do move to the side, the power button looks set to be retained on the rear beneath the camera and will seemingly feature a fingerprint scanner, like we’ve seen on the latest Nexus handsets.
Our diagram also ties in with a previous leak from CNet Korea (below), which suggest we’ll see a radically redesigned G-series flagship announced by LG at next month’s show.
What else do we know about the upcoming LG G5? So far, we’ve heard reports of a switch to an all-metal build – a first for the G-series and LG – and a separate source of ours says this is accurate to the best of their knowledge. The display is expected to measure approximately 5.6-inches with QHD resolution and our diagram suggests we’ll see an edge-to-edge display.
LG has confirmed we’ll see the LG G5 announced on February 21st in Barcelona and with just over a month to go, this won’t be the last we hear about the G5 before LG reveals all. The G4 was a stellar smartphone and LG topped it with the premium LG V10 – although this isn’t available in all markets – at the end of last year; based on the leaks so far, the LG G5 could continue this trend and pose the greatest challenge to Samsung in 2016.
Like all leaks, we suggest you treat the information with a degree of scepticism but with previously accurate leaks from the same source, it’s likely our diagram reveals a new design language for LG and its flagship handsets.