The LG G5 appears to be the company’s first flagship smartphone after the Optimus G to ditch the iconic rear key design. The flagship smartphone is expected to make its debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month.
A leaked design diagram suggests that the G5 would not feature a rear-facing volume rocker that already praised on many LG smartphones in the recent past, including the most recently launched G4. Instead of the rear key design, the new smartphone is appeared to have volume buttons on the side to counter Samsung’s Galaxy S7 that would also be unveiled at the MWC this year.
LG’s rear key design offered an ergonomic feel on its smartphones as they have a volume rocker and a power/lock key on the back. The design was also adopted by some other smartphone vendors and the Asus Zenfone 2 was emerged as the first non-LG flagship last year with rear-facing keys.
Apart from ditching the rear key design, LG seems to have used an aluminium build on the G5. This new build has more curved edges and some plastic antenna strips similar to the ones featured on Apple’s iPhone models.
The diagram also shows the presence of a fingerprint sensor that might be available on the LG G5 to deliver a secured experience. The smartphone is also appeared to have a USB C-Type port on the bottom, alongside a microphone and a speaker grill. An Infrared sensor, 3.5mm jack and a secondary microphone is spotted on the top.
Compared to the last year’s G4, the LG G5 is taller but narrower with 149.4mm height, 73.9mm width and 8.2mm thickness. It is rumoured to have a 5.6-inch QHD display and a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with an octa-core CPU.
LG is likely to provide Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the G5 with its proprietary interface. Also, the smartphone is said to have a 20-megapixel rear camera sensor and an 8-megapixel front camera sensor.
Details such as the price and availability of the LG G5 are expected to be announced at the company’s press conference on February 21. So stay tuned for more.