The LG G5 is here, and it looks to be off to some solid early sales action – though action that still looks like it will fall seriously short of Samsung’s success with its own flagship Galaxy S7. That means that new owners everywhere are getting the chance to take the G5 home and start trying it out first-hand – ourselves included. But as these users spend more time with the G5, some of those willing to take a slightly more destructive approach to their hands-on time are discovering that the G5’s body may not be exactly what all of us were expecting, revealing a heavily plastic-covered shell.
Plastic? But didn’t LG say that the G5 had a “smooth colorful metal surface” created with the help of “an advanced microdizing process which takes anodized aluminum to a whole new level?”
Sure, but the truth appears to be a bit more complicated than just that. Taking a knife to the G5 (we know: ouch) shows that the phone’s metallic facade easily scratches off, revealing it to be a thin finish over a layer of plastic. Digging deeper still, we eventually get to the aluminum underneath.
What seems to be the case is that this process was necessary for the no-antenna-lines look LG was going for. We don’t know if the top layer is straight-up paint or some fancy process that applies a thin layer of metal directly to plastic (which might make more sense in the context of LG’s description), but the important takeaway here is that the G5 isn’t metal through-and-through.
That may not ultimately change your impressions of the phone any, but it’s one more consideration you may want to keep in mind when making your purchasing decision.
We’ve reached out to LG for comment on the materials involved here, and will update this post with any response.