Say what you will about LG, but this Korea-based smartphone manufacturer is sure not afraid to take risks and experiment with unusual builds, layouts and aesthetic components.
Back in 2013, the G2 proposed an ingenious solution to the thick-bezel pickle, moving all buttons to the rear. Two years later, the G4 adopted an unconventional genuine leather look, then the V10 entered the picture with dual screens, dual front cameras and a super-robust construction, while this spring’s G5 took a few cues from Google’s modular Project Ara concept that never came to be.
Despite G5’s undeniable failings, early V20 renders appeared to suggest the fall 2016 phablet would get its own set of “Friends”, attachable via a love-or-hate bottom mechanism. But it turns out LG can’t refrain from doing something unique (and potentially controversial) yet again, pulling the plug on modular accessories already, and giving you access to the upcoming 5.7-incher’s (or 5.5-incher’s) battery through a sliding rear door of sorts.
Fresh new renders aim to illustrate how it all works, but keep in mind these are based on purported “eyewitness accounts”, so they may not be 100 percent accurate. The entire report could be erroneous, although a reputable Asian publication is behind it, claiming a button on the side of the LG V20 triggers the “door”, which sees the left half of the phone’s back cover removed in order for you to easily replace its cell, microSD card and SIM. Clever or just outright problematic?