Accessory manufacturers are given the phones’ drawings well in advance and have become a reliable source of intel on upcoming product designs. So in this particular instance, we’re talking about a range of rugged G5 cases, which are just as good at providing protection, as they are at revealing certain design choices on LG’s part. For one, the dual camera on the back gets yet another confirmation, after today’s boxed prototype and an older diagram.
LG G5 case renders The circular fingerprint reader on the back is all but a certainty by now, but the volume buttons will be a thing of the past, for the G-series at least. Even though a couple of the case renders still feature remnants of those buttons, the volume rocker on the left side clearly states otherwise. The question must be asked then, where’s the power button, and by the looks of it the fingerprint sensor may actually be inside one, like on the V10. The rest of the details are very much in line with the previous leak – a Type-C USB connector and speaker on the bottom, and the 3.5mm headphone jack on top. There’s a mic on either end of the smartphone, and we’d venture a guess that the second cutout on the top is for an IR blaster.
Seeing how parts of the Samsung Galaxy S7 were recently spotted online, it comes as no surprise that we are starting to see more of the LG G5 as well. A fresh set of photos claims to depict a hardware-reference LG G5 unit. The OEM made sure to hide as much of the design as it could, but the shot still provides some valuable insight into the upcoming flagship. Straight off the bat, we see a double camera setup on the back, just as anticipated by various rumors. The main shooter is reported to be a 16MP one, while the secondary one has a resolution of 8MP. The most-likely usage scenario for the setup is advanced focus modes, although some clever exposure or low-light magic is also in the realm of possibility. Examining the back further, we find a round fingerprint reader and not much else, which confirms that the back-mounted buttons might be going out of fashion.
It would appear that other rumors of a streamlined metal design are also true. Other controls, visible on the unit, include a tray in the bottom part of the right-hand side, It holds the SIM card and the SD card slots. There is a single speaker visible on the bottom of the phone, flanked by a microphone and a USB Type-C port. As for the other major rumor about the G5 and its alleged detachable bottom part and sliding battery mechanism, it is hard to judge from the pictures at hand. Even if the unit does have said functionality, its added plastic casing definitely prevents its usage. As for other specs, the G5’s dimensions will allegedly be 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2 mm. These make it taller yet narrower than its predecessor. Past rumors have talked about it featuring a 5.6-inch QHD touchscreen, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and an 8 MP selfie snapper.