It has been seven months since the LG G5 hit the market and so far, we’ve heard quite a bit of conflicting reports regarding its successor. Industry sources can’t seem to agree on whether the LG G6 will be modular or not, though latest developments suggest that the South Korean smartphone maker will indeed be ditching the modular design for its next high-end smartphone. Regardless of that, new reports on LG’s 2017 flagship have just surfaced.
As reported by The Korea Herald, the Seoul-based company decided against equipping the LG G6 with a non-removable battery and will stick to traditional, easily removable batteries. According to the sources close to the firm, LG’s decision is closely related to potential complications with “safety and yield.” The Korea Herald speculates that this likely refers to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco which Samsung was in the center of earlier this year. As phone makers keep pushing the limits of the lithium-ion technology, the potential for problems related to overheating, melting, and fires is always on the rise, as evidenced by the Galaxy Note 7. Naturally, a removable battery could still be prone to overheating and related issues, but replacing a battery is not as complicated and expensive as recalling an entire phone line, which Samsung was recently forced to do twice in a span of just a few months. Last but not least, The Korea Herald reports that LG is considering some new features for the LG G6 which were never present in any other phone made by the Seoul-based company. Unfortunately, the outlet doesn’t expand on that claim.
Not surprisingly, LG declined to comment on these rumors. However, in the context of the company losing approximately $680 million on the LG G5, it isn’t far-fetched to believe that LG would decide to stick with what consumers liked and ditch all the things they didn’t. In other words, a removable battery is generally a plus for consumers, while the modular design of the LG G5 wasn’t as well-received, so it seems plausible that the South Korean phone maker would scrap it. All in all, we should know more about the device in just a few months as LG is expected to unveil the LG G6 come early 2017.