LG’s redesigned G5 revealed early in new design drawings

Meet the LG G5. Photo: Android Authority

Meet the LG G5. Photo: Android Authority

LG’s new G5, which will make its official debut at Mobile World Congress next month, has been revealed early in leaked design drawings. The handset looks a lot like its predecessors from the front, but LG has made a number of big hardware changes.

“First, we can reveal that the rumours of a departure from the tried-and-tested G-series design is actually true, with our diagram revealing the G5 will be thinner, taller and wider than the current G-series flagship,” reports Android Authority, which obtained these diagrams.

“The LG G4 measures 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3-9.8mm while the G5 is expected to be 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm.”

That’s certainly a nice improvement, but arguably the biggest change LG appears to have made with the G5 is to its buttons. With recent G-series flagships, the South Korean company has position all buttons — sleep/wake and the volume rocker — on the back of the device, but not this time.

Like the LG-made Nexus 5X, the G5 appears to have a fingerprint scanner on its back beneath its camera, and volume buttons on its left side. It’s also thought that users will be able to remove the bottom of the device to access its battery, as demonstrated in a previous mockup from CNET Korea.

Accessing the G5's battery. Photo: CNET Korea

Accessing the G5’s battery. Photo: CNET Korea

Sources add that the G5 will have a more premium build this time, made mostly out of metal. LG’s flagships have received criticism for being made almost entirely out of plastic while rivals like the iPhone, the HTC One series, the Galaxy S6, and others are now made out of metal and glass.

LG has confirmed that the G5 will made its debut at MWC next month. Recent rumors have claimed it will feature a 5.6-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.