LG G5 rumors: Upcoming flagship phone to sport dual rear cameras, support for hardware expansion

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The LG G5, LG’s smartphone flagship in 2016, is rumored to be getting some design changes that could put the tech company on par with the bigger names in the industry.

According to Evan Blass of VentureBeat, more popularly known as @evbleaks, the LG G5 will borrow some elements from its predecessors in the G series as well as from the company’s recent flagship, the LG V10. His unnamed source also revealed that the new smartphone will have a number of new interesting features, including an all-metal chassis.

Perhaps the most exciting rumor about the new flagship device for tech enthusiasts is the so-called “Magic Slot,” which may be a big revolutionary accessory for mobile phones next year. Simply, it is a hardware expansion that will allow users to add various types of cameras (e.g., action cameras, 360-degree cameras, and VR cameras), external keyboard, audio amplifiers, and other accessories.

The “ticker” display that created a buzz for the LG V10, according to the report, will also be on the G5. This is the 2.1-inch display with 140 x 1040 pixel resolution above the main 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display. Blass believes this is going to be an attention-grabbing feature in the company’s 2016 lineup.

It is said that LG G5 will be powered by the latest 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, featuring a 14nm process and a 2.2-3 GHz speed. Additionally, it will have the same 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage as that of the LG G4. However, while the rest of the LG G series have had 3000 mAh battery, the G5 is reportedly going to get a smaller 2800 mAh battery.

Another rumored highlight of the LG G5 is its two 16-megapixel rear cameras, which will enable the phone to take 135-degree wide-angle photos. As that on the G4, the G5 will maintain an 8-megapixel front camera. However, the source did not mention whether or not it will carry the same f/2.0 aperture as that of its predecessor.

There is no word yet for the LG G5’s price and release date. Blass, however, referenced it to the G4 that was unveiled and released in April 2015.