It looks like LG's not done with modular phones — even after the shaky reception to the G5 — as revealed by new render leak.
LG may be set to continue its modular experiment if freshly leaked renders of the upcoming V20 are any indicator. The CAD renders of the phone, given by Steve Hemmerstoffer (a.k.a @onleaks) to Android Authority show a design that's largely a mash-up of G5 and V10 elements.
A bigger, boxier G5 with a secondary ticker display.
If the renders are accurate — and Hemmerstoffer has a decent track record here — then we're looking at a more angular handset than the G5, but with a similar dual-lens camera setup around the back, a larger display (estimated around the 5.6 to 5.7-inch mark) and secondary ticker display, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. But the real surprise? It's looking increasingly likely that the V20 will be LG's second modular phone.
The renders show a G5-style release switch on the bottom right side of the phone, and what appears to be a clean join between the bottom section of the phone and the body. It sure looks like we're in for another LG phone with swappable modules.
A modular V20 may seem a surprise after the decidedly lackluster performance of the G5, but then again the V20 would've been far along in development by the time sales of that phone began. Regardless, we can probably all agree that LG needs some more compelling modular options if it's to compete with Samsung's almighty Note 7.
Interestingly, the renders only appear to show one front-facing selfie camera, as opposed to the duo of lenses on the V10. The phone is also purported to be exactly as thick as the G5, measuring 7.7mm through, except for the 8.8mm-thick camera bump. All things being equal, that should mean we'll get a bigger battery than the 3,000mAh capacity shared by the G5 and V10, but other specs remain unclear.
The LG V20, recently announced as the first phone running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, will be officially unveiled at an event in San Francisco on Sept. 6.