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LG G5's Magic Slot removable battery pictured ahead of launch

The battery module, which is expected to be part of the company's Magic Slot family of expansion accessories for the LG G5, has been pictured ahead of release. We're only a few days away from seeing the LG G5 be officially announced, but already we have an idea as to what the modules will look like. The leaked pictures fit in comfortably with previous rumors and leaked information.

Unfortunately, that's all we really have to go on. While it's not of the module itself, the box clearly displays what the part will look like and we already have a rough idea as to how the expansion slot will work. The Magic Slot will not only provide access for a battery to be installed, but also a camera module and more.

As always, keep your jar of salt nearby just in case, but do ensure your web browser remains tuned to Android Central as MWC 2016 kicks off. We'll be on the floor providing full coverage of everything LG G5.

Thanks Grant for the tip!

85 Comments
  • Looks cool. Bring on next week already!
  • Looks like you'll be able to drop and swap batteries in the G5 like switching clips on a hand gun Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Magazines"
  • Looks like LG didn't want to make the battery look generic.
  • Kinda kills 3rd party battery makers .
  • Any more than having a non-removable battery? They'll just have to step up their game and release compatible modules instead of just the battery.
  • Meh, I'd rather carry a spare battery in my pocket than that thing. A bit of a fail really, a gimmick that probably will not see any support with super expensive modules. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you sure the battery doesn't pop out of the module? That makes more sense to me. I guess we'll find out shortly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Could be the most interesting phone of MWC or the biggest gimmick as well. LOL. Excited to find out either way.
  • This explains the two buttons on both sides of the case showed earlier .. u press them both to unlock it and pull .. and u can clearly see the two tiny parts on the sides of the black part
  • I remember an ancient HTC made SPV windows mobile device that i had, with a camera module that clipped into a port on the bottom. Funny how things come back around. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or attempt to come back around.. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I'm waiting to see if the fingerprint scanner on the S7 works like a little track pad, like the track ball on the Nexus 1. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or better yet, The Droid Incredible!
  • LG bout to get this win.....Most creative phone off 2016.....to bad it's fugly as hell....I will be buying one tho lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • You've seen it?
  • Leak photo always ugly... Posted via the Android Central App by OnePlus One
  • Replaceable battery YAY!!!!! Never understood the move away by other manufacturers, really dumb. Looking forward to the unveiling.
  • Do you think there is another battery inside the phone as well, or that this is the only battery? If it's the only one, every other magic slot addon will also need a battery and the battery will potentially be smaller, depending on what else is on the addon.
  • That was my first thought. I'm really curious to see how this works in reality. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup. Same here. Can't imagine that the other modules would all have their own power supply when you take this battery out. Curious. Maybe they otherwise power the phone with Unicorn tears. That would be cool. :)
  • maybe a tiny one to keep phone live for the few minutes that you swap the big one, so no reboot!
  • A hot -swappable battery would be nice.
  • What is a hot swappable battery? One you can replace without having to restart the phone?
  • Yes.
  • There's a phone like that already. Forgot the name but it exists. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • That would be awesome. Imagine battery life. Great phone for trips. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Battery life would be the same as any other phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not if their was a battery in it already and the magic slot is an extra battery. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Manufacturers usually fill up all the unused space in a phone with the battery. If there's another reasonable sized battery in there, the phone itself must be pretty big to also be able to have an empty module slot. I think that every module will have to also ship with a battery, but we'll see. That seems like a pretty big issue, for the cost of the modules.
  • Looking at the size of the battery in the photo I really doubt there would be enough room in the phone for another battery. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I do wish they would have used a different name. The teenager in me giggles every time I read "magic slot..."
  • Yep. They'll probably come up with some fancy LG name for it. I think the G-Slot has a ring to it :-p Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like how your mind works Madame People Zebra ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lots of men will never figure it out if they call it a g-slot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The LG slot, oh man this can go on forever!
  • El G-Slot?
  • Perfect comment from someone with 'BigD' in their user name.
  • Accessories for it might be hard to find. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That looks pretty awesome! Guessing there is a small internal Battery that lets you swap this out. All other modules probably Have small batter plus whatever else the add onto the phone.
  • I think there's just a regular battery in the phone. This is just an extra battery for the slot, as opposed to the different camera modules or game controllers or whatever else they can use that slot for. I'm excited to see if they knock this thing out of the park or if it just becomes the Gimmick of the Year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really hope this is an additional cell to one that's already in the phone. I think battery life would be stellar if this is the case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • But the phone could be huge, if that's the case, as it would be holding 2 batteries. Like those ugly extended battery packs that add a massive hump on the back of the phone. If there is another battery in it, it's only going to be small, which means that this battery (or another module with a battery + other features) will be a requirement to have installed.
  • Excellent point. Wishful thinking on my part I suppose! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hot-Swap able? WoW LG blows the competion away it's not even funny anymore.
    Put in infrared blaster , sd card slot and HIFI DAC and we'll see the best smartphone 2016 very early in the year. From the Flex 2 over the V10 and now this beast. Yeah!
    There are no better phones out there. via LG Flex2 with BlackBerry VKB
  • The v10 already has that stuff. Posted via the stainless steel LG V10
  • I agree. It seems LG puts forth more effort than most manufacturers. Of course, the only thing the naysayers gripe about is the skin which I've always found to be very useful and unobtrusive.
  • Agreed, I've no problem with the skin on my v10. I find it snappy and useful. Posted via the stainless steel LG V10
  • Same on my V10. That V10 is the most underrated phone of the year for sure. That build quality is the best I've ever had.
  • My favorite phone by far. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe they'll have an SD card slot module, infrared blaster module and HIFI DAC module (I think the last one is already confirmed with B&O?) You can have those features, but only one at a time ;)
  • I hope the battery add-on comes in at a similar price as your bog-standard replacement battery module — it would suck if it was two or three times as much because of the form factor and materials.
  • Interesting, so you'd essentially have a double battery? I would assume there's another battery in the phone as well otherwise other modules would be useless since you kind of need a battery for the phone to work. That's actually sweet for traveling and such! Wow, I may already dump the V10 for this. We'll have to see.
  • Not sure if i give up the Flex 2 as my daily runner but man, i just stashed 1500$ away for this beast of a phone.
    Pr3tty excited for the LG 360 camera, too! via LG Flex2 with BlackBerry VKB
  • Yeah, I mean I like the V10, but I've just noticed annoying glitches with the second screen that get more annoying to me every time they happen. It was an interesting experiment, but I'm ready to move on to another LG experiment.
  • What glitches? The only thing I see, is the lag on the second screen when the screen is off. Posted via the stainless steel LG V10
  • Well, one is that bluetooth notifications seem to get stuck on the second screen sometimes. Like, in my car, it'll say my bluetooth has connected and then never go away. You can no longer use the second screen once this happens and normally you have to disconnect the bluetooth device and re-connect. to fix it. And there's another weird time where the screen will only show the time. Normally it has the time and date and notification icons. The only way I've found to fix it is to reboot the phone. Still have no idea what causes it to happen since it's usually after I take it out of my pocket. And then there's of course the issue of being unable to turn the main screen on until the second screen is on, but that one is pretty well known since Phil's complained about it a few times.
  • Some devices have large electrolytic capacitors which slowly discharge and keep the juice up to the chips while you replace the battery...
  • i would love a hot swappable battery
  • That looks suspiciously like a SATA port. The battery appears to be mounted on the power side, and the remaining part fits where the data plug is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Regardless of what's shown, I'm sure there'll be plenty of salt. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is the G5 going to be AMOLED? I hope it's AMOLED. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doubt it. LG typically uses LCD screens. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If they have that Always On display, OLED would be a nice thing. I mean, they could do the same with IPS LCD, but I would prefer OLED for that screen. Plus, LG has made a lot of OLED panels over the past several years, so they've got experience.
  • Excited for this, even though my new v10 is staying with me. If this module thing sticks from here on out... Maybe it'll work out the glitches in the first release and maybe implement it in the next v-whatever or G6. Either way LG is making moves that no other company does, props to them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why can't they keep the battery shape the same from year to year. That way we could use all those extra batteries from our G4 that LG was so kind to send us.
  • Lol yeah I was sad I couldn't use my G3 batteries in my G4 Posted via LG H815
  • Finally nice to see a new take or refreshed take on mobile devices. My largest concern is the structural integrity at the mount point. Admittedly it does seem to have a large carry on that inserts into the slot. Cool concept though and I'm very interested in seeing how it turns out!
  • Although I'll be sticking to Nexus phones from now on, it is exciting to see phones like this and the Cat S60 with cool new features and innovations.
  • Looks dope Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cool! Posted via LG H815
  • I can't take a phone seriously when it has a feature called a "magic slot".
  • I hope you can't see the seam from the front of the phone on this slot. That would not be good. If it is seamless on the front and just the back part shown snaps in that would be fine.
  • no I guess that pic is the front....
  • These Magic Slot accessories are very interesting. I'm eager to see the G5 fully revealed.
  • Glad to see LG hasn't given up on removable batteries! This might be my next phone then. If they can pull this off with a metal body, I don't see why Samsung couldn't have done the same with the S6.
  • WARNING THE COMMENT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IS OF COMPLETE TROLLISH SUBJECT MATTER. READ AT YOUR OWN ENTERTAINMENT RISK! Just wait until some third party manufacturer comes out with add-ons. The kicker will be the 'multi slot', this will give you the battery, camera and audio modules all in one. The issue will be using the phone one handed, at 5" thick. "The all new 'G5', which stands for 5 inches of girth" Wow we totally went back to the 80's brick phones. The more things change the more they stay the same. Will this cellular phone come in rad neon colors and/or a protruding antenna. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As long as I can replace the stock antenna with one that lights up and blinks then I'm ok with this.
  • Does "Magic Slot" sound dirty to anyone else? Lol
  • I thought I was the only one thinking it was a lil dirty... "I got the magic slot"... In my fifty cent voice Posted via the Android Central App
  • So I take it u put the magic stick in the magic slot? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Drop test is justified in this case. Posted via TCP/IP
  • If the phone stays powered on while swapping in a new battery, that alone is a big win for the magic slot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering 3rd party manufacturers will likely make batteries for the G5, it makes me wonder how much manufacturer logos we have to deal with on either the front or back side of the phone's chin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hot swapping? Maybe photo has a tiny battery inside it? Posted via the Android Central App