LG is almost certainly working on its next big smartphone, and a new report claims to have some of its hardware details. The story says it will have a small secondary display similar to the one found on the LG V10.
VentureBeat's Evan Blass, better known as "@evleaks" the gadget-leaking Twitter account of that name, says that his unnamed sources claim the phone will be called the LG G5, which makes it a successor to the LG G4. The story says the LG G5 will have a 5.3-inch display but will have the same 1440x2560 QHD resolution as the 5.5-inch LG G4. The secondary screen will reportedly have a resolution of 160x1040 and will apparently also appear in future LG smartphones in 2016.
The report says it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It says the front-facing camera will have 8 MP but the rear camera will have dual lenses and 16MP:
In between the two lenses is a circle with a quartet of elements in a square configuration, according to the briefed individual, who was also shown images of the upcoming flagship. Two of those are LED flash bulbs, while another one is a laser for assisting with autofocus, first deployed on 2014's LG G3. The fourth element is also found on G4: a so-called RGB sensor to further assist with autofocus and other scene-recognition functions.
The report adds that the LG G5 will have a fingerprint sensor, and what it calls a "Magic Slot":
While its physical incarnation isn't very clear, it is said to enable some functional expansion by way of hardware modules. The examples we were given range from an array of specified cameras — action, 360 VR, "party" — to an audio amplifier to a physical keyboard.
The report did not offer a price, nor a specific release date for the rumored LG G5 beyond a wide Q1 2016 time table. As always with these kinds of unconfirmed stories, this should be taken with the appropriate grain of salt.
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