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LG G4 Pro rumoured with full metal jacket

LG will reportedly back up the LG G4 with a new, high-end, metal-bodied flagship handset, reports have claimed.

With the Korean manufacturer having previously been tipped to be working on another, premium smartphone offering for launch in 2015, it has now been suggested the device in question will be a metal-clad LG G4 Pro.

Citing company insiders, ETNews has claimed LG is looking to adopt a sturdy, metal finish to its future phone in order to distinguish it from the plastic and leather clad G4.

Such a move would see the device closer compete with the iPhone 6 and HTC One M9 in the design stakes.

Despite pushing through a metal frame for the top-of-the-line G4 Pro, it has been suggested that key LG personnel are of the opinion the glitzy material should be used on “niche” handsets before flagship offerings.

Speaking to TrustedReviews last year, LG claimed that using metal instead of plastic would have added $300 to the cost of its then flagship phone, the LG G3.

If you could charge $300 more for the phone, maybe we could make it metal,” LG’s VP of Mobile Design, Chul Bae Lee told us.

He added: “If I had applied metal to the G3 it would be much bulkier in the bezels and in all four direction. It would be very big and very heavy. It would be really slippery as well.”

Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 release date

With LG having yet to officially confirm plans for an LG G4 Pro release, concrete details are scarce.

According to reports, however, the phone could land around Q3 this year, beating the inevitable LG G4 Mini spin-off to market.

While you wait for the Pro, see what we made of the G4 in our video below:

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