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LG G6 tipped to borrow Samsung’s ‘design language’ next year

It looks like the LG G6 won’t carry much over from the LG G5 in terms of design, as a new rumour suggests LG is going for a Samsung-style aesthetic.

LG plans to drop the matte look featured on this year’s LG G5, instead replacing it with a reflective metallic material on the back of the phone. However, the rumoured all-glass design has been scrapped, apparently. That’s according to David Ruddock, a journalist at Android Police with a good track record for mobile leaks.

In a post on Twitter, Ruddock wrote: “Source: LG G6 will not have a removable battery, LG will move to an all-glass design language similar to Samsung. Headphone jack is a go.”

https://twitter.com/statuses/806546233313460224

However, he then posted a second tweet amending the first message: “Correction: G6 is not all glass body, but has a highly reflective metallic material on the rear.”

https://twitter.com/statuses/806604716964659200

It was previously rumoured that LG would introduce an all-glass design on the LG G6, but later reports suggested this had been scrapped due to cost issues. It’s also no surprise that LG may be considering scrapping the headphone jack, in a move that would mimic Apple’s decision to drop the 3.5mm port on the iPhone 7 earlier this year. Samsung is also reportedly planning a similar move for the Galaxy S8, which we’re expecting to be revealed in February next year.

LG is also expected to unveil its next smartphone in February next year; most speculation points to February 26, one day before Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2017 technology tradeshow begins. Rumours about the handset are thin on the ground, but we’d expect the phone to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chip at the very least.

However, as with any leaks, take this latest report with due caution; even if the tip is accurate, the LG G6’s design may still be subject to change.

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