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LG V20 could offer a unique means of removing the battery

The LG V20 will be revealed as the first Android 7.0 Nougat phone this week. However, based on recent renders there have been fears LG will be following the lead of other manufacturers and removing the option to manually replace the battery.

Monday may have brought good news for those seeking that extra level of control, although it does seem a little convoluted.

According to images created by CNET Korea (via Slashgear) based on an eyewitness account, the battery will be removable, but will involve users taking off half of the back cover and the bottom lip.

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This would be an extension of what LG did this year with the modular G5. The bottom lip of this handset came away and released the battery.

While users will appreciate the ability to switch up the battery themselves, we’re not sure how this split rear would affect the phone’s aesthetics.

Would it open it up to potential water and dust damage?

LG plans to launch the handset at an even on September 6 in Seoul. Prior to that, the handset appears to have made an early appearance on video. What looks like a cheesy promotional video emerged over the weekend (via GSMArena).

With all of Samsung’s problems with the Galaxy Note 7, is this LG’s opportunity to gain some ground?


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