LG G5 ‘Magic Slot’ Feature Leaked in New Report
One company set to make a splash during this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) event in Barcelona is South Korean electronics maker LG. In addition to the LG White Card universal payment card and its ‘X’ series of mid-range smartphones, LG is also set to unveil its flagship handset, the LG G5, during the annual mobile industry event. LG is continuing to tease critics and fans, notably with a recent social media post that revealed that the G5 will have an ‘Always On’ screen.
The latest bit of information about the phone, however, doesn’t come from LG’s social media accounts, it actually comes from notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass. In a report on Venture Beat, Blass reveals that the LG G5 will feature a ‘Magic Slot’. Claiming to have spoken to “a person familiar with the company’s plans for the show”, Blass explains that the LG G5 will be a modular, metal handset and that this Magic Slot will allow “a number of plug-in modules” to be slotted into the phone.
There will also be “bespoke accessories” for the upcoming flagship and together, these accessories and these modules will be known as “G5 and Friends.” Moreover, these will all be controlled by an app titled the “LG Friends Manager.”
As for what some of these Magic Slot modules will look like, both third-party and LG-made attachments will be available for the phone. During its MWC press conference, LG will show off two of its own LG G5 modules, including the LG Cam Plus and the DAC. The LG Cam Plus is apparently a battery grip for photography and “besides alleviating the notoriously difficult balancing act associated with holding a razor-thin smartphone by its edges when taking pictures,” explains Blass, the module also “provides hardware buttons for commonly used functions like shutter release, zoom, and flash toggle.” Moreover, it has its own 1100mAh battery, “which serves to complement the phone’s native, replaceable pack.”
The DAC (digital audio chip) on the other hand, will boost the handset’s audio performance. LG has reportedly teamed up with audio specialist Bang & Olufsen to make the module which includes LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play. Hi-Fi Plus is rumored to encase audio that has been routed to it via other Android devices and PCs – though this information is unconfirmed for now.
Assuming that this feature really will debut with LG’s next flagship and that it’s not just something that LG is still developing, then the Magic Slot could be a serious system seller for the company. The company’s X series of handsets already lets smartphone consumers decide what they want out of a phone and the LG G5 seems to be continuing that vision. Not only will LG G5 buyers get a solid high-end phone, but they’ll also be able to tailor it to their specific needs, which is a huge advantage which could be reflected in the device’s sales figures.
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