LG G4 may not feature metal body after all, but G4 Note might

By April Taylor , Mar 23, 2015 07:28 AM EDT

The next-generation LG G4 flagship smartphone may not come with a metal casing, but the LG G4 Note might, according to a new report out of Korea.

LG skipped the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 for the LG G4 unveiling, but the company's flagship smartphone for this year is nonetheless expected to make its debut soon.

The LG G3 flagship smartphone for 2014 came with top-notch specs and features all around, as well as a design that looked premium by giving the impression that it's made of metal. In fact, the LG G3 came with a plastic body that was painted to look like brushed aluminum. From a distance, it looked like a sleek metallic handset, but there was no doubt left once you picked it up and felt it in your hand.

Recent rumors have indicated that LG plans to go for more premium materials for the upcoming LG G4, suggesting that the new flagship may boast a sleek metal casing. A new report out of Korea, however, now claims that the LG G4 will not have a metal body after all.

Citing industry insiders, ZDNet Korea (via GforGames) claims that LG does indeed plan to launch metallic smartphones in the future in order to better compete against the likes of Apple, HTC, Xiaomi, and others. However, the company will reportedly not be able to make the change in due time for the release of the LG G4. The report notes that LG is looking into switching to newer computer precision control (CNCs) so it can start making its own metal cases, but this process would be both costly and time-consuming. Therefore, even if the company does make the switch, it would still not be able to make it in time to release the LG G4 with a metal case. The LG G4 Note, meanwhile, might boast a stylish new metal design.

LG has made no official announcement so far regarding its upcoming LG G4, but various leaks and reports tried to paint a picture of what to expect. The LG G4 is rumored to boast a massive 5.6-inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and pack a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood, paired with 3GB of RAM. The handset is expected to come in several storage options and run the Android Lollipop out of the box. Other rumored specs of the LG G4 include a 16-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Laser Auto Focus, as well as a fingerprint reader for extra security.

Without any official confirmation from the company, however, take all leaks, rumors and reports with a hefty grain of salt.

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