LG G6 reportedly drops removable battery

Alex Kidman 27 January 2017

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Is staying alive when wet more important than switching batteries on the go?

While it seems likely that the LG G6 will have much of the attention at Mobile World Congress with Samsung widely tipped to be delaying its own launch of the Galaxy S8, that leaves the South Korean manufacturer with big shoes to fill.

Premium phones need premium features, and with Samsung also having apparently locked down supply of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chip, that leaves LG most likely to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The 821 is a fine processor, but LG’s having to make decisions in other areas just to keep up, it seems.

As per CNET, LG is going to drop one of the most distinctive features of the LG G premium phone line when it launches the LG G6, because it will be the first phone in the line not to offer a removable battery. The reason behind this switch is because LG wants to make the LG G6 water resistant. That can be done with a removable battery, but it’s a significantly more complex process with the attendant risk of adding additional points of failure. After the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7, no manufacturer wants a failing premium phone on the market.

If the reports are accurate, that will leave your choices for phones with removable batteries purely in the mid-range and budget space, with no premium phone on the market offering a battery you can easily replace yourself. We’ll find out more when we report live from MWC 2017 later this month, as LG is set to announce the LG G6 early in the morning of 27 February Australian time.

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