LG G5 teardown raises questions about the ‘metallic body’

LG G5The latest LG flagship, LG G5 was first revealed at an event in Barcelona, and LG had haughtily promoted the G5’s full metal body design. At that time it seemed true enough, if a company says the smartphone has a full metal body, it’s bound to be true right? But as it turns out, LG has twisted the truth about the G5 body design. At worst LG’s claims about the full metal build can be considered as deliberate misdirection, because as it turns out, the body of the smartphone, while aluminium on the inside, is covered with a thick layer of plastic.

The LG G5 was also claimed to be a uni-body all metal phone but, the fact that it has a detachable bottom section renders that false as well. But this insinuation was somewhat mild and even permitted. The real shocker was when JerryRigEverything a popular YouTube channel, well known for tearing down smartphones and testing their durability, gave LG G5 a full tear down. The YouTuber took a knife to the body of the G5 and scratched the finish to see what lies underneath. This revealed that the LG G5 was in fact covered with a thick layer of plastic, with a metal finish. Provided the plastic was

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The YouTuber took a knife to the body of the G5 and scratched the finish to see what lies underneath. This revealed that the LG G5 was in fact covered with a thick layer of plastic, with a metal finish. Provided the plastic was bonded to an aluminium shell, but still when you hear the words “metal build” what you expect is a smartphone that feels premium, you expect the smartphone phone to feel cold and hard. The metallic feeling and solid looks¬†are the main aspects of a full metal body. Take that away and what’s the use of having an aluminium body.

Some could argue that technically, LG G5 is a metal body device, that the aluminium underneath provides the solid structure to the device, and while we agree with that claim, the G5 can still not be considered as a true metal build smartphone. There are several all-metal phones available in the market currently, and to say that LG G5 is same as them would be unfair.

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A full-metal device’s colour is applied by anodising that metal and bead-blasting it. Whereas LG has taken the easy way out by¬†covering the G5 with the layer of plastic and spray-painting it with a metal finish, robbing it of the true cold, metallic, premium feeling.

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