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LG G5’s metal design is actually covered in plastic

by Jacob Kleinman | April 1, 2016April 1, 2016 10:00 am PST

The LG G5 is a beautiful metal device, but it turns out LG might be hiding some plastic in its sleek aluminum handset.

A recent teardown by JerryRigEverything reveals that the LG G5 isn’t exactly the all-metal phone we thought it was. After taking a knife to the device, he discovers that the phone is actually covered in a thick layer of plastic with a fake metallic finish. Under that, there’s a hidden aluminum shell.

It’s unclear why LG made this bizarre decision when designing the G5. The company said that using metal gave it the extra internal space needed to create a modular design, and aluminum also gives the phone a sturdier frame overall. But we have no idea why LG would cover that in plastic.

Other than this bizarre design, the LG G5 is shaping up to be a solid device. It boasts a unique modular setup, along with high-end specs like a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor and more.

The G5 is set to launch today, April 1, and we’ll have a full review for you soon.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...