LG to Jump on Metal Smartphone Bandwagon with its G4 Note Phablet
For smartphone industry, metal is the new black and is considered as something of a prerequisite when it comes to the success of a flagship device. Keeping this trend in mind, LG is reportedly looking to ditch its beloved polycarbonate in favour of the premium material for its next high-end smartphone.
Latest reports suggest that the South Korean phone maker is on its course to follow suit as it plans to make use of metal for its future line-up of smartphones. According to ZDNet Korea, the LG G4 Note, which was hinted by the company a week ago, will sport a metal body echoing the likes of the iPhone 6 and HTC One M9.
Citing industry sources, the publication reported that LG is contemplating the introduction of Computer precision control (CNC) equipment. LG intends to “introduce a CNC machine for making metal case,” the source revealed.
While the G4 Note will feature a metal casing, the upcoming flagship LG G4 is likely to miss the chance of hopping onto this bandwagon due to supposed production difficulties. Even if the manufacturer decides to produce metal cases for its flagship device, it will miss the smartphone’s anticipated launch timeline. And that’s because the process of switching to CNC is not only expensive but also time consuming.
Also, the earlier leaked render of the LG G4 suggests that the flagship device will tout a polycarbonate casing instead of the actual metal. So there’s high possibility that the rumored G4 Note will be the one sporting a metal body and not the flagship LG G4.
Rumors and speculations surrounding the G Note surfaced when LG CEO Cho Juno said at this year’s MWC that a high-end phablet will be revealed later in 2015. This G4 Note, which is said to boast a 3K display, is likely to be launched by the company at the IFA 2015 in Berlin.
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