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LG G4 Note phablet rumored to come with a metal case

LG G4 Note could get a metal case
LG G4 Note could get a metal case
The company might build a premium rival to Samsung's new flagships, but it won't be the upcoming G4 smartphone.

While metal cases have their disadvantages, such as decreasing radio reception or being easily susceptible to scratches, they are still highly revered and sought after by customers. Samsung Galaxy S6 has received record pre-orders due in no small part to this advantage. Other manufacturers, such as Apple and HTC, have been offering metal-clad smartphones for quite a while now, and even Chinese brands such as Xiaomi are releasing competing devices with metal cases. But according to latest rumors, LG's upcoming flagship G4 will keep a plastic body, just like its predecessor G3. That isn't such a bad thing - G3 impressed us with both its attractive design and high build quality, and calling its case anything but premium would not be doing it justice - but some buyers might be still disappointed.

However, it seems that LG might still release a high-end metal device, after all. Korean industry insiders report that the company is seeking suppliers capable of producing high-quality metal cases among its partners. Allegedly, these will be used for LG's speculated G4 Note phablet. Very little is known about this device so far, except the possible screen size (5.8 inches) and potential stylus support. To avoid interference with G4 sales, LG is expected to announce the G4 Note only in the second half of 2015. Such a strategy could indeed be expected of LG, since its previous Optimus G Pro and G Pro 2 phablets apparently decreased the sales of LG's other flagships too much, forcing the company to discontinue the series.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-03-23 (Update: 2015-03-23)