The LG V10 (shown) is an odd, yet curiously enticing device. It has two front screens, including a tiny ticker screen atop the 5.7in Quad HD standard display, along with two front-facing cameras and a load of shooting options. And it's expensive.
But it certainly is distinctive, which is more than we could say for the LG G4 compared to its predecessor. And now there's word from VentureBeat that LG may use the V10 as a chief influence on the design of next year's G5, albeit with a smaller screen and some other perks.
The VentureBeat report - penned by noted leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) - says that the LG G5 will have a 5.3in QHD display, which is slightly trimmed down from the 5.5in screen from the G4. However, it will also come with a 160x1040 ticker display right above, which can be used to display notifications or pin favourite app icons, just like on the V10. And Blass says that LG plans to apply that feature to multiple devices in 2016.
Qualcomm's powerful new Snapdragon 820 will be found under the hood, says the report, along with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and Android Marshmallow. And the back camera should have a dual-lens setup that allows the 16-megapixel shooter to grab 135-degree wide angle photos. The V10 has a dual-camera front setup, but it sounds like the G5 will flip it around.
We should get a back fingerprint scanner like the one on the LG-made Nexus 5X, too, and VentureBeat claims that the LG G5's battery pack will be trimmed down slightly - from 3,000mAh in the G4 to 2,800mAh here. Blass suggests that the smaller screen and hopefully more efficient processor may even out the difference from the lost battery capacity.
And there's one last interesting detail: the G5 will reportedly have a "Magic Slot" for expansion accessories, which could be used to mount things like VR devices, physical keyboards, or larger speakers. It's not totally clear yet how exactly the feature will work on the handset, but it sounds like LG wants to open up the possibilities for how its flagship is used.
When will we see the LG G5 in action? VentureBeat's source says only Q1 2016, which is the same timeframe we're likely to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 as well, so it should be another busy first few months in 2016 for Android fans.