The LG G5, with a removable, replaceable battery and bottom piece.
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NEW YORK—If you're tired of samey smartphones that change little from year-to-year other than the obligatory internal spec bump, get a load of LG's latest flagship, the G5. Phone manufactures have been making us choose between either a plastic phone with a removable battery or a more premium feeling metal device with sealed components, but the G5 brings the best of both worlds. This is a metal phone with a removable battery, thanks to an innovative modular design.
The G5 is basically an aluminum rectangular tube with a removable bottom cap. The phone is one solid part from top of the device to the bottom of the 5.3-inch LCD. Hold down a button on the side of the phone, and you'll be able to pull off the entire bottom bezel and the attached internal battery. From there you can detach the battery from the bottom bezel of the phone and swap in a fresh one.
The bottom bezel houses the USB Type C port, microphone, and speaker, necessitating an internal data connection with the rest of the phone. Besides replacing the battery, you can also replace the bottom bezel with something else entirely—LG plans to build several modular accessories that clip on to the bottom of the phone, replacing the stock bezel. So far LG has announced a camera grip accessory and a DAC attachment.