- Oct 6, 2011
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What happens when you sell 2.5 million devices with self destructing batteries? If you seal up the phone where the consumer can't get to the battery you launch a global recall and eat profits on those 2.5 million units. If your phone has a removable battery you simply ship the consumers a free battery which they can replace themselves. While just about every other major flagship manufacturer has done away with the removable battery LG has firmly stuck with the removable battery.
It seems pretty obvious why manufacturers have gone to the sealed batteries. Once the battery goes bad you have to send your phone in and pay them to fix it, or you have to buy a new phone. LG is more concerned with giving customers what they want, and believe it or not there are still many of us out there that want a removable battery. You have an endless supply of juice if you can replace your batteries as they deplete. The LG V20 should be the next in line to receive the removable battery treatment.
It was feared that the LG V20 would also feature the failed modular design of the G5. Fortunately we know now thanks to leaked renders that the device will not have the modular design. Instead it will feature a users replaceable battery. The bottom will stay in tact, but the side will slide out giving you access to the battery compartment. There will also be a sim and sdcard slot in the battery compartment. I for one am glad that LG has decided to stay committed to the user removable battery. It is great to have that option.
Do you care about a user removable battery? Does a feature like that help you to keep a device longer? Do you prefer this design to the half baked modular design of the LG G5? Let us know your thoughts below.