LG G5, the modular flagship smartphone, which was first introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona last month and just went on sale in USA couple of days back, is now facing a bit of a controversy. A complete teardown video showed that the top millimetre of the casing is made up of a plastic material, in spite of the company claiming it to be made out of metal. To settle the issue, LG has officially released a statement which mentions that the phone comes with 100% aluminium casing with a coat of primer, that provides additional insulation and also enhances the surface for a smooth and durable finish.
The LG G5 is now available in Korea and USA and will soon roll out in Europe as well, Asia and the Middle East as well. It is coming to India in Q2 2016.
Official Statement from LG
“Contrary to erroneous reports that the body of the LG G5 is composed of plastic, LG would like to state unequivocally that the uni-body casing of the G5 is composed of a special aluminum alloy, LM201 (Feb. 2016 patent pending). LG201 was developed by LG in partnership with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology for use in high-end sports cars, aircraft and consumer electronic products where durability, rigidity and lightness are required.
As a die-cast metal, LM201 was determined to be most appropriate material to accommodate the curves of the G5. After the die casting is complete, the insulated antenna band is applied directly to the aluminum casing followed by a coating of primer which provides additional insulation and enhances the surface profile for the “microdizing” process, where pigment containing tiny metal particles is applied directly to the primer to provide a smooth and durable finish. While both anodized aluminum and microdized aluminum will scratch if enough pressure is applied, in the case of the G5 the gray primer beneath the pigment layer may be mistaken for plastic when the coloring is scratched off.
We want to reassure our customers that the uni-body of the LG G5 is 100 percent aluminum alloy, not plastic.”