Over the years, there have been various occasions on which a third-party accessory has confirmed details or revealed clues about an unannounced device. There have even been instances in which manufacturers themselves have accidentally revealed their devices prematurely. But it's pretty rare for a manufacturer to officially announce an accessory for a device that hasn't formally been unveiled yet.
Nonetheless, that's exactly what LG has done today, as it announced its new Quick Cover case, emphasizing that it's designed specifically for its "next generation flagship smartphone, LG G5, which does not yet exist."
The latest version of the Quick Cover features a 'semitransparent mesh' across the front, which allows the display to be partially visible through it. It also incorporates touch functionality, which allows users to accept or reject calls, and control alarms, without needing to open the case up.
A window cut-out towards the top of the cover offers a clearer view of the most important information demanding the user's attention, such as the name and number of an incoming call, or time and notification details.
The functionality relies on what LG refers to as the 'Always-on Display' of the new handset - although the company might face a few issues using that terminology in the future. Samsung recently filed a trademark application for 'Always On Display', just a few weeks after a credible source revealed that that exact feature would be available on its new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge flagships.
LG says that its Quick Cover has a "unique film with a glossy metallic finish to enhance the smooth and luxurious feel" - but we'll have to reserve judgement on just how good it feels until we can get our paws on it, and on the device itself.
The LG G5 will be unveiled in Barcelona on February 21, just ahead of Mobile World Congress - and Neowin will be at the launch event to bring you all the details of the new device, so stay tuned.
Source: LG Newsroom