By now, you may have heard of the swirling rumours about the iPhone 5 being made with Liquidmetal, the commercial name of a mixture of alloys that’s supposedly twice as strong as titanium. While nothing’s for certain and we may not even see Liquidmetal until the iPhone 6 or later, french designer Antoine Brieux has created a rather stunning and realistic concept of the next gen iPhone using this highly durable material. Dubbed the iPhone 5 LM, the device features a quad-core A6 chip, 4.5″ screen, a 10 MP camera and a very nifty virtual home button. Below are several more images of the slick mock up.
Imagine playing games on a Samsung Galaxy-like 4.5″ retina display. Hardcore iOS gamers will no doubt enjoy the extra real estate. As for the virtual home button, it’ll be hidden when the app’s running in full screen mode. We’ve heard of the 4.6″ iPhone rumour before, though it just seems like such a drastic jump from its current size of 3.5″. If anything, a 4″ screen seems a bit more realistic.
No one knows for sure at this point if the iPhone 5 will be getting a complete redesign from the current form factor of iPhone 4/4S (though it’s a good bet that it will), but if it’s anything close to this LM concept, the masses should have no problems welcoming the next iPhone with open arms. Check out the rest of the gallery here.