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Leaked LG Isai photo may give us the first clues about LG G3's design


If @evleaks's latest discovery really is what it's cracked up to be, then what you are seeing here is the next LG Isai smartphone, made exclusively for the Japanese telecom KDDI. How is this relevant? Well, if the leaked photo is legit, then this could be our first sneak-peek at what the upcoming LG G3, and perhaps the Nexus 6 to an extent, will look like.


How do we know that? The LG Isai was launched as a KDDI Japan exclusive last year, and as you can see for yourself (in the image below), it's basically the LG G2 without the back buttons, and with additional plastic around the edges. It also has the same specs as LG's 2013 flagship, but it launched in cool aqua and blue colors in addition to the black and white shades we know.


We cannot conclude very much about the LG G3 from this photo, but we're definitely looking at a large display (though less than 6 inches), surrounded by bezels that seem just slightly thicker than the LG G2's famously thin side frames. To compensate, the top bezel is heavily reduced, but there's no front camera to be found. The front camera and microphone are located on the bottom bezel, although you may have to do some brightness and contrast adjustments to the photo to see them clearly. Moving on to the flat, transparent UI that the display shows – well, we probably shouldn't read too much into it, as this interface is destined only for KDDI's smartphones. Still, it is rumored that LG has been working to flatten and simplify its Optimus UI.


Close relatives - the LG Isai (2013) on the left, and the LG G2 (on the right)

Close relatives - the LG Isai (2013) on the left, and the LG G2 (on the right)


Unlike the 2013 Isai, which has a regular button layout, the new design introduces the LG G2's back-panel controls. It's a very different implementation, however - the volume controls are much thinner, while the lock/unlock button is moved to the right of the handset. The camera and flash are easy to spot, but the thingy to the left of the volume keys leaves us puzzled. Perhaps it's a sensor of some kind. We can also see a headphone jack on top, a microUSB port on the bottom, and a lone speaker. Like in the G2, there's no microSD slot.


As a whole, this is an impressive phone, and if it's for real, the LG G3 won't look much different. Still, there are a good two months before the smartphone's alleged June announcement, and by then we will surely have a much better impression of its design.


source: @evleaks

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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:13 1

1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The thing I didn't like about G2 is the back material. (I've seen it IRL so I know that I don't like it) But this Isai seems to have a better looking finish on it. G3 is gonna be awesome too!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:34

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


One think I don't like about LG is they make their phone too wide... XD

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:51 2

68. thunder18 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


The G2 was exactly the same 2.8" wide as the Galaxy S4 which also makes it .1" narrower than the S5. What exactly are you comparing it to?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 14:01 1

70. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


bottom bezel are too thick. garbage.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 15:04 1

72. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 167; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Compared to the M8 and S5, it's about the same. Besides, there needs to be some bottom bezel or else the ergonomics are awful.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:34

62. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Yeah, but on the comparative picture the "Isai" is not the same as on the upper pictures.....so this is probably fake.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:36 1

63. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


The lower one is last years Isai. Upper is the new one

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:45 2

65. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Whoops, have not seen that.....my bad.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 15:41

74. Ashoaib (Posts: 1926; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well thats not bad... looking like a pretty solid phone... in blue color, its looking like a copy of sharp's phone

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:17 11

2. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 357; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Looks pretty sharp, I like it.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:56

25. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


BECAUSE that is an LG Japanese version FOR JAPAN MARKET, and Sharp is also a Japanese brand.
they have distinct and very common in their design....

like Samsung and LG Korea they have very similar in design as KOREANS!

LG G3 will be more good looking
speakers on the BOTTOM!
a bit bigger REAR KEYS!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:28

28. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


LG and Samsung don't have similar design because they are Koreans, more like because LG's model of late is to copy Samsung.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:37 4

30. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LOL!
better check LG Korean phones long time ago before you say that!

FYI LG was the real Pioneer in many things in S.KOREA than SAMSUNG!

Including DESIGN of their Products!

GoldStar FIRST to Introduced Most Innovation Technology in S.KOREA before Samsung Copied it.

KOREA'S FIRST RADIO
KOREA'S FIRST REFRIGERATOR
KOREA'S FIRST COLOR TV
KOREA'S FIRST TELEPHONE
KOREA'S FIRST FULLY CAPACITIVE TOUCHSCREEN PHONE.
and many more....

SAMSUNG IS JUST A Follower of LG(Goldstar)

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:23

39. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Okay tell me...LG where never the first in WORLD...
They just copy(in you words) what is already in the global market....

But was first to make digital TV...
And phone with MP3 support....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:36

47. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Im NOT TALKING TO YOU Sir!

this is about SAMSUNG and LG! in South Korea!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:41

50. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


im not talking to you? lmaooo how old are you son?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:24

40. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Okay tell me...LG where never the first in WORLD...
They just copy(in you words) what is already in the global market....

But Samsung was first to make digital TV...
And phone with MP3 support....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:57

69. thunder18 (Posts: 114; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


And then LG took it a step farther and was the first to design an MP3 playing phone with a built in FM transmitter so you could play your tunes over the car stereo.

http://www.geek.com/mobile/new-sprint-music-phone-includes-a-built-in-fm-transmitter-563023/

Also an innovative thing to do. Samsung did not invent everything, nor did Apple or LG.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:07 4

33. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG(Goldstar) was the FIRST Korean company to establish a comprehensive design research laboratory
(May 1981)

LG is well known for its AWARD WINNING DESIGNS!

SAMSUNG WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED as" FOOD MAKER"
NOT an ELECTRONIC DEVICES TECHNOLOGY Company!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:23 1

38. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


what has this to do with my argument? Look how LG ditched the glass Optimus G and went for glossy plastic in attempt to copy Samsung, the majority of people noticed the resemblance between the G Pro and Note 2, and the S4 and G2. Not to mention the ripped off UI. Did you check the G Pro 2 "features", they are copied directly from the Note series. Check the settings menu and camera app, the only difference is the colors used, other than that, they are identical.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:33 3

43. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


as i told you SEARCH FOR LG PAST PHONE'S DESIGN!
then tell me WHO'S COPYCAT?

LG'S OPTIMUS G'S BACK TEXTURES WAS COPIED BY SAMSUNG FOR MEGA PHABLETS!

Optimus G pro is very different design to Note2 ONLY BLIND Sammy FANTARDS say it look the same...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:35 2

44. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Optimus G it self is a copy of S2...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:37 1

48. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


you are BLIND !

NO DOUBT!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:48 1

53. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


http://mymobilelifetv.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/1024-sidebyside-G-vs-S2.jpg

see that...
if not for bigger bezels...both looks same...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:54 1

55. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


i believe you are blind!

OG has no physical button
while S2 does !

see the position of front camera and that earpiece.

see also the position of back camera and the Crystal reflection texture patterns on OG.

NOW I LAUGH AT YOU..........

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:54 2

56. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


trust me, you don't wanna argue this kid, he ll copy past everything he founds on Wikipedia related to LG's history.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:58

57. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


SAMSUNG IS THE COPYCAT!

THANKS TO APPLE FOR SUING SAMSUNG!!!!!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:02 1

59. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I KNOW ABOUT LG and SAMSUNG BECAUSE IM a KOREAN!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:37 1

64. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


all I had to do was copy one of your comments and google it, and just like expected, copy pasting from Wikipedia lol
You might be Korean, but you're surely a hell of a troll.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 00:31

79. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Not only that. He will refuse to accept any points you make no matter how factual they are, and instead choose to yell at u and throw a hissy fit like a 5 year old kid.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:40

49. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


s2 is a COPY of LG Prada phone. 2006!

LG Prada phone (2006) was the WORLD'S EVER FIRST FULLY CAPACITIVE TOUCHSCREEN PHONE !

Its a RECTANGULAR SHAPE with ROUNDED CORNERS!

Galaxy s2 copied it!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:47 1

52. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


s2 is a COPY of LG Prada phone. 2006!

LG Prada phone (2006) was the WORLD'S EVER FIRST FULLY CAPACITIVE TOUCHSCREEN PHONE !

Its a RECTANGULAR SHAPE with ROUNDED CORNERS!
it does have PHYSICAL POWER BUTTON !

Galaxy s2 copied it!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:49 2

54. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I know LG is prada ios very nice phone...it was poineer for new designs along with OG iphone...
But S2 looks nothing like that....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 12:07 1

60. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Samsung phones are UGLY = NO DESIGN AWARD!

LG Phones is Beautiful= HONORED BEST DESIGN AWARDS!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 13:45

67. StanleyG88 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Not to mention that the Fruitcake Company also copied it.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:36 1

45. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


are you high or something?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:25

41. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


GoldStar was a Korean electronics company established in 1956. The corporate name was changed to LG Electronics and LG Cable in 1995, after merging with Lucky Chemical. LG Cable was spun off from LG Electronics and changed its name to LS Cable in 2005.[1] [2]

GoldStar manufactured a wide variety of products, including radios, televisions, videocassette recorders, microwave ovens, integrated circuits, dehumidifiers, and tractors. GoldStar televisions became a commonly sold brand of consumer television sets in the United States in the 1980s.[3]

The GoldStar tractors actually began in 1975, as a division of Hyundai, in cooperation with Yanmar of Japan. In 1977, they began cooperation with Fiat of Italy, and in 1983, was acquired by GoldStar. That same year, they began cooperation with Mitsubishi, and re-established cooperation with Fiat in 1984.

Tractors were sold under the GoldStar and Fiat-GoldStar brands. Fiat-GoldStar was a brand of tractors sold in cooperation with the Fiat company of Italy, GoldStar later changed its corporate name to LG Cable, and the Fiat-GoldStar name was discontinued. See also LG Tractors and LS Tractors.[4]

GoldStar also produced some models of computer monitors and optical disc drives.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:36 2

46. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


So what are you upto...there is no word of innovation that...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:26

42. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades the group diversified into areas including FOOD PROCESSING textiles, insurance, securities and retail.

Samsung ENTERED ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s;

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 15:33 1

73. Pinder4u (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


lol .. dude you are very funny :D .. i just cant stop laughing after reading you comments :D

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 20:31

78. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


What are you out of your world? Just accept the fact that both companies have design influence or 'copies' each other, which is common in industry. Samsung copies Goldstar, LG copies Samsung, etc. Whatever. It's fine, as long as it's not almost the same, because that means you get a license for production, or a patent infringement. If you don't want anyone to copy just a bit of your favourite product, You are an apple guy, that doesn't accept reality.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:17 2

3. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

ITS VERY BEAUTIFUL........

BEAUTIFUL..........

I LOVE IT...........

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:14 3

34. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


gosh u need to chill..

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:19 1

4. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG IM SO IN LOVE WITH YOU.............

ANOTHER BEST DESIGN AWARD.........

"BEAUTIFUL"

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:20 2

5. sipha (Posts: 265; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Finaly not coping samsung anymore:) i like!!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:31

29. maherk (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


true, but they are still copying. This looks like Nokia from the back (even like the Oppo 7), and like Sharp phones from the front.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:19 2

36. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG Japan 's KDDI is the one responsible for this type of Design.
why is that not simple to understand....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:21 2

6. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


OMG Almost no Bezels.

Well I really like the design. I like how they want to distinguish themselves from their neighbour. I hope they are not any bigger (in terms of size) than G2 and a stronger plastic material with matte finish. I also hoped that they'd come in several different colours, like red, green, blue, gold, etc. The Red Nexus 5 looks very nice!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:50

19. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Oh yes, forgot the UI Improvement. Improve it so I don't have to mod it any further.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:23 1

7. Kishin (Posts: 600; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Greatness awaits.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:29

8. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Sensors and Front Camera below the screen Oh!
Was also expecting front speakers.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:37

10. sonisoe (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 May 2009)


if the ui is that flat, tho not that beautiful, take my money

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:39

11. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


where's the front facing camera?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:40

12. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Very attractive, although a tad disappointed that the back volume buttons are remaining.......

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:51 2

21. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


REAR KEYS IS GREAT!
MOST G2 USERS LOVE IT!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:42 1

13. Anshulonweb (Posts: 313; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I love LG phones but don't want to buy them bcoz I find there ui very unattractive and pathetic.....

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:46 2

16. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


its a matter of taste.
for me LG'S UI is the best SIMPLE & VERY SWEET CUSTOMIZED !

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:52

23. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I'll get it fixed by Installing Nova launcher, Banx Icon pack and Swiftkey. You can pretend like those bloatwares like Q-Slide, Slide aside, etc. As they were not there. If you are really keen to fix it then just flash it with Original Google 4.4.2 ROM. There're plenty of them in xda.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:43

14. LGisgood (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


LG G3 's speakers would be on the BOTTOM!

im now very much excited!!!!!!!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:45 2

15. Oğuzhan_77 (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


It look like Sharp aquos phone Sh302xx

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