Press images of LG G2 outed just ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated announcement
One of the unique features for the device will be the expected placement of the power/lock button and volume controls on the back of the handset which may prove to be a convenient location for such controls since you will not have to wrap your hand all the way around the length or width of the G2 to handle basic controls.
One area where the secrets have been relatively well kept is in the area of specifications of the LG G2. Based on rumors and little else, the G2 might have a 5.2-inch 1080x1920 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and maybe 3GB of RAM. Of course it will be packing Android, though we are not expecting it to be running 4.3. However, we will be happy to eat those words later if we need to.
Will the volume/power control placements prove to be ergonomic? Will we all the rumored variations of the G2 (storage capacities and carrier availability)? We will share all the answers following tomorrow’s announcement of the LG G2 in New York City. .
UPDATE: @evleaks also placed a full front view of the LG G2 for us to enjoy.
1. apple4never (Posts: 932; Member since: 08 May 2013)
this phone looks like a beast, hope it delivers
37. AnTuTu (Posts: 675; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
'This phone looks like a beast' Yes I do agree on that why because this resembles the real Beast S4
53. D.Aceveda (Posts: 359; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Just because of the stupid volume up down placement, I WONT be buying this phone. As the saying goes. If its not broke. Don't fix it
59. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I agree, add a home button on the front and you get a GSIV but can't really blame them for taking cues from one of the fastest selling smartphones.
61. iyngr (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Any Idea what Kinda Display Tech used as few were expecting OLED instead of IPS.
3. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Front looks great, I'm not a big fan of the back though. LG expects me to pick the phone up off the table to turn it on? What to I look like, a guy who's not lazy?
10. Dr.Phil (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Perhaps they'll debut some kind of motion sensing software, similar to Samsung, where you can wave your hands over it and it will wake up. We have also yet to see if maybe LG will utilize the always-on voice recognition offered by the Snapdragon 800.
15. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah thats true. With Snapdragon 800 seemingly offering low-power voice activation, maybe a certain voice command can unlock the phone, or at least power it on.
I know the S4 has something like a less-awesome Active Display that shows basic info when you hover your hand over it while it's placed down. If LG stuck a similar sensor in this one they could possibly also unlock it by a wave too.
Edit: I also like how they push minimal bezels harder than anyone. The Z10 and HTC One look gross to me for that reason!
22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3944; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
My question is, where is the speaker? It's not on one of the bottom corners or next to the camera like it usually is, and it's not on the front. Maybe it will be on one of the sides? If it is on the sides, they may put 2 speakers on there at opposite ends.
27. Dr.Phil (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
It looks like its on the bottom.
28. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Hmm thats a good observation. I'd wager that it must be on the top and bottom like the new Nexus 7. I don't see it on the sides like Pantech did for theirs. Then again, this is a clean 'official' render so maybe it's staring us in the face but is invisible.
33. Dr.Phil (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Also, it's possible there could be another speaker on the front of the device. If you look up at the earpiece it seems as though there is the regular silver earpiece and then there is a speaker below it. I'm not sure though.
38. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Hmm I don't think so, and thats fine.
I appreciate it being placed somewhere besides the back so it won't sound muffled when placed down anymore. Other phones could pull it off because they had a curved back etc. so it wasn't as bad, but the Nexus 4 suffered because of that imo.
58. milesboy5 (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
I have always felt that LG had the looks...even though their build quality may lack sometimes.
42. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
Now people can continuously leave dirty smudges all over their camera lens every single time they want to turn on their phone or adjust volume. Otherwise the phone looks good.
4. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
This phone looks great, something I would have considered if it was available during my upgrade
5. toyboyz (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)
That is one beautiful phone!:) Just wish it was thinner:/
7. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
8.9mm / .35in isn't all that bad, hopefully it's got a great battery.
24. AMDPhenomX4 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Manual says 2610mAh. I'm a bit disappointed that they have an extra mm of depth versus the S4 but the same size battery. I would've hoped for 3000mAh.
12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Now THAT is what I am looking forward to. I was almost considering buying this (I was going to wait and see what else is going to be offered soon), but I may hold off until the Nexus 5 announcement. I have a feeling that if Google does choose LG again for the Nexus 5 then we are looking at something very similar to what the Nexus 5 will be like (that is if the Nexus 5 follows the trend set by last year's phone in how it was very similar to the LG Optimus G).
25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3944; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I just hope the buttons aren't on the back of the Nexus 5. That's kind of weird. Also, if the LG Nexus 5 will be identical to this like the Nexus 4 was to the Optimus G, maybe this story had some truth after all;
It shares all the leaked specs of the G2; Snapdragon 800, 5.2" 1080p display, maybe 3 GB of RAM, etc. The only thing about the Nexus 5 leak that stands out from the G2 is the camera, but Google did say they were going to make sure the Nexus devices had great cameras this year, which might mean Google is requiring LG to put a different camera in the Nexus 5 than in the G2.
31. Dr.Phil (Posts: 896; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Yes, I do think that the Nexus 5 will have a different camera (a better camera I would think) than the G2. There was some talk about the possibility of the Nexus perhaps featuring a camera made by Nikon. I think that would be awesome. It's too early to say but I can't wait to hear more about it.
32. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
In case they do go with an in-house camera again, they had a whole year to make improvements. The Optimus G had a 13mp camera which is still a flagship number even a whole year later, so I'm putting more faith in them for a better sensor overall.
11. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
and another better choice then the htc one
41. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
It hasn't even been announced, maybe you live in the future?
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that is one smexy looking phone.
i'll keep my eye on it to see if it's something i'd really be interested in but it's already at a disadvantage having a 5.0"+ display.
20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3944; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The bezels look pretty slim though. I wouldn't be surprised if this was about the same size as the Xperia Z despite the added screen size, but this actually has curves so it will feel better in hand than the Xperia Z.
18. Blake (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
love phones with more screen area on the phones total front area
19. PootisMan (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Well shoot. If that's where the buttons are located then I hope that the Nexus 5 button placement is different. Very nice looking phone though.
21. Blake (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
wish it is 7.9mm like my s 4 or even 6mm like P6 or z ultra
23. AfterShock (Posts: 2564; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I love the look of this but feel the power button may be an issue for myself as I always set my phone on soft items like small towels folded up and may be tripping it off.
Needs further investigation.
30. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I'm sure they took the time to make sure the buttons are distinguishable by feeling but doesn't protrude from the body.
Also, I would think the buttons would be 'clicky' so that accidental presses wouldn't happen.
40. AfterShock (Posts: 2564; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I'm thinking you're right but will see for myself when it's out.
Though with that said an Otterbox ought to solve any issue there.
I drive a wrecker, need the box lol.
43. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
My very first smartphone (LG Ally) which at the time was touted to be decently durable was trashed quickly! Now I make sure I get a nice sturdy case and insurance.
It's pretty embarrassing how butterfingered I am :(
26. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Looks great but if the bezels are that small, how did the phone end up so god big? 138 x 70.9 x 8.9 is huge. Should have went with the 5 inch screen instead of 5.2 and made this more compact.
29. darkkjedii (Posts: 10490; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Gorgeous device, love the button placement. +1 LG
34. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Nice specs with reasonable size, if LG is able to ensure the quality of the camera has good picture and video.
G2 have great potential to be the best phone of 2013.
Note 3 sounds very interesting oversized S4 with better specs and a stylus, But the reality is most people prefer phones with reasonable size.
Human fingers may not have fancy features, but i’m sure a normal human fingers are still very able to do what stylus can do and if you really needs stylus the cheapest wacom stylus is only around $15.
The problem with Honami is...
there are still many people who do not believe that Sony would put all their true capabilities into their phones.
Moto X “premium phone with mid range specs”.
HTC One “great phone but failed in the camera”
Lumia 1020 and Lumia family “great phone with class leading camera, but using unpopular os with little support of applications and games”.
36. tiara6918 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
The g2 might outsell the s4 sales in korea. Good job lg!
50. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Really?! Smack yourself if you really believe that.
55. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Fact: The LG Optimus Vu sold over 1 million units in Korea alone. Think about that for a minute...
62. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Guess what. Already knew that. So what. Still no chance any LG phone outsells a flagshi[ Galaxy anywhere anytime soon.
39. promise7 (Posts: 346; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
while it's a innovative idea to put the volume and power buttons on the back, isn't the placement a bit of a concern? it's right below the camera lens, and when trying to "feel" for those buttons u might accidently touch the lens and smudging it and effecting the picture of video. of course u can just wipe it off, but that makes it more troublesome because u just went thru snapping a pic or video already ot having to wipe it before every pic/video.
could ruin capturing something that is rare or happens in a second.
44. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
a) It could have been shorter. There is some wasted bezel below the display.
b) It would be really interesting how the buttons below the camera would pan out.
c) I hope it has a Optically Stabilized Exmor RS sensor.
d) Nexus 5.
51. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 156; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
"It could have been shorter" WTF? How much shorter??? It's already compact as sh*t and you've not even seen the device in person before.
52. scott5626 (Posts: 49; Member since: 01 Sep 2009)
I could be wrong, but I thought LG has always used LCD or IPS panels.
47. zachattack (Posts: 542; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Finally a phone that will shut Samsun up as well as the HTC one even though the One is still on top. With the HTC One coming 29th it would be an easy decision for me to wait a couple more weeks for the G2 to hit Verizon. Coolest design on a phone I've seen in awhile.
48. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Only thing good about this phone is the front. 5.2 screen and nothing else with narrow bezel. Otherwise common high end specs, usual 13mp camera, plastic body, weird positioned buttons.
wish Sony honami was 5.2 inch and slim body like this.
49. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)
No company so far has created a phone that addresses all the issues and avoids common flaws. HTC One just needed bigger screen and proper camera. Otherwise it was a perfect device.