LG G3's rear buttons get a close-up

LG G3's rear buttons get a close-up
On Saturday, we asked you the musical question "Is this the back of the LG G3?." The question was related to a leaked photograph that we showed you, apparently revealing the rear buttons on the rumored next flagship model. The answer, was in the affirmative. After debuting on the LG G2, the Korean manufacturer has continued to use the rear placement of its power and volume controls on devices like the LG G Flex and the LG G Pro 2. And yes, we certainly do expect LG to keep that same form factor on its high-end phones for the foreseeable future.

LG has changed the design of the power button and the volume rocker. Master leaker evleaks has sent out a tweet with a close-up of what he says is the back of the LG G3. The T-shaped cut-outs in those protective cases for the new flagship model that we showed you the other day, align perfectly with what evleaks is showing us.

The LG G3 is expected to come to market with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. Will it be the first model offered in the states to carry a QHD resolution screen? That depends on whether the Samsung KQ is real, and is ready to be launched before the expected early July release of the LG G3. Right now, both models have yet to be introduced by their respective Korean manufacturer.

source: @evleaks via AndroidCentral

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  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



16. dmh0284

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I have a G2. Love the phone, but I don't understand why LG is so insistent on rear buttons. They're more of a hindrence than a convenience, IMO. Taking a screenshot is annoying and you have to pick up the phone to turn the volume up or down. Other than that, I don't really mind it. The knock-on feature doesn't work 100% of the time, but I prefer it over having to push a button to turn the screen on. BUT, with that said, the volume and screen activation buttons could be on the side and the phone would be improved.

17. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not if bezels are important to you. I do not like bezels. Especially the ones HTC is rocking.

18. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I agree taking screenshots are a bit of a pain.

19. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Just use the volume slider in the notification bar!! Jesus! People are silly.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2718; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Still not a fan of buttons on the back, but if LG manages to keep their bezels under control, unlike some other manufacturers, then I will be more than happy to live with it.

9. papss unregistered

I like the look of the buttons themselves as they look higher quality than the hollow G2 buttons but look harder to feel, also what is the second hole on the left side? Second flash? Focus light?

7. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered


6. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

One thing I actually ended up hating on my G2 is the back volume. I can never find them on this Verizon one I'm sure it's easier on other carriers. If Verizon f**ks up the buttons again I'm not even considering this phone

8. alouden unregistered

You're right. The Verizon phone has slightly different buttons that are a bit harder to feel. I have the T-mobile phone. There was a slight learning curve, but the buttons are distinguishable so it is not a burden. I will say that if the pictures above are accurate, the new G3's buttons look as if they may be more challenging to feel than the G2. Hopefully I am wrong.

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

The ones shown here are even smaller than the damn Verizon ones! Can you imagine Verizon's version of those buttons lol

5. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

805 processor not 801 please.

10. zhiae unregistered

This is what i beged for new htc i hope i get 805 on g3

1. torr310

Posts: 1751; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It looks difficult to use.

2. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

When you are holding the phone, it's not difficult. When the phone is lying down, you can just use the Knock features on the screen.

3. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

How do you change the volume when the phone is lying down?

4. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Status bar volume controls and if you are watching a video slide your finger up or down on the right side of the video.

13. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

A lot of people don't realise that the volume slider is in the status bar of the LG G2 because it's easier to change the volume than just pick up the phone. They would rather complain. Well it's removable via an option on the G Pro 2. Now I believe it could be a speaker beside the the button layout just like on the Optimus G Pro. It could also be an IR blaster. The indentation in the middle of the power button could either be the scanning module for the fingerprint sensor or just the L.E.D light.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Difficult to use is an understatement. Sliding your finger on the screen doesn't work when the phone is in your pocket and you are listening to music. Not to mention that the vibration and movement resulting from pressing the button on the back to take a photo is also partly responsible for the "worse than you would expect" pictures you get from a phone that has a 13MP OIS camera. "Buttons on back" is perfect for covering your camera with fingerprints, though.

15. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

First of all, why would you want to slide your finger on the screen when the phone is in your pocket? If you want to change the track, use a headset with a inline mic and volume control. Second of all you don't have to use the rear button to take a picture, just say "cheese" or press the dam onscreen button like a normal person would. Thirdly, do your fingers vibrate? Because mine don't. How is using buttons on the back of a phone, where your index finger usually rests, difficult to use? What a pussy.

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