Optimus G2 in Q3 will be 'something unique' says LG, rumor hints at keys on the back and super thin frame

We can't remember how many times we've thought how dumb the current Android button layout underneath the display is getting, considering that we have flagship phones around the 5" mark. The most used key in Android - the back button - is put left or right down there, depending on the maker, and you always have to do some impossible thumb-stretching to hit it if you are using the phone with one hand, or use two in order to prevent the phone from falling.

Simply moving the back key on the side would do, if you have to have physical keys, or on the upper right/left, depending on whether you are a leftie, if you have on-screen buttons only, right underneath your thumb tip, is this not dawning on designers during all those focus groups?

If you look at the LG Optimus G2 sketch drawing above, based on a new rumor, showing some pretty innovative concept in that regard. The phone's power and volume key, perhaps touch sensitive, are drawn on the back of the handset - top and bottom - and the back key is placed at the rear side, too. LG already provided an extra programmable key on the left of its Optimus G Pro, which you can tie to launch any app of your choosing, so we wouldn't be surprised if the concept has developed even further.

Why is LG doing that, though? It seems, if the latest rumors are any indication, that the Optimus G2 will be so thin that there just won't be enough of a space to comfortably situate a key on the sides. Does it mean also that LG is going to equip the LG with one of its flexible displays the Korean media hinted it will put in devices before Samsung does? We don't know, but all of a sudden the G2 became a pretty intriguing handset to look forward to if the rumor holds water.

The rest of the claimed specs we've been hearing for a couple of months now - 5" 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 MP camera on the back and 2 MP at the front, plus the obligatory Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Actually, speaking in an interview recently, LG's chief of mobile Won Kim directly confirmed Q3 launch, and also said the phone is conceived as an answer to the Galaxy S4 and whatever Apple will be peddling:

Alright, that was cryptic enough, but on the actual naming scheme, while so far LG's Androids have fallen under the Optimus line umbrella, a company spokesperson mentioned: "We have a naming strategy, we haven’t made a final decision on naming [yet]".

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. TheBitterTruth unregistered

That could be S4 killer. All they need is advertisement and new UI :) Good Luck! No offence guys.

3. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Refreshed UI. Yep. They've got literally everything else now! (including the new Value Pack for G Pro)

11. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

every year same words :) killer killer bla bla :) where is optimus g who is iphone and galaxy killer ? :D naah

21. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Now this is offensive.

13. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Lg optimus ui is far better than touchwiz....their devices are also better than samsung...just they are lack of proper update & marketing..though they are changing themselves nowadays....!!

2. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

On Paper it's looks promising :) The thing I Don't like abt LG is it's Logo they have to change that too...

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

There's nothing wrong with LG's logo! :)

14. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

it's my personal preference......something new....and same for the samsung they should have a premium or different logo for their top smartphone :)

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh I see........how about a silver LG logo? I hope that the Optimus G2 will have that! :)

16. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

what i want to see with the top smartphones.....is a totally different design and logo...ya that's good but i don't like alphabets in that (LG logo)....companies should have a Design only meant for there best offerings.....am a samsung fan but what i don't like abt them now is that u cannot tell difference in there flagship phones and there lower and middle end phones :)

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Totally different design - CHECK! The logo? In my opinion, if LG get rid of the the alphabets (LG), trust me, the phone looks even ugly!

20. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

U missunderstood me am saying that every manufacture having Flagship device develop a Unique Logo which represent it's a Flagship from that manufacture

18. app_droid_soft

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

i love lg...life's good :)

4. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Seriously, I think LG is on the right track. Following Samsung's footsteps. Samsung copied from the best and now they are the best. LG is doing the same and they might end up as a serious contender for the title "BEST".

23. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Excuse me. Lg is copying Samsung? Thatsa nice joke. Please read some articles and get some news before posting such comments. Why people don't want to give the credit to the innovator?

5. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Does this mean a true edge to edge display if buttons and volume rocker are placed on the back, meaning no bezel front, bottom or side and a bit of a curved screen. Also worth noting, the Snapdragon 800 is clocked at 2.3 GHZ for the G2. I see LG are going by a reverse Samsung strategy, 2 flagships a year, only the phablet (G Pro) comes first and the normal sized flagship comes the second half. Android 5.0 should be minimum and not 4.2.

6. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

May be a promising device if software customizations are done properly. And may be LG should start using aluminium now.

7. Adithya7184 unregistered

may be GNote 3 ripoff this time lol...:-)

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hmm.....interesting! Looks promising! :) Good luck LG!

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android 4.2 for Q3?!!

12. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

what a perfect timing from LG :))))))))))

22. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Both of you deserve dislikes.

19. app_droid_soft

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

it could become the nexus 5 after some design changes :)

24. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Lg camera's always sucks

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