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Is This the First Picture of the LG Optimus G2?

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Leak specialist @evleaks posted this photo today of what can only be described as an unannounced, upcoming, high-end LG smartphone. Our first guess is to assume this is the new LG Optimus G2, the follow-up to last year’s Optimus G (our review). Since this is definitely not the Optimus G Pro, what else can it be, right? 

You’ll notice that it lacks hardware navigation keys, so there is a chance that LG is buying into Google’s take on Android, which is to go with software keys. The display also seems to carry a similar quality to the original Optimus G, or even Nexus 4, in that it cascades towards the edges. Early reports from benchmarks peg this phone as having a Snapdragon 800 processor and running the latest version of Android. I would also imagine that it’ll come equipped with the new display resolution standard for high-end devices of 1080p.

Speaking of Nexus, is there any chance that this becomes the reference device for the newly-rumored next Nexus phone from LG? The original Optimus G was indeed the reference for the Nexus 4, so should the report out of Korea Times from last week end up being true, you could potentially be looking at the new Nexus phone.

Lots of questions with no answers, as usual.

Via:  @evleaks

  • Bigwavedave25

    DANG, still not transparent… WHEN CAN I HAVE STARKS’ PHONE FROM IRON MAN2??? 🙂
    (blatant LG and Vz logos all over that junk).

  • TylerChappell

    Either it uses software keys or LG is up to its copycat ways and there are two invisible ones on either side of the LG logo just like the Galaxy S3 and S4 and the LG logo is magically a button too where LG is trying to capitalize on HTC’s mistake! muehehehehehahaha!

  • googlyeyedfrog

    It appears as though the screen is has a ratio akin to movie screens of 2.35:1, perhaps to fall in line with our phones becoming more media consumption devices? This would also make searching the web easier since we generally scroll up and down, not sideways. But I agree that 1-hand use for such a tall device may be awkward. That, and making it narrower will make typing in portrait mode a tight fit. Regardless of its exact ratio, it’s certainly higher than the standard 16:9 we are used to seeing.

  • so they moved the home button to the top end and made it a speaker?

  • After having the HTC One, I just cant go to a phone without front facing speakers. They are mind blowing.

  • xpyroxcorex

    This phone looks really nice…. except the bottom bezel looks bigger than the top….. thats my only gripe. Other than that im honestly thinking about switching to lg. Normally I only buy sammy or htc.

  • bitch_please

    This… is… beautiful.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Cheap Samsung looking device, first their skin looks like touchwiz, now this, LG YOU WERE GOING SO WELL, WHY SCREW IT UP!!!

  • Kyle Cordiano

    That is a beast looking of a phone. Bring it LG.

  • Bionic

    I really don’t see how it has the 800 inside. The 800 isn’t supposed to be in mass production until late summer.

    • EraserXIV

      Maybe the phone isn’t due until Q4, but LG was able to get manufacturing samples for prototyping.

    • If its in prototyping now, then its very possible they have one of the 800 reference chips inside. LG is large enough to pull those, I’m sure. If they are looking at a late Q3/early Q4 release then that fits the timeline perfectly.

      • Bionic

        Yeah that is true

    • TylerChappell

      Yeah, I would hate for it to be powerful enough to crush any potential Motorola device XD

  • TheWenger

    Please make this the Nexus 5 with the Snapdragon 800 and 5″ 1080p screen. That bezel is sexy.

  • gokusimpson


  • LG is really looking to overtake Samsung
    I can’t wait to try out this badboy

  • Christopher Grame

    something about this phone looks strange. and i have to say as much of android fanboi as i am…nothing has impressed me other than the htc one. no one tries anything different anymore. too bad i hate the key layout + sense =(………..Maybe a Nexus One???

    • Liderc

      Agreed about something looking just “off” here. No phone has impressed me since the Galaxy Nexus. The HTC One looks nice, but feels a bit odd in hand. Nothing else has impressed me, the GS3/4 are just plastic and huge.

      Edit: Now that I look at it closer, I think it’s just the glare at the top making it look “off.” Actually looks a lot like the Nexus front.

    • xpyroxcorex

      You mean that phone that already exists, called….. wait for it…. THE NEXUS ONE!!!!

  • qwerty

    That’s a pretty good looking device. The possibility of on screen navigation keys makes it all the more appealing, personally. Probably won’t be headed to Verizon though…

    • michael arazan

      Verizon is passing on any phone that they can’t put their logo on the front of the device it seems

      Anyone know what wallpaper that is? = P

      • EC8CH

        wallpaper = windows blue screen of death

    • Richard Yarrell
      • squiddy20

        You have some serious problems. That whole article is filled with “purportedly”, “maybe”, “could be” and “rumored”. And you take it as if it’s 100% true. What a gullible moron.

  • Damian

    Probably at least a 5 inch screen on this bad boy, but I’m loving the idea of on-screen keys, LG is doing themselves a favor. If there would we a cool multicolored notification light beneath the speaker grill that would be wonderful

  • Dillon Brown

    Yep, the first thing I thought when I saw the picture was this is the reference device for the next nexus.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmm that actually looks pretty damn Nice. Could this be the Next Nexus? Is LG finally turning the corner?

    • EC8CH

      doesn’t look near as nice as the Nexus 4, but at least it looks like LG is finally ditching old bad ideas (physical buttons) and finally embracing the future of android as its creator sees it.

  • pmugghc

    The screen’s proportion looks strange, so long.

  • EraserXIV

    Snapdragon 800? Yes please. If it’s a decent phone, I don’t care who makes it.

    • Butters619

      The main problem with LG is lack of sustained Dev support.

  • Eric

    The curved glass is a biatch to deal with when it comes to screen protectors but damn it feels so good in the hands.

    • George264

      Definitely. One the DNA, it is heaven to my fingers. Sometimes I get bored and just put my finger over the curve at the edges. It does suck for protectors, especially the glass ones which are fantastic. It’s worth the sacrifice getting some scratches. And as the GG3 gets even better, I wish all new phones had this.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Maybe to early to comment on this but that highlight at the top looks like the “curve” could warp the front camera optics… probably just the picture.

  • After comparing this with the Nexus 4, I would definitely say that I like the earpiece at the top of the glass rather than in it.

    • EC8CH

      yeah that earpiece looks kinda funky. That and ditch the logo, otherwise looks money.

      • I’m not seeing a notification LED either. I’m only seeing proximity and brightness control. I hope I’m wrong.

        • EC8CH

          maybe that’s why the top of the earpiece looks weird, might be the notification light. I think some of the Moto phones do it that way.

          • EraserXIV

            I think the glare and the angle is making the earpiece appear weirder than it would in real life.

          • Maybe it’s like the G Pro power button.

          • EC8CH

            yeah, like the second coming of the turbo button or sumpin

          • That button doesn’t glow, though.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          There’s always a notification light on LG devices. Removing it would be moving backwards. Not sure how iPhone phones deal without one.

          • Bigwavedave25

            iphones will bug the ever living crap out of you with repeat notification until it is acknowledged. her phone drives me nutz..!

  • ” LG” means Beauty Elegance & Power!
    Life’s Good…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Fanboy Alert!

  • eli

    ahhhhhhhhh yeeeeeessssssss

  • kirk ngo

    Looks a bit too tall for one handed usage.

    • Droidzilla

      That’s what she said!

      I’ll show myself out.

  • Really liking it, wonder what the screen size is.

  • Interest piqued

  • Jim

    I like the small bezels. Too bad something was probably sacrificed in the process.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Tiny speakers?

      • someone

        I wouldn’t mind crappy speakers for smaller bezels to accommodate a bigger screen. It just needs to be loud enough so I can hear it ring. For other audio, I always use headphones. I guess we’ll see but for some reason I just can’t get excited for an LG phone. Kind of like how ZTE and Huawei phones aren’t interesting to read about.

    • someone

      Hopefully, for some, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.

  • EC8CH

    Not Bad