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LG G2 Makes Appearance in Video Slides – Massive Edge-to-Edge Display, Rear Volume Rocker

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Thanks to a series of video screenshots posted by famed leaker @evleaks, we may now know additional details of LG’s upcoming Optimus G2 or just “G2.” The device has been rumored since last November, with benchmarks potentially confirming its processor (Snapdragon 800) and even what many believe to be the first photos of it popping up here and there. It should be a “super” phone, to put it plainly. So what have we learned tonight? 

Assuming these screenshots from a promo video are real, we’re looking at an incredibly thin phone with the closest thing to an edge-to-edge display we have seen to date. You may remember this photo of an LG device that first appeared back in May, showing an almost bezel-less rim around the display? It certainly looks a lot like the device featured above.

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But speaking of thin, these shots show a device that is so thin that LG has moved the volume rocker from the side to the back under the camera housing. Seems like an odd move, right? In additional screenshots, LG is trying to sell the idea by showing a user holding the device in a typical way that places an index finger directly on the spot of the new volume rocker. If you grab your phone and hold it up to your head, you may find that you also hold your phone this way. So, I’m certainly willing to give this idea a try if it lands us a thinner device profile.

Last, there also appears to be a notification light between the volume up and down buttons on the back. We would also assume that the physical home button on the front of the device will have a similar notification light around it, so by adding the backside light, one would be able to catch notifications whether their phone is lying face down or on its back. Edit:  The front may not have a physical button, and could be an LG logo instead. Would be unfortunate to have only a notification light on the back of the phone. I personally, never lay my phones face down.

LG has an event planned in NYC on August 7 to show off something new from their mobile division. If I were a betting man, I’d drop some cash on the topic involving this phone.

Thoughts on a rear volume rocker? What about the overall design?

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Via:  @evleaks

  • Allen Byrd

    Now they just need to get rid of their horrible software skin.

  • Anonymous

    Ok I have had enough. They blatantly copied the Galaxy S4 just by looking at it

  • Daniel

    UGH, LG needs to stop with the physical, center home button like Samsung, no one wants that, either use capacitive buttons under the screen or just use on-screen like everyone else!

    • XWA_FAN

      Daniel, my guess is that there are no physical buttons as the ‘button’ that we are speaking of looks suspiciously circular and has a pretty tell tale LG face not to mention the LG next to it. if they used their LGface logo as a physical button I don’t think I would be abject to it, but to me it looks like capacitive buttons just like the LGOG, which I hold in my hands as we speak, BTW yes I fondled my phone and yes I think I like the idea of being able to find the volume rocker on the back. Though I do wonder about zoom for pics or vids now that I think about it.

  • chris420o

    why do these companies just rip off eachother…who do these korean companies hire for development? god they suck i wont buy anything from these companies unless its a tv…i hate the way samsung phones look with their stupid home button…so what does lg do? makes the exact same thing…so dumb why wouldnt you wanna diffrentiate from your competition? trying to pull a samsung on samsung god i hate these companiesss….moto for the love of god release something worth while!!! i need american made in my life

  • I wish they would add a fingerprint scanner for unlocking ala the motorola atrix! To this day I don’t know why motorola discounted it, and no other company has implemented it.

  • Curtis

    As drunk as LG!

  • Curtis

    Go home LG… you’re drunk!

  • dannydarko

    The volume rocker placement is a deal breaker for me. Who cares how thin a phone is if you turn the volume up everytime its in your pocket.

  • Isha

    Guys you know ..Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the first smartphone ever to use LTE-Advanced technology..how it will do in market ?

  • tomtt001

    I’m sure the ‘physical home button’ is actually the lg logo

  • JMonkeYJ

    definitely some interesting ideas here with reshuffling the commonly accepted smartphone design. i love the experimentation that is going on with stuff like this right now. i will, however, reserve judgement on whether it’s a good change until i hear some more about it 😉

  • James Jun

    That back volume control better be pretty stiff, or I can see some pretty nasty scenes going on when it slides from silent to full-blast in your pocket during important happenings (like meetings and business stuff).

  • Allan

    Might look decent if it didn’t have those giant + and – on the buttons. Why are those necessary? You’re not going to be looking at them… and you know the top button will be volume up and the bottom button will be volume down. There is no need for them to be on there. My volume rocker doesn’t have a + and – so why does this need to? In my opinion, it looks incredibly stupid and cheap with them on there. The front of the device looks great, while the back looks awful.

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    Ugly. The Optimus G is much better looking, judging from these pictures.

  • Bob G

    Am I missing something? Where do you see a physical home button on the front?

  • I am down for a rear volume rocker.

  • tyguy829

    Anyone realize the shadow on the top pic is a person? And it says “Learning from you.” I wonder if they are going to beat moto to the awareness stuff

    • needa

      it wouldnt surprise me. lg has been able to beat samsung to the punch on a couple of occasions. samsung announces it and lg sends out an update before samsung can release the product. like the both cameras on at once thing.

      i have to assume that moto has something else up their sleeve or dennis would not have mentioned it at d11. why let out your best secret when you know its going to be months before the product releases?

  • Keith Win

    this is the proof that LG is making Nexus 5. BC the Optimus G was a cousin of N4.

    • needa

      you really want lg to make the next nexus dont ya. why would lg not be able to update their own line of products without making the next nexus? Per Sarge.

      • Keith Win

        that is LG’s job to update these old devices, not mine.

        • needa


  • OK how many of you just grabbed your phone and fondled it to see if you’d like the proposed volume rocker? LOL

    • Mr E

      Not until I read your comment. Thanks a lot 😉

  • Dick.Johnson

    As soon as I read the headline, …Rear Volume Rocker, I automatically assume that LG will be the next company to manufacture the next Nexus. As Dombfrsh said below, I think that the space between the volume rocker can be used for navigation of some sort. I think back at the patent that Google acquired, for touch gestures on the back of devices, and maybe Google let LG use this on their next phone, G2, and then base their next Nexus on it, just like they based the Nexus 4 on the first G phone.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    My last LG phone was the Dare lol.

    • Heon Jun Park

      Mine too, hated it the thing

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        If it had android >>>

    • Hah, mine as well. In fact, I still have it. I use it for my 3rd line and take the upgrade to supplement my one phone per year addiction.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Interestingly thin. Edge2Edge is lookin great. But huh? i think the volume rocker movement will be flop, that’s just initial thoughts. I turn up the volume during a call and it presses against my ear? Idk man…looks great but def isn’t for me. might as well throw a scroll wheel on it.
    I’d rather a touch sensitive side that my thumb can can operate the volume with a couple swipes.
    Maybe i’m on the moto x kool-aid…

  • shecalledmejay

    the only thing tho is it looks tall

  • shecalledmejay

    OMG please say this is coming to verizon lol I’m one of those ppl that just can’t seem to jump of the verizon ship. and I need a replacement device for my Gnex

    • I feel ya there

    • i want an upgrade from my Gnex too… but dont want to lose my unlimited data… 🙁

      • 4n1m4L

        I’m hoping the Verizon one or dna2 come out soon. They look to be impressive devices.

        • Nagini

          Right! They just need to lose the ultrapixel camera!

          • 4n1m4L

            The dna2 will probably have more pixels. I however believe in the ultra pixel. Rez isn’t everything.

          • Nagini

            Resolution is a big deal if you plan on blowing the images up.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            True, but as long as you are aware of that limitation, its is easy to be impressed with the images you get with the One. They did a really good job with it, especially for lowlight/social shots.

          • MichaelFranz

            I think i have seen somewhere that someone had a nice wall photo printed of a shot they took with the HTC One. Looks professional to say the least.

          • MK17

            Low light performance >>>>>>>> Mega Pixels

          • Doug

            Generally low light sensitivity correlates better to larger receptors not more receptors. The larger the number of photon the receptor can collect before it becomes saturated results in a greater dynamic range which typically improves performance in both low light and bright light situations. The more receptors that are packed into a given area the smaller each receptor becomes. A smaller receptor just can’t collect as many photons before saturation. To ensure good normally light performance it is clipped at both the high end (saturated) and low end.

          • MK17

            Unless you plan on blowing up images to greater than 24×16 then it really doesn’t matter. And if you are, then you probably would use a real camera. Heck, my wife (against my recommendation) blew up a photo from Facebook to put with other pictures of higher quality. Unless you went within 2 ft of it you would have never known.

          • KH

            In this day&age of pinch to zoom, resolution is tantamount to every other high-end feature. How many times do you find yourself zooming in on photos on your device? I do it all the time and my 5mp Gnex just doesn’t cut it. 8mp has become an industry standard, so nothing should be made with less than that.

      • JonathonFlores

        I’ll tell you what I did. I have a plan with 2 of my friends, my mother and my gf. Everybody has unlimted data except for one of the friends. He’s our scape goat. We just trasnfer the upgrade to his line, upgrade the device with a new two year contract and when the phone comes in, we just activate it on the line that we want. That simple. Last time I did this, I went to the store, bought the phone and told them I would activate it at home bc I didnt have time to activate it right at that moment. Works like a charm and we keep unlimited dat 🙂

        • so what account gets the 2 year renewal? your friend without unlimited data? so if you upgrade a phone and that account gets a renewal, then a month later you have a line with another upgrade, is it just resetting the limited data line back to 2 years? seems like they wouldn’t allow you to do that? i have 3 lines but one 2 with unlimited data so im really curious how this would work…

    • Anon

      This is coming to vzw and all major us carriers.

    • Same boat. Here’s what I did 2 days ago: bought a GS4 off contract, rooted and AOSP ROM’ed it. Nexus experience GS4, unlimited LTE, free tether. Booya!

      • shecalledmejay


  • EC8CH

    I’m not seeing a physical home button on the front.

    • Casey Maines

      Umm…I am…

      • EC8CH

        I think that’s an lg logo not a button.

        • Mark Mann

          it could be both, but you’re right, LG logo not a button

  • master94

    LG once again ahead of the curve in ideas and hardware. Lets hope their software does not hold them back like it did before. Though I will say their new not touchwiz touchwiz is faster than the real touchwiz

  • John Burke

    Alright, I definitely approve of them making the Nexus 5 now!

    • Bionic


  • CrimsonBlur

    Am I the only one who thinks this is a silly move? They wouldn’t need to put the rocker in such a useless spot if LG (among others) would stop fighting for thinness in their phones.

    As an individual with large hands, I can’t possibly see how this would work well.

    Either I’m just an outlier…or LG is insane. Time will tell, I suppose.

    • Bionic

      considering the fact that ultra thin phones sell, its you, bro. That being said, i put a case on my S4 for two reasons, I wanted to add some bulk to it, and protect it, LOL

      • michael arazan

        This is the First LG Phone I ever gave consideration too, and that is saying a lot cause I never liked an LG phone before, ever

    • FAL_Fan

      I’m right there with you brother, I put the incipio dual pro on my note 2 to help thicken it up, my girl did the same thing with her s4. Thin is nice and all but for people with a hard time finding nice extra large gloves it’s for the birds. My hand perfectly fits the note 2, top left corner of screen, volume rocker and all.

      • Your thumb reaches the tip left corner of the screen one handed?? You must be a beast!

        • FAL_Fan

          Lol no I just have big hands. But yes, I rarely use 2 hands on the note 2, only really when I’m using the s-pen or playing a game in landscape mode.

    • Mr E

      It seems odd — instead of cradling your phone and pushing in, now you have to hold it while pushing it away from your palm. Maybe it will work, but it seems strange. I’m pretty happy with the thin-ness of my current phone.

  • Bionic

    we needs droid life’s showwsss

  • Dombfrsh

    The middle part in between the volume rocker I’d assume is probably a track pad of sorts for navagation

    • Ooh interesting idea. Could very well be.

    • It kinda looks like one of those finger print scanners that Disney uses at guest services!

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        yeah i’m with u on this. i’m 105% sure is a fingerprint scanner.

        • But the only thing is, does Android support fingerprint based security? I mean LG could possibly make their own suite of apps but that just doesn’t sound like something they would do for a single phone.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Moto backflip? from the pre gingerbread days lol. Yeah it should tho, with moto on the same wave i believe google cooked something up with manufacturers.

          • Oh and one more thing to point out, from the second picture posted, it seems like the area in between the volume buttons is lighting up so hopefully that kinda confirms some initial thoughts. Unless of course LG just decided to be extra-gaudy with an extremely reflective decorative piece!

          • Mark Mann

            when the original atrix was released it had a fingerprint scanner built into it

      • Mr E

        ugh, those things barely work for me. apparently i have very subtle fingerprints

    • Mr E

      it’s hard to tell if it’s like an up-down toggle, or maybe a mute button

  • Greg Buxton

    If they make the volume rocker also be a zoom in/out with the camera it could be doubly handy.

    • Bionic


    • Bob G

      But then you’d never take photos in landscape mode and ruin your videos too.

    • radiohead14

      no.. that would be such an awkward way to do so.. also.. since it’s right next to the lens.. more chances of accidental fingers in your shots. side rockers are still better for this purpose.

  • Bionic

    LG just showed Sony how its done. LG has really really improved the last couple years. Color me impressed

    • n900mixalot

      They’ve always been great they just had a few hiccups (G2X) that made them look scheisty. Theirs was hands down THE BEST 3D phone on the market. The Optimus 3D is a baddazzzzz phone.

  • I LOVE the idea of a rear volume rocker.

    • Rocketjrb

      So does your mom. #BAM!!!

      • Bionic

        no dude, no. That was just lame.

        • Rocketjrb

          But I added #BAM. Makes it good.

    • notechnomo

      would make music controls so much easier to access while riding in my leathers.