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Device Gallery of LG G2 Hits the Web, Extremely Thin and Unique Design Incoming (Updated)

LG G2

With LG’s press event for early next month, we still have a little bit of time before the above pictured device, the G2, is official unveiled. Thanks to Engadget who recently got ahold of some nice pictures of the device, we now know exactly what we are in for. 

From what we saw in a previous press render leak, the device is ultra thin. So thin in fact that the volume rocker and power button have been placed on the device’s backside, allowing for some serious cuts in dimensions. Beyond that, we can see LG has been working hard on their custom UI, throwing in on-screen navigation buttons and ridding themselves of those capacitive buttons that no one seems to be a fan of (at least many of us). One touch that we are really excited to see is the transparency changes between apps, as shown in the home screen image and the camera application image. Very nice touch.

You’ll find dual speakers along the bottom side of the device and there is a nicely sized camera lens as well. From what we have heard about the specs department, LG isn’t slouching on that either. The G2 will to sport the new Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM and a lovely 1080p display that could push 5-inches.

The phone pictured is running on Sprint’s network with Android 4.2.2.

Update:  A video of the device in action can be seen here.

Let us know what you think – fan of the volume rocker placement or any other thoughts on the G2?

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Via: Engadget

  • artsr2002

    This will be even better once the AOSP ROMs hit it. Limitless possibilities. No problems with LG skins or button placement or whatnot.

  • LiterofCola

    Meh.

  • Vanquishgc

    Button placement, while weird, might just work. Just take a little getting used to. I love LG’s displays, and cameras have been solid. It’s just been their skins that have sucked. They seem to be improving big time though. Never owned an LG, but…..

  • Bigwavedave25

    ooh, I hear Daft Punk in the background playing… “Doin’ It Right” !!
    Thank you LG for supporting on-screen nav. +1

  • JoeTi

    I’m a little bit of a nexus homer, but this could be an interesting phone. and just like my Nexus, I’m totally diggin on the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone! Nice job LG.

  • MikeCiggy

    Oh look a carrier actually learned something from working with Google on the N4. On screen buttons and a simple black front like the Nexus line.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i think the new button layout is a potentially ingenious idea, but i’m not quite sure if actually pressing them will work out well. we’ll see. also i think the skin is probably the most creative take on an android skin that i’ve seen in a long time. but i still would prefer vanilla :-) i like that LG is doing something different, tho.

  • KOBALT

    Watch out for RYAN. He trolls through everyones comments and downvotes them, then spams with comments. He’s a douche nugget.

  • Evil-D

    I like the volume buttons being on the back of the device. But right next to the camera is not good. I imagine getting fingerprints all over the camera lens.

  • LionStone

    Hmm…I’d tap that! :-)

  • Liderc

    Why did they have to put their logo on the bottom, it was looking so sexy before I saw that.

  • Allan

    Well at least they didn’t go with those hideous giant + and – on the back like in the render.

  • Drome

    looks really nice. LG’s skin not so appealing though =

    • beng8686

      That’s what I was thinking… Volume rocker and power buttom placement looks retarded though. But who knows, I might like it once I get it in my hand.

      • Bionic

        thats what she said

        • beng8686

          Lolz

  • interstellarmind

    Am I the only one hoping LG gets to make the Nexus 5?

    For the record – I am NOT a fan of the backside volume rockers!

  • RoadsterHD1

    looks nice

  • Bionic

    LG has come a long way the past couple years

    • Paul Hansen

      That they have. I just wish they’d get away from the glossy designs. Shows scratches/fingerprints like crazy. Some people may knock moto for that kevlar look but I’ll be damned if you could scratch/damage it. It’s damn near impossible

    • Vanquishgc

      No kidding. The Optimus line, and even the Lucid 2 have been great additions. Good for them for finally getting their footing. They keep this up, I might actually give them a shot, provided VZW actually gets one of these beasts. And as far as the design goes, it’s different, but I think people will get the have of the button placement. It’s creative for sure.

  • BRIM

    DAT BEZEL

  • KOBALT

    Note 2 here. My Nexus 7 has on-screen buttons. Worst thing ever. I can’t figure out why you guys love them so much. More of an pain than anything.

  • KOBALT

    Still an LG…… :/

    • Ryan

      Get over it.

      • KOBALT

        Might as well buy a Vizio phone

      • dmagicp

        We don’t have to we can just buy Samsung phones which is why I love the choice offered by Android

  • Matthew Merrick

    Am I the only one ticked off about the dedicated onscreen menu button?

  • tickdowntozero

    I work for a verizon retailer, we have it scheduled to come into our inventory in september

    • Vanquishgc

      As a fellow VZW agent, I hope you’re right. We could sell a lot of these. Great fall release, and you have to imagine with LG trying to snag market share, the price point should be really good.

  • shecalledmejay

    The front would be perfect without that LG logo

  • Hunter Stephenson

    I’m really loving the on-screen nav buttons!

  • John Higgins

    How does this phone compare to the upcoimg Moto phones?

    • Bionic

      it will probably kill them, to be honest. Probably looking at a snapdragon 800 here.

  • Nadora

    Wow, sexy and finally another phone with onscreen buttons! Transparen background! After my Galaxy Nexus I just cannot go back to any kind of capacitive buttons or *cough* physical home buttons. Not convinced about the volume rocker placement on the back, but I guess I will have to field test it before I diss it.

    Thin is also nice, but not too thin please. It still has to be comfortable to hold! Not a fan of wide and thin. Rather have my phones a bit on the taller side and of course minimal bezel for more screen real estate. :)

  • Heon Jun Park

    LG put Pie control on it xD……

    • Heon Jun Park

      and Halo….

      • Bionic

        i think that game is exclusive to xbox :)

        • Heon Jun Park

          ….. I meant the thing on PA ROM…. but the Game would be great too xD

  • Hunter Stephenson

    Uh Oh, looks like LG is stealing features and design elements from Samsung…

    • blackjaguar25

      HUNNNTTTTERRRRRR!
      Christian here.

      • Hunter Stephenson

        Hey man!

    • ryan

      ummmmm not really

      • Hunter Stephenson

        Well, maybe just the front looks like the S4.

        • Ryan

          Really? where is the home button?? o just because it is thin then its a copy of the S4….

        • jessem1323

          Nope. Its missing that awful home button. Doesnt look anything like the S4

        • LAmDroid

          a rectangle with rounded corners?

        • Hunter Stephenson

          Forget I even shared my opinion

          • Guest

            Don’t back down, go to the video of it and see how many people say the same thing.

        • KOBALT

          Cuz it has a screen?

    • KOBALT

      Cuz it’s the shape of a smartphone? 0_o

    • Mvrcel Lgt

      I hate the Samsungdesigns and YEAS, I feel like you, this phone does so look like a Samsung! Chrome-earpiece, homebutton = Logo (wow, what a change), camera centred (not sticking out, but compare it please), sensors AND frontcam to the left (compare to n4 and G1!!)…if anyone cant see its the Samsung design they must be brand-blind! I love that they used the iphone-speakers ;) But nope, the G looked much more unique than this.

  • EC8CH

    on screen the button are.

  • ahhh yes

    g2x

  • ahhh yes

    everytime i hear about this phone i think of htc’s G2..and an “x” and you have LG G2x

  • Joseph Pojunis

    Hot

  • JonathonFlores

    Remember when LG was like that ugly girl in high school you never talked to?

    • KOBALT

      Except she’s still ugly and performs worse

      • ryan

        and your the ugly troll that has nothin better to do than creep around.

        • KOBALT

          Says your mom with herpes

          You’re the one going to all my posts and sending negative comments, RYAN. You’re the creeper. Douche.

          • dreadnatty08

            Calm down children, it’s just the internets.

      • Vanquishgc

        Disagree. While looks are subjective, I like that LG is going outside the box. Plus how do you figure it’s going to perform worse? Their displays have almost always been excellent, plus if it does have the Snapdragon 800, it’s gonna be constant beast mode. I like the speaker placement on the bottom too. Good call IMO.

    • Bionic

      way to steal Kia’s advertising

  • Bionic

    Willing to bet that this will be the Nexus 5

    • XphoneTroll

      what are the chances?

      • Joseph Pojunis

        Slim to none.

        • Bionic

          yeah, source?

          • Joseph Pojunis

            The all-knowing Sarge, of course. I’m surprised he didn’t fill you in on that.

    • Joseph Pojunis

      Yeah, especially after LG went through the effort to put their new UI on it. That just SCREAMS Nexus. Per Sarge.

      • Bionic

        Its called a GED edition idiot. But i still think google will offer a “nexus” device every year and this could be it.

        • Joseph Pojunis

          I see your point. You’re known to be correct about 5% of the time, so you probably hit the nail on the head with this one.

          • dmagicp

            Whatever. Bionic was preaching from the mountain tops 100% of the time that the moto X phone cometh and everyone kept saying that he was delusional. And what do we have? A moto X phone that is surely coming.

        • Daniel DS

          It’s GPE, GED edition
          GED = Google Edition D-something edition? >_>

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            GED = Google Experience Device

          • Joseph Pojunis

            I could see that, but that still wouldn’t be a Nexus. A Google Play Edition of this phone would be epic, though.

          • Bionic

            thank you

          • Daniel DS

            FYI, the official name is GPE, Google Play Edition.

        • Tommy Thompson

          Except they aren’t called GED. They are called GPD. Google PLAY Edition.

      • JonathonFlores

        Don’t be that guy…LG actually did this last year when they made the Nexus 4. It was just an iteration of their latest flagship device.

        • Joseph Pojunis

          True, but more of what I’m saying is that the Optimus G wasn’t the Nexus 4. The Optimus G2 isn’t going to be the Nexus 5. The Nexus may be temporarily inspired by the G series, but they are two separate lines of devices.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Well, I gotta say, if you’re going to be a douche, then at least you have the balls to do it with your real name and not as an anonymous coward. /thumbsup

  • Trevor

    Phones have become too thin in my opinion. Yeah its great when it comes to your hipster pants pocket, but I don’t think they’re comfortable to hold. I actually prefer my GS4 with the wireless charging cover because of the added thickness.

    • Bionic

      i agree, my S4 is as thin as I am willing to tolerate

      • Vanquishgc

        yeah I appreciate thinness but you’re right, the S4 is pushing it. If the Note 2 were any thicker though, it would be too difficult to wield. I don’t know if it’s a weight thing they’re going for or what, but I do agree with you. That’s one area that Motorola has never been too concerned with is weight, which I appreciate. I like to know my phone is actually in my pocket personally.

  • XboxOne

    looks like a mix of an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 5.

  • Ray Gray

    Looks sexy that’s fur sure

  • Rabid Rotty

    Imagine this as a Google Edition. I would break my Nexus only policy

  • middlehead

    On-screen buttons are worse than the self-esteem of a Tijuana donkey show girl.

    • JonathonFlores

      Why? “Because they take up screen real estate?”

      • Joseph A. Yager

        He would prefer less screen and more bezel, apparently

        • KOBALT

          And yes to you, as well.

        • BSweetness

          The problem with that argument here is that, in these pictures, the G2 still has a pretty large bottom bezel. It’s large enough to accommodate buttons.

          I’m all for on-screen buttons, but if a manufacturer is going to use them, they need shrink the bottom bezel. If the bezel at the bottom is going to be big enough to have buttons of some sort, go ahead and use physical buttons and provide a little more space on the screen at all times.

          So far every phone with on-screen buttons has still had a sizable bottom bezel (or chin in some cases), which is pretty darn sad.

          • Allan

            OR they should should start using on-screen buttons and use that space for front-facing speakers. Why has nobody done this yet?

          • BSweetness

            Great alternative.

          • Evil-D

            Ahh, HTC has used that space for front facing speakers already.

          • BSweetness

            But they also had physical buttons, so they didn’t do what @disqus_CK4taajblu:disqus is saying.

          • Kokomo

            They have….it’s called the HTC One. Was released two months ago on every carrier BUT Verizon…as per usual.

          • BSweetness

            Nice try, but the HTC One also has physical buttons, so it doesn’t fit the above description.

          • Allan

            The HTC One doesn’t have on-screen buttons. Sorry, try again.

          • Vanquishgc

            Good…..point…..

          • JonathonFlores

            Except that the on-screen buttons don’t take up screen real estate. They are precisiely where phsical buttons would be. The Gnex has a 4.65″ screen.

            At the time the Gnex was launched a 4.3″ screen was a sizeable display amongst phones launching with 3.7″ and 4″ displays. Why would you want your buttons all the way at the bottom of the device on that bottom bezel? The on-screen buttons line up perfectly where your thumb joint is.

            Putting on-screen buttons at the very bottom of the bezel or extending the screen to the very bottom of the phone wouldn’t be practical, functional and would look terrible from a symmetrical standpoint. A bezel at the top for speaker,sensors, camera. etc and then no bezel at the bottom… That’s tacky.

          • BSweetness

            I’m not sure where you’re getting your logic from. On-screen buttons do indeed take up screen real estate. The GNex has a 4.65″ screen, but outside of using specific apps (like when watching videos), only about 4.4″ of it is actually usable (because of the on-screen buttons). There is plenty of room on a device like the GNex for capacitive buttons on the bottom bezel (without increasing the size of the bezel), which would allow full use of the 4.65″ screen 100% of the time. The screen isn’t 4.65″ plus the space used for the on-screen buttons. It’s 4.65″ minus the space used for the on-screen buttons. That’s why they’re “on-screen” – they take up part of the screen.

            You’re arguing that you prefer the existence of a bottom bezel with on-screen buttons in order to have the navigation buttons moved up a bit. That’s fine if that’s your preference, but it’s not mine. I’d rather maximize usable screen space or minimize the size of the bottom bezel.

            Either way, on-screen buttons do take up a portion of the screen real estate.

          • JonathonFlores

            I’m actaully arguing that on-screen buttons don’t take up screen real estate. You’re accomodated for the on-screen buttons with a 4.65″ display. Devices were shpping with 4-4.3″ displays. So,per your comment it was still bigger than the competions’ (Droid Razr, HTC Rezound, iPhone 4 & 4S) displays. You’re not losing anything, you’re only gaining sofware keys in a space where hardware keys would be. What’s so hard to understand about that. If the Gnex would have had hardware buttons, the display size would be approx. 4.3″….just like all the other devices that shipped in that time frame.

          • BSweetness

            It could have been 4.3″, but there’s also room below the 4.65″ screen on the Galaxy Nexus for hardware keys. What I’m saying is that if you’re going to have room for hardware keys, which every phone released so far with on-screen keys has had, you are losing screen real estate.

            Look at Android phones dating back to the original Droid. The capacitive keys were all the way at the bottom of the bezel. There was virtually no bezel below them (the original Droid and others had a chin, but that’s a different story). You don’t see phones with hardware keys and then a bottom bezel below those keys that’s as large as the one on the Galaxy Nexus like you’re saying.

            Until a manufacture releases a phone with virtually no bottom bezel (or until they use that space for something useful), you are losing screen real estate.

        • middlehead

          You’re not getting any more screen when the buttons take up screen space. You lose screen in either scenario, so the one where your buttons are always available is the superior one. That’s just science.

        • dmagicp

          No because samsung phones have a nice thin bezel and they still put the buttons there.

          • Joseph A. Yager

            But wouldn’t it be better to have no bezel at all? I think we are getting to where that can be possible, but can’t happen by default with hardware/capacitive buttons as they are non changeable. I like the idea of speakers in their place, though.

          • BSweetness

            I think it would be better to have no bezel at all (or to have a solid speaker there). But the fact that every phone that’s been released with on-screen buttons still has a bottom bezel that’s large enough to accommodate physical buttons just goes to show that we’re not quite at the point where manufacturers are able to do that.

            A big part of the reason for that is that phones are getting thinner, and the side bezels are shrinking. Manufacturers still need room for internal components, so they’re keeping the top and bottom bezels. As far as I’m concerned, they might as well put some buttons on the bezel (or a good speaker) if it’s going to be there anywhere.

          • dmagicp

            I don’t really care about changing my buttons as much as I love my screen completely open and unobstructed. I even have my lights turned off so you can’t even see the buttons anymore. I just know where to touch the bezel to go to the menu and back. I think it’s great. Now if somehow Google can make the buttons go away completely when not in use, then I will be all for on screen. But until then, it’s Samsung for me.

      • KOBALT

        Yes, actually.

    • shecalledmejay

      you do know you can make the on screen buttons disappear completely right and you can change the order or the looks. It’s all about being able to customize the phone the way you want thats why we love On-screen buttons

      • middlehead

        You make them disappear, then what? You have to restore them to use them, making any activity now take more action.

        • shecalledmejay

          Pie controls or gesture controls

          • middlehead

            Still doesn’t beat the convenience of just having the buttons available.

          • shecalledmejay

            to me it kinda does, because you can add or subtract buttons to your liking instead of being stuck with the main 3

  • wade_county

    Damn, LG brought it.

  • Ryan Powell

    I agree! I want that transparent background to be default for the next version of android.

    • NeilOMalley

      AOKP Lets you do it.

    • shecalledmejay

      Nova launcher for right now until google catches on

      • Ryan Powell

        Is there an option to do this in Nova Launcher? I’m using Nova Launcher on my Gnex but never show the option.

        • shecalledmejay

          Nevermind I tried because I’m running Nova on the Gnex too. Somebody just left a comment saying with the option is on the Paranoid Rom for the Gnex

  • Seth Merritt

    Are people really asking for thinner and thinner phones? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Let’s stop all this and put some bigger batteries in these thins. /rant

    • matt

      seriously, I’d rather have a phone that is a bit thicker that can easily last a full day of heavy usage!

      • JonathonFlores

        Truuuue! (2 Chainz voice)

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        I’ll be one heck of a happy camper when manufacturers can use
        on-screen buttons and actually shrink the bottom bezel. But until that
        time, I have absolutely no problem with physical buttons when the bezel
        is going to be big enough for them anyway, because you are getting more
        usable screen real estate.

    • wade_county

      The battery is probably wide enough that it doesn’t have to be thick.

      • Mikey Styles

        Thta’s what she said Lol

      • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

        Now imagine if it was just as wide and still thick. Do you see the point now?

      • LAmDroid

        more room for a wider battery shoudnt mean slimming down the battery. It should just mean having room for higher capacity batteries.

    • kixofmyg0t

      A bigger battery you say?

      Hmm we should have some good news in a day or so.

      • Marsg

        Motorola already confirmed they aren’t releasing the motor x on the 11th if that’s what you were referring to

    • Hunter Stephenson

      I’m with you. In this day and age, there is no excuse for small batteries and limited usage of a mobile device. Slap a big battery on it. I mean the MAXX series does it without adding much thickness at all!

    • maxx1987

      yeah man. i put a case on mine no matter what (clumsy), so the thinner the better!

    • jose

      Not everybody. Just girls. And guys that dress like girls.

    • Vanquishgc

      Samsung and Moto are. Heck the Note 2 has a 3100 mAh battery in it. I’ve gotten 26 hours with 15% left before I went for the charger. That’s damn impressive if you ask me given the size of the display plus it being quad core. I’m not asking for thinner BTW. I feel like Moto started that stupid craze with the Razr, and it’s been downhill from there. I think for the manufacturers its more about weight. Big ass display plus normal thickness equals too much heft in their minds. Just a guess though. And a lot people that aren’t on forums do complain about weight.

      • Marsg

        Those same people also complained about the iPhone being too light and thin, can’t satisfy everyone lol

      • Ryan

        LG has better battery technology than anyone else around. The Lucid 2 on Verizon has 25 hour talk time and lasts my dad 2.5 days and with data off he gets a week with it. My G Pro gets me 2 days with average use. LG makes batteries for hybrid cars and the same technology in those cars are working their way into our phones. Battery technology needs to advance which hasnt happens in recent years.

  • JonathonFlores

    I’l pass on a lack luster Moto X for this for sure… of course if it came with dev support. This or a G Note 3? My Gnex is wearing thin and my upgrade next month can’t come soon enough.

    • Marsg

      Are you on sprint? I had a update coming up until Verizon pushed it back till next year, still rocking the Gnex, not having any problems with it but it’s gpu performance sucks. Terms of performance they will probably be about the same, all comes down to which type of screen you prefer Amoled or LCD, the size of the device and the s-pen on the Gnote3. Not sure about the battery in the G2 but the Note 3 will most definitely come equipped with a higher capacity

      • JonathonFlores

        No, I’m on Verizon. I got the Gnex when it first launched. I believe Vzw only pushed back updates if it was after a certain date. My gf just upgraded to Razr Maxx, last year sometime and her upgrade got pushed back. It was 18 months tp upgrade, now I believe it’s 24 months. I know there was an article on here about it. I’m leaning more towards the Note 3..never thought I’d buy into the Galaxy phones (minus the GNex of course) or a phone with that big of screen, but here I am.. attracted to it.

        • Marsg

          Yea i had my upgrade in the fall, got pushed back to next April, was going to go for a Note 3 but now i guess ill get a Galaxy S5 if it happens to be any good. Im mostly attracted to the S-pen, its awesome for sketching.

  • Marco Mendoza

    hopefluly its the nest nexus

  • Joseph Barrientos

    not really a fan of the volume rocker. seems very inconvenient however i think this device is mad sexy and kinda sad i just bought my htc one, i guess we’ll see!

    • matt

      yea i have to agree. Be much harder to say snap shot or use the volume/lock buttons for anything else with them back there. Then again I guess that is pure speculation and I’d have to use the phone to tell for sure!

  • tyguy829

    Love the transparent nav bar. Why can’t they just use the stock icons though? The recents one is especially awful because it looks like the stock “Clear all” icon in the notification bar.

  • Jeff Helget

    Any actual numbers on this “ultra thinness”? From what I’m seeing, I’m not particularly blown away by svelteness

  • Muddy B00ts

    That bezel is unhabeebably thin. Want.

  • Dan

    I like that the speakers are not on the front or back… not a huge fan of the volume rocker.

  • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

    We heard a few months ago from a source who claimed it was going to all major carriers, but I’ll believe that when I see it.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      One LG device to ALL? > . . . . I dunnno I’ll have to see that to believe it

      • ANON

        It will happen. This is the beginning of a new LG.

        • hkklife

          I just want a G Pro on VZW!!

        • Marsg

          That’s what they said about HTC and we all know how tthat went just ask Verizon customers how they like their new HTC One

    • Mikey Styles

      I’ve heard the same on many diff forums over the net but I’m with you on this Kellex & rather error on the side of caution. If it does happen it’ll be released 2wks to a month after everyone else. Pretty standard for VZW

      • tomn1ce

        You’re been too generous with a month late. More like 2+ months later on vzw

        • Mikey Styles

          I was being generous lol, the point is “IF” it comes to VZW. How funny they are the Snobbiest of carriers imho. Cue on the Parris Hilton commercials “Oooh That’s Hot!” hahaha wouldn’t surprise me in the least

    • Marsg

      Not going to happen, not enough room on the front for a Verizon logo, if it does maybe they will slap it on top of the back power button or on the volume rocker.