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LG G3 Rear-facing Keys Shown Off in Leaked Photo

With official word from LG confirming that we can expect to see the G3 launch in Q2 of this year, it’s about time that the leaks start piling up. Thanks to @evleaks, we are getting another look at the backside of the G3, this one being more of a macro shot of its rear-facing buttons. 

As a community, we somewhat assumed that LG would stick to its rear-facing key design, given that the previously seen isai FL was reportedly a design starting point for the G3. If that does in fact pan out, and the G3 features a bezel-less type display and body, we know quite a few among our readers who might be waiting in line for this new flagship.

From what we see in this picture, it appears that the keys (volume up and down) are a bit more flush with the backside of the body, while the power button stands on its own and looks to be made of metal. The device will feature dual-flash, and it appears that the phone’s IR blaster will also be along the backside. The camera is pictured as well, showing off a very metallic frame.

If anything else for the G3 pops up, we will be sure to post it.


Via: @evleaks
  • Alex

    Will this phone come with a charger?

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  • Jon Rojas

    I can’t wait for this. There was a leak earlier today that the phone will be released this month. I already returned my S5 because my G2 is vastly superior to it. I can only imagine how much better the G3 will be. ARGH I WANT IT NOW!!!

    • zurginator

      This month would be impressive, considering it’s currently the last day of the month.

  • MacNificent

    You can downvote or hate all you want but I actually prefer the look to the Verizon version to the other carrier’s variant. And obviously LG does as well. That’s why the look of the G3 back looks more similar to that of the Verizon variant and nothing like the other G2s.

    • Timothy Robinson

      I never understood the backlash regarding the Verizon changes. I personally really like the metal buttons and the NFC inclusion was the reason I went with the Verizon variant over AT&T. I know they Verizon buttons are a bit more difficult to discern at first, but it took me only about a month or so to get used to them. No down vote from me, I’m with you.

    • joejoe5709

      It’s nicer looking I think. I like the brushed aluminum look. But they’re so darned skinny. It’s just annoying to need a specific case and such. Wireless charging is amazing.

  • Garrett Sechelski

    Currently the proud owner of a Moto X (w/wooden back), but the G3 will definitely be in the running for my money when I get new phone fever, right alongside whatever Moto follows the X with.

  • Synacks

    It’s a phablet if it’s bigger than the GS5.

  • Derrick Jefferson

    I love my G2, but I’m actually excited for a bigger QHD screen. I wonder if the battery will be removable. I would also like to see a download booster and an ultra battery saving mode… Stolen straight from Samsung.

  • Brad Miller

    I wonder if that power button doubles as a fingerprint reader?

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    I moved from the LG G2 to the HTC One M8 and I actually miss the back buttons.

    • BAM1789

      ^This.. I hate the power button on the M8.. Most inconvenient button ever.

      • Rob Schoenfeld

        The motion gestures pretty much make up for it..

  • Sean Elliott

    This is just a stupid hypothetical because I’m bored from studying, but what if all these new versions of companies recent flagships (the M8 Ace, GS5 Prime, and this somewhat fancier looking and much earlier released G3) are all the “Silver” variations for these OEMs. That’d be something

  • droidify

    Damn G3 twice in one day. That’s crazy, it’s not even made by Moto 😛

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Once. The other leak happened over the weekend.

      • droidify

        Actually….it was 4 posts back. All made on 4/29. I was speaking of DL’s coverage not when the actual leaks took place in the world.

  • NorCalGuy

    Is this the G3 “silver edition”

  • joejoe5709

    Wow… IR Blaster on the back actually makes A LOT of sense. I hate laying my phone flat and trying to reach the buttons. Why wasn’t this done from the get-go? You know what would be fun? Make the camera capable of seeing infared light and use the IR blaster as a “flash”.

    These rear keys look really nice and symmetrical. I love it. Very upscale. Verizon is guaranteed to changed it though. I hope LG grew some nuts and said no this time.

    • Ray

      I thing it’s a great idea to put the ir on the back also.

    • TSY87

      they also need to put speakers on the front… I know it would kill the whole tiny bezel idea… but if they really want to emphasize usability, I totally agree about the ir blaster being weird to use from the top of a phone, they should figure out a way to have speakers up front.

      • Scott Webber

        tiny bezels are more important than speakers to many of us.

        • TSY87

          I’m sure they can reach a happy medium. I personally like *SOME* bezel so you can hold your phone without blocking the screen, but to each their own. plus, its not like the top and bottom of the G2 is bezel free…

      • joejoe5709

        I’m very jealous of BoomSound, but small bezels (especially if it really is 5.5″) is really important to me. If they could find a way to utilize the “regular” phone speaker into a speaker for multimedia and pair it with a speaker on the bottom as it currently is, I think that would be a good compromise without losing those gorgeous bezels. Sure, it wouldn’t be as loud or as deep as BoomSound, but it would be improvement and certainly louder than the current small speaker.

    • Gato Mafioso

      Seeing as how the G2 really went well for LG hopefully they have more leverage this time around with Verizon. I hate how limited the selection of cases is with the VZW variant.

    • BK

      IR blaster on back > pulse reader on back. sorry, GS5

      • joejoe5709

        Definitely. This will be a useful feature people will actually use.

      • Adam Elghor

        Plus they have apps that do the same thing through the camera…

    • zurginator

      All cameras see infrared – it’s not used for flash because it’s colorless light. Anything hit by the flash would be black and white, unless there was a stronger light source elsewhere.

      • joejoe5709

        I’m not sure what you’re talking about. My smartphone camera sensor uses the visible light spectrum just like my eyes do. Are you saying our smartphone is capable of detecting infrared light and converting it to a visible counterpart? I’m thinking night vision “Predator-vision” infared camera. And the IR Blaster could be fun with a camera capable of that.

        • zurginator

          All cameras see infrared light as black and white. It’s how the night vision cameras work, or how those shows film animals at night without disturbing them. IR exists outside the color range though, hence appearing black and white.

  • joe23521

    Stop teasing me…Announce it already!

  • Guest

    Am I the only one who thinks the way companies are slapping new models out is ridiculous? Is the G2 even a year old yet?

    • joejoe5709

      It is a bit soon especially since the G2 is still competitive. But I suspect they want to align their release closer to HTC and Samsung’s typical releases.

    • Jason Downing

      Be that as it may, but if a company isn’t making money, it’s losing money. OEM’s aren’t just doing this with phones. It’s every type of electronic device. TV’s, computers, radios.. you name it.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Companies release a new phones every year. . . LG is the only one releasing ahead of time, about 9months… but LG is unique because they specifically try to keep pace with Samsung.

      • joe23521

        Does that mean we should expect a G3 Prime in July?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Lol as funny as it sounds. I won’t be surprised ONE BIT.

        • calculatorwatch

          I hope we get a 5.8″ 8k display!

          But it’s still not a phablet, you know because the bezels are so small…

      • Guest

        Motorola learned from over producing phones, (Bionic, RAZR, RAZR HD series). It seems like when a companies release phones like this they delay updating their other models and only pay attention to the latest. As far as I know the Moto X is still making good sales despite being a year old, granted not a much as Samsung or LG. Qauilty over quantity.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Quality over Quantity doesn’t apply to selling less phones and not making a profit.

        • epps720

          I could be wrong but I believe the Moto X didn’t sell well at all (the Moto G did pretty well) and that was why they kept on slashing the off-contract price last year.

    • rals

      you picked the wrong platform to make that complaint.

    • I’m Lieing

      I know it is like progress should be annual and on a small, incremental basis. Also you should put a fruit on the back.

      What is the point of releasing better hardware and software quickly? I mean come on, our feeble little sheep brains can’t handle more than 1 phone release a year.

      • dave

        WTF? Why aren’t you using your real account? (Stuckonverizonforever) ( The Narrator)

        • rawr

          I am not The Narrator and am quite offended you would confuse me with him.

          He is just awful.

          • dave

            Gotcha. And I agree with you on that!

          • The Narrator

            I take offense to that statement. Everyone loves it when I had obvious comments and plead for upvotes by posting unnecessary gifs.

    • paul

      I say keep them coming. Of course if they go back to 1 year or less worth of updates then don’t keep them coming.

    • Nope, but how does the G3 coming out make your less-than-1-year-old-G2 any worse?

    • Sharkh20

      If the G2 was the only phone in existence, it would make sense not to release one so often. But there are other phones coming out with upgraded specs and there is always someone looking for an upgrade of their current phone. As a company you need something out there competing at all times.

  • Shawn Spring

    As a current Verizon G2 owner, I think I can say that I’m giving this phone (if it indeed comes Big Red) very strong consideration.

    • Maxim∑

      For an additional GB of RAM you don’t need and to replaces the obsolete snapdragon 800??

      • Shawn Spring

        Well…that and I’m interested to see the QHD 5.5″ display as well as the design improvements from a hardware standpoint. The other ish is just a bonus. I had a dummy line and an available upgrade…which I have to use before the wife finds out about it anyway.

        • Maxim∑

          Oh ok, that makes more sense. Looking forward to a design change also even though it’s not bad right now but could be better

          • Shawn Spring

            Agreed. The back design of the isai FL phone (if the G3 is truly based off it) is really (IMO) a much needed improvement on the G2’s polycarbonate backing – the single least favorite feature of my trusty G2.

      • SeanPlunk

        It has a bigger, higher resolution screen, more RAM, an updated processor and camera. It looks like a pretty solid upgrade to an already great phone. Why not?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Sure, it looks like that now…. but by the time it passes by the carriers they’ll all want it to look different like it does now on each carrier.

    Like the At&t version above….and the Verizon version below. Either way I think rear buttons are a good idea, when I used the phone it felt pretty natural.


    • EC8CH

      I thought the G2 looked pretty good at LG’s press event, but then I saw what VZW did to that poor phone.

    • Cael

      Wasn’t the excuse for Verizon’s backside change because they added wireless charging to it?

      • burkett375

        Yes, and completely worth it. I use wireless charging 10x more than the back buttons. And that’s saying a lot since I only have to charge the thing every two days!

    • Detonation

      Verizon was the only one to change it due to the added wireless charging. AT&T and all other carriers were the same (other than bloat). Carriers logos are inevitable and while everyone here hates that, the vast majority of people couldn’t care less.

  • Mark Aaron Collado