Leaked LG device does away with screen bezel and buttons, could be the Optimus G2

Daniel Bader

May 5, 2013 2:23pm

There’s another leaked photo in town, and this one comes courtesy of LG. EVleaks seems to be under the impression this is the next-generation LG Optimus device which, based on some calculations from around the web, has a 5.5-inch display.

It’s not certain whether, like the rumours are intimating, that this device (if it is in fact the G2) has no capacitive buttons or that, even less likely, the buttons are on the back, but it is unique-looking. That lack of a bezel combined with a very interesting looking earpiece lends it a sense of the futuristic.

The Optimus G2 isn’t expected to be unveiled until the fall at the earliest, so this would suggest either a prototype or some other model altogether. And because it’s larger than 5-inches, at least based on the calculations of a few observant readers, it doesn’t jibe with what we’ve heard about the next-gen Optimus G model. It’s also unlikely to be the next-gen Nexus, since it has an LG logo on the front.

It would appear that compactness is really the only thing ensuring the continuity of last year’s trend towards bigger phones. Users have a general size limit in their heads, based on hand size, portability and functionality; we are already reaching those soft borders. But, like the Galaxy S4, it appears that LG is attempting to maximize the screen space by removing as much bezel around the LCD as possible. The “bezel-less” phone is probably still a couple years away, but it’s impressive to see what these manufacturers are able to accomplish today.

Now, this phone could certainly be a fake — we’ve seen such miscalculations before — but based on the track record of the source we’d be inclined to take it at face value. And, judging from the face, this could be LG’s new design language.

Considering we haven’t heard a peep from LG about availability of the Optimus G Pro in Canada, the Optimus G2 could be the company’s next big gambit. We’ll update you when we know more.

Source: EVLeaks (Facebook)
Via: Twitter, Engadget

  • Super_Deluxe

    Hopefully this is the nexus 5. Large screen with minimal bezels will appeal more people

    • icyhotonmynuts

      Hopefully LG won’t be making the next Nexus

    • Ugslick

      The Nexus 5, if made by LG (most likely Id say) then it will be based off the Optimus G2 (which could very well be this leaked image), just like the Nexus 4 was based off the original Optimus G.

    • Ugslick

      LG is making the Optimus G2 before the Nexus 5. The N5 is almost certainly based off the Optimus G2 (NOT the Optimus G Pro)

    • EvanKrosney

      Yes, and it will probably be based off of it spec wise. But the design is still up in the air. After all, the N4 looks nothing like the current Optimus G.

    • Ugslick

      They are similar enough. They have the same design language, Google just likes its curved design for the Nexus handsets.

    • Bobsuruncle

      hurrrr less bezels durrrr

      enjoy covering the screen with your fingers

  • deltatux

    As long as there’s a bezel big enough for my thumb while holding my phone with one hand while watching videos (like the Nexus 4), I’ll be happy.

  • Timmy Bill

    No buttons? Very original.

  • Stephen

    yawn LG. It’ll break 50% of the time just like the LG Optimus crap and Nexus with its garbage battery driver

    • Bobsuruncle

      You mean the crapsung s3. There fixed that for you.

    • Bobsuruncle

      I’m in g*y love with Stephen! XD

  • Gsizzle

    Looks pretty good. But looking forward to the Motorola (Google) X phone atm.

  • Yuvin

    The Nexus 5 is probably a modified version of this phone! Yay!

  • disqus_kCPMN1BEYg

    Bazel and screen size are not important if LG keeps using same outdated software and neglecting Android updates

  • David

    So samsung releases a phone with a 5 inch screen and suddenly, everyone’s doing it. We’re not ALL born with basketball player hands you know!

    • theeye30

      uhm.. no. this year, Sony was the one to first sell a 5inch flagship phone, not Samsung. And according to evleaks, it’s 4.7. It’s too early to speculate about the screen size.

    • David

      You may be right about the fact that it’s just rumors, but i wasn’t necessarily talking about 2013. The first Galaxy Note was released in early 2012 and was STILL considered a phone. and the S3 almost had 5 inches anyway and then there was the Galaxy Note II. All that before 2013.

    • theeye30

      I do agree that these oems should stop making bigger phones for the sake of having something bigger is better, and should stay from 4-4.75 inch phones. Though, the first galaxy note was 5.29 inch, and the note 2 was around 5.5 inch. These were phablets, another category for other consumer. If this LG phone can minimize the bezel and and still can be held by an average hand size people like me, using one hand, then it’s okay. I do fear the size trend we are going.

  • IceCreamGuy

    HTC’s gonna sue!