Update: New LG G2 shots and video confirm rear volume buttons and minimal bezel

Daniel Bader

July 9, 2013 7:41 pm

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It’s just under a month until LG unveils what will almost certainly be the sequel to its modestly-successfuly Optimus G, but this year’s version appears more than twice as ambitious.

The LG G2 — the company is expected to drop the “Optimus” moniker from its future versions — looks to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a 2.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB internal storage, and a glossy plastic build material that may we hope does not resemble the Galaxy S4.

One of the main design decisions that may come back to bite the company is placing the volume rocker on the device’s rear, right underneath the camera sensor. Whether this will end up causing a camera lens smudging epidemic remains to be seen, but I can’t see it being comfortable reaching for the controls on a regular basis.

Of the Android UI we can see very little, other than the fact that, like previous Optimus UIs, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Samsung’s TouchWIZ interface.
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Aside from these premature reservations, I am quite looking forward to the LG G2. Looks like the company has largely learned its lessons from the Optimus G, and if the camera is even a modest improvement we should have a hit on our hands.
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LG will announce the G2 at an event in New York on August 7th and we’ll be there to cover all the announcements!

Update: A video of the G2 has surfaced online. Looks authentic and reveals the back volume buttons.

Source: Engadget
Via: The Verge, YouTube

  • sicsicpuppy

    that seems so wrong ,Another LG design fail

  • Mohammad Chama

    Hmm, looks much similar to the galaxy s4 lol..

    • Spike

      of course it does, everything LG does looks like Samsung.. just look at their TVs lol

    • Aaron Graves

      That’s so weird. I have an LG tv and it doesn’t look like any Samsung TV.

    • Ali F.

      Yehhh it looks like it, it is rectangular with round corners and a button, all invented by Samsung!

  • Mohammed Faizan

    Maybe it’s just me but the back reminds me of the iPhone 3G/3Gs…obv not the camera placement but the way it looks in the 2nd picture kinda looks like the 3g/s

    • Mlads

      First thing I thought as well.

    • Theo

      Me too

  • Joseph Cacoilo

    Your fingers are wrapped around the phone a lot of the time anyways, so why not try putting them at the back? Might feel nice in the hand, can’t really say much about this until I hold one.

  • Mel Llanes

    i’m still waiting for my optimus g pro…

  • Darth Paton

    Why would they go from a premium glass back to a s***y glossy plastic? I could understand if it were polycarbonate (like the lumia 920), but why go for glossy plastic (unless they are desperately trying to copy the S4)

    • jb

      If its glass, people will complain about it shattering…if its plastic, people will complain it feels cheap… And metal will get complaints about denting…you can’t please everybody, so I guess its your turn to be disappointed by lg this year..

      FYI, polycarbonate doesn’t mean non-glossy plastic…the s3 is made from polycarbonate, and I’m willing to bet this phone is too..

    • Darth Paton

      I know I know, S4 is made of polycarbonate, but how else can I describe the major difference in quality between the lumia 920 and the S3/S4?

    • Deli

      Yeah, the Lumia feels like brick, I get exhausted from holding it up to read constantly. I prefer polycarbonate.

    • Darth Paton

      Nokia made a lighter version – the 925 – for you weaklings with 0 arm strength. Seriously, I’ve seen little girls holding this device no problem, it’s only 180 grams.

    • Mäuri Freitas

      people want removable batteries, that’s my only complaint with the optimus g

  • Chrome262

    oooo plastic

  • Sky Baun

    Why does everyone else say 3 GB of ram?

  • Kyouya

    I know people aren’t a fan of bezel, but is getting rid of it altogether a good thing? I can understand for dual monitors or TVs…but this is a smartphone.

    • Grant Jeffrey

      I find myself accidentally pressing the back button with my palm on my s3, and it doesn’t exactly have a tiny bezel.

    • jb

      The problem is not that the bezel is too small, the real issue is the phone is too wide…if your thumb didn’t have to reach as far to hit the button, the rest of your hand wouldn’t touch the screen..

      This is a problem for a lot of people, but nobody will be satisfied because they all want large screens, which means larger phones.

    • dyeyourcarpet

      Gesture based. Nova launcher lets you set command to your swipes. The reason I mention nova is because is doesn’t eat to much RAM. I try to run my OS as lean as possible currently running Raped APE on the Nexus LTE.i would like to use the feature on the back for Photo Shutter and/or zoom+/-.

    • jb

      That’s cool….but it doesn’t help the 10′s of millions of smartphone users who don’t know what any of that means

  • ChrisPollard77

    Those volume rocker placements are going to give people fits. I can see the use case for it, but I’m not sure it translates from idea to reality very well. Like the platypus. In the idea phase, it seems like it should have super powers … in reality, well, it’s a platypus.

  • ns.dev

    G2: Rear buttons are a stupid idea.
    iPhone 6s: OMG, Apple innovation, best idea ever!

  • Nathaniel James

    Well after the LG2x fiasco with LG, i promised myself never to purchase another product from them again. But i recently got a nexus 4 and i love it. Might be interested in this as well

  • Dylan D’Croix

    Looks amazing. Still iffy on the rear volume controls.

  • DMan

    Actually, just picked up my S4 to consciously see where my finger lies. though true my thumb when death gripping allows the side volume to be accessible, when held at the bottom more naturally (for me) my index finger would be almost ON those buttons making it somewhat logical to be there. I look forward to how this is implemented and see if it actually works of course, but I see merit here!

    • Grant Jeffrey

      You’d think the buttons would have to be easy to push in. When using buttons on the sides or top you are pushing against your other fingers on the other side. I don’t know how you could push this with out pinching the screen. I’m sure they thought of this though.

  • jhk

    rear volume control is just lol worthy
    and enough of these ‘galaxy-esque’ designs
    HTC One looks so much more gorgeous.

  • Grant Jeffrey

    It’ll be interesting to see how the more protective cases like otterboxes will fit.

  • rd0t

    LG makes decent devices but their UI is just ugly.

  • Manuel Orellana

    Love the screen, looks very clean very small bezel, not too sure about the volume buttons being on the back I guess one would have to use one to know if it makes sense.

  • dyeyourcarpet

    Fail! what about a cellphone covers or extended battery. Specs are Impressive but i need connectivity (micro HDMI Dedicated USB and expandable SD card Storage)

    • Ali F.

      Actually with a cell cover, you will never miss the volume button when you want to use them. I can see now that this is a great idea.

    • Theo

      They probably said the same thing when phones had the camera on the back