The successor to the Optimus G will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip – that’s pretty much the only official info that we know about the upcoming device.
Unofficially, it’s a different story. We’ve heard that the media event that LG scheduled for August 7 will be dedicated to the Optimus G2 (which is more likely to be named simply the G2), and now Techtastic’s sources confirm it. According to the site, along with the G2, we’ll also see the mid-range Optimus L9 II (LG-D600) and the low-end LG-D500.
What’s more interesting are the details about the appearance of the G2. A set of allegedly leaked screenshots seem to suggest that the G2 will feature onscreen buttons, as per the recommendations of Google. In other words, the G2 will ditch the three capacitive keys setup found on the Optimus G.
Moreover, the tipster went on to say that the G2 will be “the best device the company has ever produced” and that it will feature “an impressive edge-to-edge display”.
To accommodate the slim and bezel-less design, LG has allegedly moved buttons to the back of the G2. While this may sounds a little crazy, it isn’t the first time we’ve been hearing about such an arrangement. In April, the Korean site ETNews issued a similar report that claimed LG would move the volume rockers next to the camera module, along with the power button.
LG has a history of pushing the limits of technical specifications, consistently using new technologies ahead of its competitors. If today’s report is accurate, LG is also positioning itself as a trendsetter in design. The Korean company is said to also have taken the lead in the development of flexible displays, due by the end of the year, though the G2 will feature a conventional panel with a glass panel.
It remains to be seen how users would react to a radical new button configuration, but LG deserves to be commended for trying to shake things up.