Images: LG G2 coming with volume buttons on the back – the leaks were accurate

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 26, 2013

LG g2 leak slide

Rumors that LG is going to try something different and unique with the successor to the Optimus G have been swirling from the beginning of the year. The first time we’ve heard that LG was going to make a device so thin that volume rockers wouldn’t fit on the sides, we were skeptical. But then another report came out last week, saying essentially the same thing. And today, we have some visual proof, courtesy of @evleaks.

As you can see in the pics below, LG is preparing a super slim device, with an edge-to-edge display and volume buttons positioned on the back, near the camera. And, the device is indeed going to be called G2, without the Optimus brand. All the recent leaks were spot on.

LG g2 leak slide 2

Let’s analyze the images in more detail. The first slide shows us that LG gave up on the capacitive keys present on the Optimus G, opting instead for onscreen keys, like those on Nexus devices. The bezel of the display seems very narrow, and the device appears to be very thin. However, from the next image, we can tell that the G2 will likely have tapered edges, similar to the curved profile of the HTC One.

On to the intriguing part – the two volume buttons are located just under the camera module, with what appears to be a notification light ring acting as a separator. Some say that the ring is actually a fingerprint scanner, and it’s even possible that the feature is both a scanner and a notification light. At first blush, the buttons on the back may seem an unwieldy setup, but come to think of it, they might actually be more accessible there.

We know that the LG G2 will come with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera. In fact, aside of the capacity of the battery, we know almost every important detail about the LG G2. August 7 can’t come soon enough.

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  • koko

    nice and unique design i want this

    • sigly

      I’m sure Apple will follow this style on next iPhone, and tout it’s their innovation!

      • Farbod

        When has apple ever done this? I want to know please.

        • nishantsirohi123

          every single time since iphone 4s

          • Farbod

            When has apple changed the volume rockers or bezel size?

          • nishantsirohi123

            what i meant was Apple lauched the same device since iphone 4
            the fellow before me has edited his response

  • KolesG

    At first sight I thought this is a S4…absolutely unique, yupp…

  • George

    Volume buttons on the side have been comfortable for years!
    If LG is looking for innovations, they should change other things instead of the volume rockers.

    • wonshikee

      The whole point is a bigger front screen… with a smaller bezel they probably can’t fit a volume rocker on the side where the screen is.

      • nishantsirohi123

        yes. best comment here

  • MasterMuffin

    Nice, but again they could just make a thicker device with bigger battery. I still like this!

  • OMGgary

    “The first slide shows us that LG gave up on the capacitive keys present on the Optimus G, opting instead for onscreen keys, like those on Nexus devices.”

    Are you sure about this Bogdan? I assume you are referring to the picture where the phone is casting the shadow of a person. In that picture it looks to me as if there is a physical home button on the bottom bezel, similar to the button on Galaxy S3/S4 etc. and some of LG’s Optimus line, the G-Pro for example.

    • Ian Dimare

      It’s LG’s logo, not Home button..

      • Paul Taylor

        It would be nice if it was both!

      • OMGgary

        Ah, you’re right. I see it now when I zoom in the image on my pc.
        Well I am happy to be wrong on this. I dislike physical buttons.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Buttons make more sense after seeing this, but all those fingerprints on the camera lens from errant pushes…

  • AndroidShiz

    Putting the finger on the back of my Nexus I can see how this would be a natural feel for the volume. I’m thinking the home button will be in the center bottom with notifications that glow around it’s circumference.

  • yeah

    Finally some unique designs and innovations. Let’s get MORE variety! And how about detachable covers with built in keyboards? That is way overdue! The beauty of Android is that we can do anything we want to with the hardware (I mean oems can) so let’s get a little nutty. Personally, I want a phone made out of wood!

    • Jillxz

      If you want a keyboard then use Blackberry

  • xtriker360

    Finally something new, no more of the same s2, s3, s4 crap, sorry samsung you really disappointed me.

    • Brian Dong Min Kim

      S1/S2= Tier 1
      S3/S4= Tier 2
      S5= Tier 3 <———– mindblow us like they did with the S3.

  • nishantsirohi123

    If that’s a xenon flash between the two buttons, i am taken
    if it is a fingerprint scanner then it has been done in Motorola Atrix 4G(the tegra2 device that never went beyond gingerbread officially)
    whatever that is happening

    it is a new idea, and a bold decision

    • Anatole Guyot-Reeb

      I think this is the notification ring in the middle of the 2 buttons but that’s a wild guess :)

    • Anatole Guyot-Reeb

      I think this is the notification ring in the middle of the 2 buttons but that’s a wild guess :)

  • 26

    Simply innovative! Daebak!
    I wonder how apple will move their volume button after seeing this.