Leaked image of LG G3 rear gives us a look at redesigned back-mounted buttons

April 28, 2014
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Now that the HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 have all been unveiled, the next major flagship to touch down will likely be the LG G3. Although we don’t know exactly when LG will take the wraps off the device, rumors and leaks related to the handset have certainly intensified as of late.

So far this month we’ve not only seen a UA profile giving us a first look at the handset’s specs, we’ve also seen a look at the device’s retail packaging and even had a peak at the G3’s alleged software redesign. Now we finally get our first glance at the back of the phone, which seems to confirm that the G3 will continue the LG G2’s tradition of placing buttons on the rear.

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Although there are still buttons on the back, the layout has been slightly redesigned with a flatter look with aluminum accents. You’ll also notice that to the left of the camera is a black oval shape. While we aren’t completely sure what this could be, our best guess is some sort of sensor, perhaps a rear facing IR blaster?

Bottom-line, LG isn’t giving up on its rear-button arrangement anytime soon. This means we can expect ultra-thin bezels for the LG G3 in sacrifice of side buttons, perhaps in similar vein to the LG Isai. Of course, not everyone considers the addition of rear buttons to be a sacrifice, and many LG G2 owners have come to prefer it.

What’s your take, like the idea of rear buttons with ultra-thin bezels or do you prefer to have buttons on the side?

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