February 19, 2016
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Update: Blass has since tweeted a more polished leaked image of the LG G5, included below.

LG was planning on giving the world its first look at the G5 in Barcelona this Sunday just ahead of the Mobile World Conference, but peeks of the device have been cropping up all over the place. However, a leak on Twitter by VentureBeat’s Evan Blass has given us what may be our best look so far at the front and back of this flagship smartphone outside of a case.

Although Blass has since deleted his tweet after being bombarded by negative comments (a “blood bath,” he called it), we managed to snag the image before it vanished. The shots reinforce what we’ve already seen so far: volume buttons mounted on the left, an unobtrusive fingerprint sensor on the back. Since we haven’t been able to locate a power button so far in any of these leaks, there’s heavy speculation that the fingerprint sensor will be pulling double duty, serving as the device’s power button as well.

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It’s really best to reserve full judgement until we see the LG G5 formally unveiled on the 21st. The nature of leaks is that they’re often not the most aesthetically pleasing shots, and they can give a bad first impression of the device. Blass put it well in his explanation for taking the leaked photo off of Twitter:

Seems like quite a lot of people feel entitled to look at a picture on Twitter, make a disparaging remark, and move on. I hope you understand that this sort of activity is exactly what makes companies hate leaks: people judging the products on sometimes unflattering shots before they’ve had a chance to put their best foot forward. Perhaps more germane to you specifically, this sort of widespread criticism-for-sport discourages me from doing this, because I really don’t care for all the negativity.

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Stay tuned for the official release of the G5 this Sunday. Our team is currently on their way to Barcelona to provide on-the-ground coverage of MWC all week, so when you want to tap into all the sweet mobile tech we’ll be seeing this year, check back in with AA.

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