Spotted: LG Optimus G2 or Nexus 5? Or something entirely different?

by: Chris SmithMay 5, 2013

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An image showing an unannounced LG device has hit the web, with speculation suggesting we could be looking at an early version of LG’s upcoming Optimus G2 flagship, or even at the next-gen Nexus 5.

Before we dive into it, we’ll tell you from the start that this image is yet to be confirmed, and we can only guess on the kind of the device it shows. So take it with the appropriate amount of salt, like you would do with any other leaked image or new rumor.

The following picture has been provided by renown leakster @evleaks, who has offered various similar images in the past, most of them rather accurate. After posting some images allegedly showing the AT&T version of the Google X Phone, the same person posted this picture on Facebook, without revealing more details about the device:


Based on recent rumors and reports on upcoming LG devices, the most likely LG candidates for this handset are the Optimus G2 or the Nexus 5.

A few days ago, an unknown device has been spotted with the Bluetooth SIG, and variations of it have been discovered in purported AnTuTu benchmark results. At the time, it was suggested that we were looking at the first Optimus G2 traces, and that some versions of the handset would pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and we even wondered whether an Optimus G2-like Nexus 5 isn’t also in the works. After all, since the Optimus G and Nexus 4 are almost twin brothers, why shouldn’t LG and Google continue the partnership this year and launch two similar Optimus G2 and Nexus 5, respectively?

A different Korea-based story said earlier this week that Google and LG could be partnering up on various upcoming devices, including a new Nexus handset – supposedly the Nexus 5. Furthermore, LG has been named as the potential maker for the next Nexus smartphone since the beginning of the year, but we never moved past the rumor phase.

From a different point of view, considering that LG’s most recent flagship device (the LG Optimus G Pro) has been just announced in the U.S., the device in the picture above is likely a future handset, one that we shouldn’t expect to hit stores that soon. We would expect the Optimus G2 and/or the Nexus 5 (no matter who makes it) – or any other flagship LG device – to hit stores in the fourth quarter of the year.

Is it the Optimus G2? Is it the Nexus 5? Is it something entirely different? It’s too early to tell, but there certainly are some interesting details to mention, assuming that we’re looking at an actual LG device here.


First off, this unconfirmed LG handset comes without any hardware buttons on the front, features a small bezel and a prominent LG logo on the front, in a place you wouldn’t expect it to see especially on a future Nexus 5 handset. The volume keys can’t be spotted either, although you would expect to see them either on the left or right side of the handset.

We’re also looking at a different speaker grill, a different sensor placement and what looks like a taller screen. The Droid Guy has done some measuring based on that USB charging cord and estimated that we’re looking at a device that measures 5 x 2.5 inches with a 5.5-inch viewable area.

Would the Optimus G2 sport a screen as big as the current Optimus G Pro? While it would make some sense to see the Nexus 5 sport a 5-inch display – because that would make the fifth-generation Nexus also pack a 5-inch screen, which happens to be a popular size for 2013 flagship Android smartphones – would Google go beyond 5 inches? After all, just recently, we’ve learned that Motorola’s upcoming handsets would be “just right” when it comes to size, so it would be certainly interesting to see a bigger Nexus come out.


Image Credit: The Droid Guy

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  • Arsenal™

    oO O.o O>O

    looks really sleek!

  • Ivan Myring

    Sexy. I would guess that this is the G2, and they will just remove the Lg logo from the front to make the nexus 5.
    I would also bet that the chip set is either the Snapdragon 800 or LGs new self manufactured chip with a clock of 1.9-2.3 GHz (most likely 1.9 or 2.0ghz) and 2-4 GB RAM

  • Hiwa Habibi

    Google would not allow LG to put its mark on the front of the phone. It can’t be a Nexus.

    • Thats what i thought

    • BD1971

      It’s not ready to be shipped so of it is a Nexus it won’t have the logo on it when it’s ready to go. Looks more like a Nexus than an Optimus to me.

      • Bazzaq

        Nope, it’s an optimus G2. Remember, LG said they were releasing their own siri-type device which would predict it’s surroundings and has the same eye scroll software as the S4 but takes it to the next level, plus the snapdragon 800 chipset. Don’t think this is a nexus, clearly an optimus g2, whatever version of android it is though remains a mystery. Or it could be a nexus 4 refresh to be announced at I/O 2O13 but the logo isn’t nexus.

  • uu

    If this was a samsung product, many wud say cheap plastic, ugly, d same..

    This leaked device looks beautiful like d gs4 bcoz of small bezels. Ir actually looks like d optimus g pro. And this device looks morelike a galaxy s3s bcoz of d non-flat surface esp in d edges..
    S4 is more proportionate and prettier than this.

    • I agree. You know, the trending here is hate Samsung.

      • David Brymer

        samsung are dirt who pay people to slag of other BETTER phones, htc one wipes the floor with it. and 9 outa 10 websites even say so haha, the s4 is one of the ugliest phones ever. SO U 2 CLOWNS GO GET A GRIP. ps…………cheap plastic shit hahaha

        • Ivan Myring

          Yes. The HTC one is even the top phone on many sites.

        • Cole Raney

          The HTC One certainly does not sweep the floor with the S4. To be honest, it is close, but I think Samsung wins for sd card slot, removable battery, and they are better about updating the OS. These are the most important features for ke and HTC doesn’t offer 2 of the 3.

        • uu

          ur d clown,, Phonearena, CNet GSMarena and other sites said GS4 is superior than HTC One..

          The Verge-8.3 HTC One
          but thats Unprofessional,, gs4 got 5 in design while gs3 got 8, the other 9 factors in the rating are in favor of gs4, some are tied so the only thing that htc one rose above gs4 is d design :) but as ive said, the design is so unprofessionally rated at 5/10


        They’re the apple of android

    • Ivan Myring

      I prefer this to the s4 but i think both look nice. Hated the s3 thorough.

  • kascollet

    Looks like a 16/9 screen ratio. Say good bye to the wide web pages the Nexus4 could display and hi to black bars-less videos.

  • Erm

    Am I the only one who thinks that this design is no way beautiful?… I mean as a possible nexus. It’s quite a typical LG form factor just a bit more rounded, but the nexus 4 is a lot more prettier to me at least.. Don’t know if Google would approove such a design

    • I suppose you also think the HTC One is a good looking phone?

  • I think it looks nice, very nice. Would like to see a side view.

  • Souske

    “While it would make some sense to see the Nexus 5 sport a 5-inch display”
    Think you meant to say the optimus G2 instead of nexus 5

  • Filip Justin

    “who has offered various similar images in the past, most of them rather accurate.” – After the mess they’ve made with the Galaxy S4 I wouldn’t trust these guys at evleaks even if they posted the photos with the CEO of LG holding the phone.

  • Guest

    What happened to the Back glass ? LG Optimus G is the most prettiest device last year. Then they go back to Plastic again ? Why are they copying Samsung’s design ? I’m Disappointed.

  • newsjunkieintl

    On the Nexus 1 (HTC), Nexus 2 (Samsung), Nexus 3 (Samsung) and Nexus 4 (LG), the manufacturer logo is NOT on the front since it is a Google phone manufactured under contract. Therefore this is NOT the Nexus 5. :)

    • newsjunkieintl

      except if just early prototype… The LG logo will be removed.

      And Nexus always comes out around November of each year, unless Google has drastically changed their schedule.

  • Another tablet phone. Not interested. :/