Mystery LG Phone

Evleaks offers first glimpse of buttonless LG phone with unique earpiece

Prolific leaker Evleaks has posted images of what could be a future LG handset. The device, pictured on Facebook, shows a spartan front face with only an LG logo down below. There's also a curved glass front and an unusual looking reflective earpiece. In today's post, the leaker offers a guess that this might be the rumored Optimus G2.

The mystery phone seems to share some design cues with the Nexus 4, but there's no suggestion at all that this is a Nexus device -- for one, LG's branding is very much front and center. But it could indicate a change of tack for LG, if it's to join the likes of Motorola and Sony with a push towards on-screen buttons. (It's a move that would undoubtedly please Android purists.)

For the moment that's about all we can surmise from an image showing a featureless phone with a blank screen. If you've got any theories of your own, be sure to shout out in the comments. The original image is linked below, as is a close-up of the bezel.

Phil weighing in here: The Optimus G Pro has nicely hidden buttons as well. I'm willing to bet there are a couple on either side of that LG Logo.

Source: Evleaks (Original, bezel close-up)

 
There are 40 comments

TheLuckyOne4 says:

Nexus 5 anyone?!!

GPWestjet says:

I agree, but this exact one is more than likely the Optimus G2, but like the Nexus 4 as based off Optimus G1, Nexus 5, should be based off the Optimus G2, it makes most sense, and allows for a cheaper device.

I agree. In fact, I would bet $100 it's the G2. Any takers?

If I can go in on your side of the bet and take half, that's cool, because I'm pretty sure this will be the Snapdragon 800 powered beast that's been rumored for the G2.

benurd says:

+1

dc9super80 says:

I like where this is going...

S_C_B says:

I like the look of this.

I don't like the effect of earpiece

XavierMatt says:

Ya its throwing me off also. Plus LG can't be trusted.

calvin35 says:

OK LG I'm paying attention now. Please tell me more.

DaydreamHero says:

This is what I want. No buttons. No bezel. No crap. Just phone.

chrisrotolo says:

S4 clone anyone?

aitt says:

GTFOHWTBS

MERCDROID says:

This. Haha, I couldn't come up with a better response to that dribble lol.

n0obpr0 says:

Lmao

Watch there be a home button on the right side of the LG logo and a back button on the left of it. Hybrid S4/One design cues ripoff.

tr-1 says:

Love it! I HATE the physical or capacitive buttons!
I bet this is gonna be the foundation for Nexus 5

360Mobiles says:

Ok LG, I'm listening...

Galaxy Note 3 time forget this Lg Optimus G2.

squiddy20 says:

1. We don't know for certain that this is the Optimus G2. Unlike yourself, the rest of the world isn't so gullible as to believe every single rumor as 100% fact.
2. As if you "know" what the specs of the Note 3 will be, and how it will "pimp slap" all other phones, when *no one* knows anything about the device. What a stupid fanboy.

angryGTS says:

Go fly a kite in a thunderstorm already.

klokateer123 says:

might i say, that this sounds like fun actually :D

jrb363 says:

The return of webOS?

alonhzn says:

if only....
RIP

mstrblueskys says:

This would have me paying attention!

RumoredNow says:

Hope springs eternal... :)

When the future was grey and occluded, I said LG is the type of company webOS needs. They have deep enough pockets to push webOS back into the marketplace with real support. They strive for quality and market share. They are hungry and innovate.

Then they purchased webOS... They said it was for TV. Cool enough. But why put a stock car on the go cart circuit?

Stealth move, FTW?

Maybe.

Nothing wrong with dreaming. :)

Gunnole says:

I wish.

Bobert_123 says:

I would imagine future "nexus" devices would be made by Motorola, so ya this thing has to be the G2

MERCDROID says:

No, the Nexus program is open to any and all Android device manufacturers; and it will continue to be so, at least for the next few years.

Future Motorola devices will use software that is "closer to stock" Android than all other OEMs. However, by no means, will these be Nexus handsets.

one80oneday says:

I like buttons

Jaredshoes says:

LOL What if they took htc's stupid idea this time. Oh man. it's probably on screen buttons though.

oesjmr says:

Oh no, I'm going to have an even HARDER time deciding what to upgrade to now!

QDOG8 says:

Turn it on its side. It's probably 4inches thick! Remember the Lucid 2?

RaiderWill says:

This is not the time to jump on a phone.. Black Friday is the time to make decisions.

If you zoom-in on the LG logo, you can easily see how this part was added and was not part of the original image.

Gearu says:

Stop supporting evleaks, the sooner everyone ignores those children the better.

XavierMatt says:

Children? Those "children" have more legitimate leaks than any of these sites so far.

Whyzor says:

Unless the bottom bezel is completely gone, any virtual button wastes screen space, not to mention uses high-resolution, high-cost components (LCD) to do what cheaper capacitive buttons can do. Android's inconsistent "dot" menu makes a mess on different devices too.

The point of the virtual buttons is that they promote a standard button arrangement among all devices. The navigation buttons for tablets have already completed this objective, yet manufacturers are still rather stubborn when it comes to phones, ie Galaxy S4 and HTC One. I hope that navigation buttons become the major input method by 2014, since I find them to be the most comfortable input method on Android from 4.0 and onwards. Sometimes, you just can't hang on to the past I guess.

zachavm says:

I'm calling it. This is a 5.5 inch Nexus 5. I say it gets announced next week at I/O and will be sold along side the N4.