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If there's one thing that never goes out of style in the Android community, it's rumors. Oh, and leaks. Around Google I/O and "Nexus season," leaks and rumors abound. Some Nexus-related, some … not. Today, one of tech's most prolific leaksters, evleaks, let loose an image of an unspecified LG handset. Posting to Facebook, evleaks asked "G2? Just a guess…" as speculations began whirling.

The device, which has an undeniably sparse front side (of which the most interesting aspect is the speaker grill), bears all the normal sensors, no hardware keys or buttons, a huge screen, small bezels, and a sheet of glass that appears to feature a comfortable (yet subtle) curve on all sides.

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Normally, when a device is leaked and folks start jumping on the "this is totally probably a Nexus" train, we would assess the validity of the image itself before addressing the actual device. This image, though, appears to be a real photo of a real object. What's left up to debate is what device it represents. Could it be the (Optimus) G 2? Possibly, but it could just as easily be any yet-unannounced LG phone. Is it likely to be the fabled Nexus 5? Probably not, unless the next Nexus will come with LG front branding.

In the end, we don't have any idea what this device will end up being called, or even when it will be available, only that it exists, and that we probably aren't likely to hear any more about it in the next couple of weeks.

Source: evleaks (Facebook, Twitter)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • HellG

    I don't know how to describe my feeling about that design, all i can say is that it's just way too....bubbly!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Honestly, that was my first thought too. Primarily because the glass looks like a bubble, like if you drop water onto the face of a penny. Like the glass is held in place by surface tension alone.

      • Tim Gueusquin

        We shall name it the LG Bubble "Life's Good in our Bubble"

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          I was hoping for a new trademark on SurfaceTension Display.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    screams S3!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Screams Nexus 4 to me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

        What i mean, is the "bubble style glass. On the S3 the screen curves outwards ever so slightly from the middle, and is evident on the top of the phone. I'm comparing my S3 top bezel to the top of this "leak" and they look very similar.

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      Curved glass was first used on Nexus 4

      • Teddy Reardon

        What about the galaxy Nexus?

        • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

          That's curved shape, not glass.

      • Theratchetnclank

        HTC Sensation was first i believe.

      • http://twitter.com/AMDPhenomX4 Jared Kaczynski

        No! It was first used on the Nexus S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericinvalpo Eric Leonard

    I dunno what it is, but I kinda want one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569417452 Tyler Watthanaphand

    G2? Can't be the only one..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Optimus G2.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I should have specified. I've updated the post.

    • GazaIan

      Actually... that's the G2X. The G2 is the HTC Desire Z.

  • Bojan Gutic

    Finally, another phone with on-screen buttons (hopefully)

    • Ivan Myring

      Yes! Another fan.
      I hope that at some point a major manufacturer decides to build pie in.

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      What's the benefit ? Larger bezel ? Losing more screen real estate ? ;(

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      Never seen the point of on screen buttons, they just waste screen real estate.

      • Bojan Gutic

        Makes the phone's front look WAY nicer and less cluttered, enables gestures (Google now, Pie, etc), they disappear when you don't need them,they rotate with the phone, etc.

  • Arvind Velusamy

    That logo placement...

  • Adnoxaei

    Why is the speaker grill so glossy? Is this a rendering or did LG start putting a coating over the speakers in addition to the perforrated grill?

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Is that top area a reflection or a chrome bit like the N4? I can't really tell.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      there's a pretty heavy reflection at the top, but it looks like there's some kind of band or edge around the outer perimeter of the device too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Windows Phone.

    Because blue screen of death.

  • Paul

    It's slick looking though. Look at that thin bezel, sexy! Almost all screen. The biggest turn off is the LG logo at the bottom

  • SetiroN

    That can't be a nexus. I understand it's not immediate to most but look at the proportions (camera, light sensor, usb connector), that screen is over 6 inches.

    • Ivan Myring

      Actually one sight worked it out, and it is 5 inches

      • Zach Mauch

        The estimates I've seen are 5.5. Can you link?

  • Freak4Dell

    It looks like what Samsung phones would look like if they didn't have physical buttons.

  • Danny Theriault

    Either A) This is an internal prototype of a Nexus 5 or B) LG is finally being a good OEM and (at least thinking about) embracing software buttons on it's own phones. Either way, it's great.

  • JonJJon

    If this was the Optimus G2 and LG use the same method as with the Nexus 4, then whatever is inside this could potentially be the innards of the Nexus 5 but the looks of the device will not be the same, as most of you know anyway :)

  • Slava Kremenetsky

    Good Lord, this earpiece is ugly.

  • needa

    umm. whats up with the comments?