14
May
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If you haven't seen the LG G3 by now, you've been living under a rock. LG's upcoming flagship has been leaked ten ways to Sunday, but we're finally seeing it in full-on press shot mode with the latest dump from Phone Arena. Unfortunately, these photos still don't show us what the G3's software is going to look like, though that does make it easier to hold out a modicum of hope that LG will back off with its UI modifications on this new device.

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The brushed metal look is in full effect here, but it's not clear if that's actually metal, or if LG is just pulling a Samsung and imitating premium materials using plastic. A switch to aluminum would certainly be a plus - I found the G2 to be one of the cheapest feeling phones LG's made in the last few years, so any improvement would be welcome on that end.

As expected, these photos basically confirm that the rear control buttons are making a return on the G3, what looks to be a dual LED flash, what looks to be a cutout for an IR blaster (maybe something else?), and a sleek front with very thin bezels. It's not an amazing looking phone aesthetically, but LG could certainly do worse here.

To check out the images in full detail, head over to the source link below.

Phone Arena

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Captain Spaulding
  • Ben

    If you ask me this thing is gorgeous and my G2 is already shaking knowing it's days are numbered with me.

    • Justin W

      I'm 90% sure I've found my next phone.

  • Carlos Reyes

    That is a sweet looking phone!

  • anon

    GPE or next nexus based on this would be awesome.

    • Android_Silver

      don't want to disappoint you, but I have to repeat this again and again:

      NEXUS WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE A PREMIUM/HI-END DEVICE AND IS NOT GOING TO BE "BASED" ON ANY HI-END ANDROID DEVICE.

      It's a pure Android, mid-range, mid-spec developer/enthusiast phone.
      ;)

      • Suman Gandham

        He also said GPE... which this could (should) be.

      • A.

        And you put base in..what? Maybe you forgot the Nexus history :

        Nexus One : the first device with 1gz processor. It was an high end device.
        Nexus S : Based on S1,a flagship device at that time.
        Galaxy Nexus : The first,or at least the first big name with 720p screen,same materials like the Samsung flagship. A could agree that the TI Omap was a little shaky for that time but..The same camera etc.
        Nexus 4 : S4 Pro,the latest chipset at that time,720p screen (the latest at that time) etc. Same camera as on Optimus G and the same specs as Samsung flagships.
        Nexus 5 : S800 the latest chipset,a good camera (not the best),good materials etc.

        So tell me how Nexus was a mid range device when the whole purpose of Nexus was to make an example of a smartphone for OEMS to follow?
        A can agree with you that with time (LG time) the purpose of the program have shifted to a great hardware and software at a great price.

        You repeat a mistake over and over again. But don't worry,many have discovered the Nexus program with Nexus 4 and many more have the impression that the digit in the Nexus smartphone name represent screen size :haha:

      • Jasper Guerrero

        one thing that G2 never had GPE, because N5 was based on it. so what's the point of having a GPE version of G2 if you can just get an N5.

  • TopXKiller

    If they can root and get hotspot, my G2 is getting donated to family

  • Badouken

    Finally! I know what I'm upgrading to in August! (unless Verizon magically gets the next Nexus phone) my Galaxy S3 is seriously showing it's age...

    • Andrew

      I concur... This really is sexy. Hopefully the UI doesn't just suck donkey dick.

      An unlockable bootloader would be a huge plus (I could ignore the UI in that case) aslo *fingers crossed* more than 16GB storage on board.

      Fuckin' Verizon

      • Badouken

        The supposedly leaked UI I've seen imo looks pretty decent / i could live with, and ya doubt the unlocked bootloader haha probably unlocked on everyone but Verizon... I havent bought a new phone in a long time from them.... Do they still pre-install like 5 Verizon apps you can't Uninstall unless you have root?

        • Nick

          It is certainly better than the G2's UI, but I wish they would make less traditional shaped icons and did not ruin the notification drawer. To me the way Cyanogenmod modified the notification drawer/ Quick Settings is the best implementation ATM.

  • Tozs

    This is just pure beauty.

  • Jephri

    Pretty sure I heard somewhere it is a taser, not an IR blaster.

    • BiggiePhat

      BGR?

  • Ben Said

    The G2 was priced so well in Europe, I have a bad feeling this won't :(

    Also, seeing all these sophisticated renders make me think how shit this phone would look if it still has that terrible LG OS on it. It would look so unprofessional after advertising with these classy shots.

    • Andrew

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2727537

      found some leaked UI, what do you think?
      Looks kinda kiddish, but I love the Flat Icons. Could just need a better background

      • nothingwrongwithit

        Looks fine to me. And if there's anything wrong with it, customize it, that's the entire point of being on Android with the freedom it gives you.

      • Ben Said

        Looks great! Huge improvement from the old versions.

      • Captain Spaulding

        My G2 homescreen with a G3 theme applied.

  • Jephri

    What is the black cutout opposite the flash?

    • laser

      Rumored to be a laser the camera will use to focus in low light

      • kentholio

        AF assist lamp possibly.

      • Jephri

        I stopped reading at laser

  • Muhamad Amru Eldan

    oh God i don't have money ~;~

    • broke

      Me neither, but that's never stopped me before. XD I'll get it somehow...

  • tears

    Sigh people need to stop crying about the UI. It wasn't even bad on the G2 in the first place. G2 owners will tell you it's one of the only phones they've had where it's perfectly viable to flash a debloated stock ROM and never touch it again. If you don't like how it looks, that's the entire point of being on Android with the freedom to customize everything. If you pass up this phone because you buy into this stupid rumor that there's anything wrong with LG's UI, it's your loss. Customize the UI however you want and stop whining.

    • Vinícius Philot

      Totally disagree. LG's UI is a trainwreck in my opinion. Looks like a recently graduated designer tried to be "cool" and sketched icons in 2 days.

    • athom07

      I think the problem is that the UI is ugly. I actually like the aesthetics of this phone though, but that UI is absolutely hideous. Even worse than Touchwiz.

    • NothingUnknown

      Sorry. That ui made touchwiz look good.

    • Maison Pulaski

      Samsung: "We challenge anyone to make a UI uglier than TouchWiz!"

      LG: "Challenge accepted. Achievement unlocked."

  • CyberPunk

    Mr. Ruddock! The source is "PhoneArena", not GSMArena.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Gah.

  • Vinícius Philot

    This absurd ammount of details on the back is really weird. Looks like a japanese live action monster tearing Tokyo apart. I'm sure someone would come up with a photo collage of this scenery.

  • impulse101

    By far the best looking phone ever made

    • tim242

      If different color bezels on the same phone equals best looking phone ever made, you have low standards

    • tim242

      If different color bezels on the same phone equals best looking phone ever made, you have low standards

      • Don Gray

        Dude we get it you don't like the bezels.

        • tim242

          If it were Samsung putting out the hodgepodge colored phones, you silly fanboys would be bashing it.

          • Don Gray

            I swear allegiance to no manufacturer. I've had HTC, Samsung, now a LG Nexus 5. My next might be this or the Z2. In no rush though.

    • JJ

      You, sir, are....well, quite mad :) It is a nice looking phone at best, and I think that's being somewhat generous. Now, the specs are a bit more compelling..

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I...actually...kinda love the gold.

    • Suman Gandham

      Are you a Dutch rollerskate enthusiast from the seventies...?

      • Chippah

        NO! Oriental Resturant decorator or sumphin. tsss tsss.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

        Why yes, yes I am. How'd you know?

  • Aooga

    Wow this looks good. Hopefully this is available before the summer on tmobile and other us carriers.

  • asianrage

    Dat (lack of) bezel.

    I'm almost afraid that once the G3 comes to verizon, the (comparitively) minmal LG logo will be replaced by the atrocious VZW logo. :shudder:

  • fabitrader

    This phone is simply beautyful. Samsung take note please.

    • tim242

      Really? The top and bottom bezels are different colors. That is hideous.

      • Swankieltd

        Looks is subjective. Silly little fanboy

    • tim242

      Really? The top and bottom bezels are different colors. That is hideous.

  • tim242

    WTF is up with the top and bottom bezels being different colors? That is hideous.

    • shlk7

      It seems like the glass does not cover the bottom part and hence the different color. Would that also mean it's the same material as used throughout the phone?

    • Abhilash Bingi

      If you see most of the phones with white on the front, you have a couple of black spots for the camera and the proximity/light sensors. They're such an eyesore!

      I'm loving this design!

  • RonD45

    I'm pretty sure the extra object on the back is an IR focus aid for low light conditions. They are common in cameras. Just one more future to make the camera even better.

  • yihtang

    how I wish they embrace the nexus design of hiding LG logo...

  • Nathan

    This would make a very good basis for the next Nexus phone I think.

    But, Google, just let HTC make it.

  • Matthew Fry

    It can be pink for all I care as long as it has those sexy thin bezels.

  • Malcolm Love

    I'm really excited about this phone. If the battery life on this thing is at least comparable to my Droid Maxx, sold.

    • thartist

      Not sold then... Duh

  • MxY

    10/10 would fuck

  • Captain Spaulding

    If you look closely at the pic of the top, there appears to be an IR blaster on top, so the laser (possibly an IR light for night shots) rumors might be true after all.

  • Suman Gandham

    "It's not an amazing looking phone aesthetically..."

    I beg to disagree - I think it's a great looking device. Nice and simple, good mix of curves and straight lines, and of course - super thin bezel.

    I'm just praying for a GPE, as there is no chance in hell I will put up with LG crapware on my phone (it's bad enough on the G Pad 8.3!).

  • Bernd Staes

    Hu??? "It's not an amazing looking phone aesthetically, but LG could certainly do worse here." You cant honestly say you love the S5's 'huge' bezel, right?? Don't know about you guys but this is easily one of the sexiest phones I have ever laid eyes on.

  • Gator352

    Sweet!

    My gif won't work....dammit!

  • thartist

    "It's not an amazing looking phone aesthetically, but LG could certainly do worse here."

    WTF ARE YOU SMOKING?!!

  • Waldi G

    This is the sexiest phone ever next to the z2

  • Tommy

    LG has impressed us with the G3 which comes in at under £500 but packs amazing features including that Quad HD and a camera with a laser auto focus. The device is surprisingly small considering the 5.5in display and we like the more premium design. It's another winner from LG. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

    http://9cases.com/2014/05/best-cool-lg-g3-cases-screen-protector/