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New phone gets dual-LED, moves rim buttons to a single cluster in the back

LG Electronics, Inc. (KRX:066570)(KRX:066575) -- South Korea's "other" major phonemaker -- is expected to unveil its flagship LG G3 at an official press event on May 7.  Some believe that the new phone will pack the first 2K display in a smartphone sold to the U.S.  Ahead of the launch, South Korean website Seeko has published the first definitive high-resolution pics of the LG G3.
The pics show a lot of ho-hum standard fare -- microUSB 2.0 (sorry, no microUSB 3.0 yet), a microphone, and 3.5 mm headphone jack.  There does not appear to be a microSD slot.
The back's most notable features are its dual-LED flash.  LG appears to be going in the same direction that HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) tread with this year's 2014 HTC One (M8) and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) debuted last year with the iPhone 5S.  Dual-LED flashes allow for better color in images taken at night; if LG indeed debuts the feature, that will leave LG's South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) as the one of the only top manufacturers to lack the feature in its flagship device. 

Supposed leaked shots of the LG G3 [Image Source: Seeko]

The layout of LG's dual-LEDs is a little different than other manufacturers, however, with one on either side of the camera (other manufacturers generally pack them together in a single bubble.  LG's G2 was a surprising solid entrant in terms of photography, so it wouldn't be surprising to see that maybe LG has figured out something that Apple and HTC missed when it comes to dual-LED tech.
The other new feature on the backplate is LG's redesigned volume/power button cluster.  Last generation with the G2, LG made the decision to move the volume and power buttons to the back, moving them off the rim.  
This generation looks to make the power button metal and opts for a more minimalist design.  Top Twitter leaker @evleaks leaked a close-up of this button cluster a few days ago; it appears that the volume buttons are still on top and bottom, with the power button in the middle.
This suggest that the LG Isai FL is actually not the LG G3 as some expected, although it does appear to be in the same general design path. Also know as the LG L24, the Isai FL does have the volume button in the same place, but it has the power button on the side still.  And it appears to have a fingerprint sensor which the G3 lacks, but no dual-LED (just a single LED flash).

Looking at the leaked G3 front pic, it features a similar gentle curve to the top and bottom similar to previous models and the LG Isai FL.  LG continues to thin its bezel, a strategy started with last year's LG G2.

Source: Seeko [translated]

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same as google
By BRB29 on 5/2/2014 11:54:32 AM , Rating: 2
looks almost like a google nexus 5

RE: same as google
By HopJokey on 5/2/2014 12:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
The Nexus 5 is made by LG and is almost the same as the LG G2...

RE: same as google
By retrospooty on 5/2/2014 12:13:16 PM , Rating: 3
More like the opposite since LG makes the Nexus 4 and 5 for Google.

Anyhow, this thing should be awesome. The G2 is already insanely fast with a gorgeous screen and amazing battery life. This isn't really anything new, but it improves on everything that is already great. Plus more bigger. I think 5.5 is about perfect for me, with small Bezels - this will be a good amount smaller than the old 5.5 inch Note 2.

RE: same as google
By Labotomizer on 5/2/2014 12:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
I liked everything about it but the buttons on the back of the phone. I find that a really odd design choice. I'm not sure why you'd want to have to push a device with one of the fingers in the hand you're holding it with out of your hand. Seems like a good way to drop a phone. As accident prone as some people I know are this is a sure fire way to have to replace it in no time.

Outside of that the G2 and, I'm sure, the G3 look like awesome phones.

RE: same as google
By retrospooty on 5/2/2014 12:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
It took about 1/2 a day to get used to it... But really, I never even use the buttons at all. No need to. Knock on and off, and volume on the drop-down = no buttons needed... Thus the great screen to bezel ratio.

RE: same as google
By bug77 on 5/2/2014 12:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
I liked everything about it but the buttons on the back of the phone. I find that a really odd design choice

Back when phones were decent in size, the side volume rocker would sit firmly under your finger. But at 5.5" diagonal only your fingertip would be able to reach it. It could be they determined it's less of a hassle to retract your finger slightly to operate the rocker. You only reach for those buttons a few times each day, so no biggie.

RE: same as google
By Labotomizer on 5/2/2014 2:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
I use them all the time on my Nokia. But I do like how they're all on one side.

My concern would be removing a finger to push on the back of the phone is all. Not saying you wouldn't adjust and certainly not an issue getting used to the placement after a bit. Just odd design choice.

RE: same as google
By retrospooty on 5/2/2014 2:06:22 PM , Rating: 1
What you are missing is that you don't need to touch them, ever. With software features like knock on and knock off and volume controls in the UI you don't need to find the buttons on the top, back or side... It's better that way regardless of where they put the buttons on any particular phone. It's not just a "non issue" , its a great improvement.

RE: same as google
By Spuke on 5/2/2014 2:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
I don't use the buttons on mine at all but to each his own.

RE: same as google
By flyingpants1 on 5/4/2014 7:55:03 AM , Rating: 2
Knock-on on the G-flex works about 60% of the time.

RE: same as google
By retrospooty on 5/4/2014 8:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
I would have said 80% on the original G2 with 4.2.2 , but the Kit Kat ROM implemented a fix for that as well. It works perfectly now.

RE: same as google
By grant3 on 5/8/2014 9:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
"What you are missing" is many people prefer to use physical buttons.

RE: same as google
By hughlle on 5/3/2014 5:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see it like that. I presume that this is larger than the htc one M7, and with that phone, i always have a finger along the back, resting near the camera, to act as a support. I find it a bit annoying to have to slide phone down my palm a little so my finger can get the power button (although prefer it there than on side). With this, the power button is exactly where it can be reached with all my fingers ready to use the phone once unlocked. With htc, i have to shift phone to turn on one handed, and then shift back in order to be able to swipe to unlock.

RE: same as google
By N8SLC on 5/2/2014 6:17:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have the G2 and was worried about the button placement. I've got pretty small hands and I've found it's much easier to use them where LG put them for one handed use. A power button at the top would increase the drop risk for me. Knock-on is great for when it's sitting on the desk. Overall it's a very good hardware/software usability design by LG.

Official press quality pics
By retrospooty on 5/5/2014 10:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
By retrospooty on 5/5/2014 10:35:25 AM , Rating: 3
n/m ... On a closer look I think that is a really thin case.

On the bright side, this thing's bezels are so thin that a thin case almost looks like it's not there. SWEET!

There's No Such Thing as a Leak
By Arsynic on 5/2/2014 12:50:48 PM , Rating: 3
This is guerrilla marketing.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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