So far we’ve seen some of the LG G3‘s purported specs leaked but never before have we actually seen the upcoming flagship smartphone in the flesh. That changes today, as we’re treated to what is said to be the first ever picture of the phone’s back.
This allows us to see that the back-mounted buttons that debuted with the G3′s predecessor aren’t going anywhere – LG is still banking on them as a differentiating feature from its competitors (and also as a bezel-reducing strategy). So we have the metallic-looking round Power / Unlock button flanked by the volume keys, the camera, a dual-LED flash on the right of the camera, and possibly a speaker to its left. That said, that could very well be just a mystery sensor and not a speaker.
It’s a bit hard to make out all the things here since the image isn’t the highest-quality one. But if the G3 is going to be unveiled officially in May or June, then expect to see much more of it (and in better quality) over the next few weeks as we get closer to that reveal.
On the piece of paper that the device is atop of we can see a few specs jotted down. 2 GB and 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB and 32 GB of storage. There’s also mention of OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilization) for the camera, which wouldn’t be a surprise since the G2 has something like that in it too. As for the two different RAM amounts, we might be getting two versions of the G3 – one with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the other with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in space. Or perhaps LG still hasn’t decided how much RAM to include in the G3, though if it wants to one-up the Samsung Galaxy S5 in this regard it must go with 3 GB.
That’s all we have for now, but past rumors and leaks talked about the LG G3 coming with a 5.5-inch 2,560×1,440 QHD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera, microSD card support, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show. It may even be water and dust resistant, just like the Galaxy S5. The chipset that LG will use hasn’t been conclusively leaked so far, though we assume it can’t be anything other than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. What remains to be seen is which version of that chip LG will choose, the 2.5 GHz bin (like Samsung) or the 2.3 GHz one (like Sony for its Xperia Z2).