LG is expected to launch the G2, a 5.2-inch 1080p display quad-core smartphone devoid of any Optimus branding, on Wednesday at an event in New York City. LG's G2 won't have any buttons on its front or sides, instead placing them on the back of the phone, beneath the camera.
The handset is also expected to feature a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait processor, a 13-megapixel camera and a removable 2510 mAh battery. With the G2, LG could be the first manufacturer to include 3GB of RAM in a smartphone, which will contain a microSD card reader as well as a nano-SIM slot similar to Apple's iPhone 5.
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Prior to the live stream event, several media shots of the G2 have leaked online, showcasing the smartphone’s rear volume/power button. LG also manufactures the Nexus 4 from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which carries a stock version of the Android OS.
There are rumors that features found in LG's G2 might show up in the next Google Nexus device, which might be called the Nexus 5 or follow the naming convention of the second-generation Nexus 7 and retain its original name; however, it's unknown at this point who will manufacture the next Nexus phone.
What do you think of the new button placement? Would you like to see it in the next Nexus device from Google?
Thomas Halleck is a tech reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews and mobile news....