LG will be holding a launch event for its new flagship smartphone, the LG G3, on May 27, according to an invitation sent to the press this week. The event will take place over two days in six different cities, including New York and San Francisco in the United States.
Thanks to a series of leaks, we have a pretty good idea what the G3 will be packing. Rumors of the handset coming with a 5.5-inch QHD screen running at 1440 x 2560 were confirmed to Android Central earlier this month. If the phone does feature a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, it will be the first QHD phone from a major manufacturer.
On Friday, several new leaked images appeared on a South Korean site that show the G3 out in the wild. These photos are in addition to the leaked shot sent to Android Central that shows the handset on top of a handwritten list of specs that includes a 3000 mAh removable battery, a one watt speaker and a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization. The handwritten list also says the phone will have a QHD display. There are a few inscrutable lines, such as “Gesture Palm Selfie,” which I would assume is a feature for taking selfies, and “2 tera storage,” which could imply a cloud storage feature.
The leaked photos confirm that the handset’s volume and power buttons will remain on the back, as with its predecessor, the G2. Gigaom reviewed the handset in September, and while its slim bezels helped the 5.2-inch phone feel less like a tablet, Alex Colon found the buttons on the backside were frustrating in implementation, especially since the power button is one of the most used physical keys on a phone.
As the Wall Street Journal notes, LG’s mobile unit has been running losses since the third quarter of last year. In addition to its own “G” flagship line, LG also produces the Nexus 5, and is one of the manufacturers rumored to be working with Google(s GOOG) for its upcoming Android Silver premium device program.