LG G3’s rumored laser gets new explanation, as additional renders leak

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When it comes to rumors around that black oval to the left of the LG G3’s rear camera, we have been there and back again. We’ve entertained ideas ranging from fingerprint scanners to heart rate monitors, but lately things have fallen into two camps: the easy answer that the oval could be another IR transceiver, just like we see on the G Flex (in the same position, no less), and an intriguing rumor that it could have something to do with a laser intended to enhance low-light photography. Today we check out a new spin on those rumors, as well as get to see some more press renders.

We’re still in laser territory, but @evleaks offers up an alternate theory to a laser illuminator: laser-based focus assist. We’ve kicked around that idea before, but that previous rumor was so specific about the laser being used for low-light photography that a focus assist didn’t feel like a good fit. Nevertheless, it’s a much more plausible idea than a laser “spotlight,” and @evleaks isn’t a tipster to offer info like this without evidence.

As for these renders, we’ve got more of the same we saw yesterday, but this time complete with screenshots. As such, we’re not going to waste space showing you all of them (they really are exactly the same, just with the screen on), but you can check one out above to see how they differ.

Finally, LG’s latest invite for the its event this month specifically mentions the G3 will featured. Sure, we were all assuming as much, but who doesn’t like a little confirmation?

g3-invite

Update: Seeing as it’s been more than ten minutes since the last LG G3 leak, of COURSE there’s a new one available. This time, @evleaks shows us the phone from some new angles, in its titanium shade.

g3-titanium

Source: @evleaks 1,2, LG

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!