Everything we’ve been seeing lately about LG’s upcoming G5 has been telling us to expect a radical new look for the phone’s back, dropping the now-standard rear volume controls in favor of a single power button/fingerprint scanner, and going with a side-by-side dual-camera arrangement, with the lenses flanking the phone’s flash and laser-assist auto-focus. And while this layout has become a key part of the G5’s story, so far we haven’t been super-clear on the specifics. At least, every time it seems like we get a chance to peek at the phone’s rear, either in schematics, renders, of even shots of actual hardware, something always looks a little different. Maybe we’re dealing with an evolving design, or a number of prototype stages, but regardless of the “why,” it’s been tricky to get a solid read on the phone. We’re still not sure we’re all the way there just yet, but a couple new case designs offer us some nice up-close peeks at that rear camera hardware.
The one you see up top is arguably the more compelling of the pair, with two clearly defined (and clearly quite different) camera elements, surrounding a dual-LED flash with what’s presumably the laser-assist hardware beneath it. This idea of packing all those flash components in a neat little square is one that’s been recurrent in G5 imagery, but here all the bits and pieces are precisely depicted in a form that’s easy to see. We’re not sure it will look exactly like this, but this render sure packs a lot of confidence.
Then we’ve got this guy down below, and while it’s also a relatively clean pic, a few big red flags are going off for us. The main one is that this appears to be a cleaned-up version of an old leak from last year – one when it looked like rear volume controls could still be in play.
A lot of the reflections have been blacked over, but the washed-out left camera and that thin line coming off of it to the upper right are obvious artifacts from that old leak. This isn’t even touching on the front view of the phone, where everything from the camera to the speakers looks wrong.
So there you have it: one possibly solid look at the G5, and one much more suspicious look. Who’s closer to the real thing? We’ll know in just over two more weeks.