The LG G2 is rumored to be one of the most interesting smartphones that will debut in the second half of the year and after we've seen tons of blurry photos of the LG Optimus G follow up, we now get to see the first clear photos of the next-gen LG flagship smartphone.

The LG G2 seems to be the start of this week's leaks, along with Motorola's Droid Ultra and Moto X. While the Moto X is said to be a game changer, the LG G2 is attracting the public's attention as its hardware platform might be used to underpin the Nexus 5.

Even though it was rumored that the Nexus 5 will not be the fruit of the Google + LG collaboration any more and after an LG official said that the next-gen Google phone will no longer be manufactured by LG, the latest reports are indicating that the South Korean company is back in the race for developing the Nexus 5.

Anyway, let's return to the LG G2, a smartphone that will be introduced next month, as suggested in the invitations sent in by the South Koreans for an event held on August 7th in New York. As I was mentioning above, today we get to see the fist clear photos of the LG G2 and even a hands-on video of the smartphone, courtesy of Engaget.

What intrigued me the most about the leaked LG G2 photos is that in some shots it looks like having a mate back lid, while in others the material used for the back seems glossy. Rumor has it that the LG G2 will come with a 5.2-inch display and since it's a flagship smartphone circa 2013 it will come with full HD resolution.

To me, the design of the LG G2 looks rather like a revamped Nexus 4, while the really interesting characteristic is related to the volume rocker that was mounted on the back, just like it was initially rumored. Another aspect I like about the LG G2 is the really thin bezel around the display, which almost make it edge-to-edge. Talking about the Volume Up/Down buttons placed below the primary camera, those who already got their hands on the smartphone said that they are not so comfortable to use.

The leaked photos also revealed that the LG G2 will ditch the Android-specific capacitive buttons over a set of on-screen software buttons which coincide with Google's view on the Android-powered smartphones. Is this another clue that the LG G2 will be used to underpin the Nexus 5?

The source of the hands-on video claim that the next-gen flagship smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320, while sporting 2 GB of RAM, contrary to the rumors saying that the LG G2 will be one of the first smartphones on the market to pack 3 GB of RAM.

As you can see in the video below, the interface running on the smartphone is Optimus UI, which is pretty close to the 3.0 version that is running on the LG Optimus G. Anyway, the terminal is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and most of the persons who got their hands on the LG G2 describe it as a Nexus 4 that is more comfortable to hold.

What is your opinion, will the LG G2 be used as a starting point for the Nexus 5? Do you have any expectations from the G2? Will it be able to compete against the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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