On August 7, 2013 LG announced their new flagship Android smartphone named LG G2 in New York. This time LG dropped “Optimus” branding from their flagship but kept the “G” denoting the fact that this phone is a worthy successor to the powerful Optimus G and Optimus G Pro. This way it is the second generation “G” droid from the South Korean electronics giant. LG G2 will give tough competition to the already established flagships from other manufacturers – Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z and HTC One. With its powerful hardware and other specs G2 will definitely rule the droid-kingdom at least until the next crop of flagships (notably the Galaxy Note 3) invade the market later this year. Here is a quick run-down of LG G2 specifications and features –
CPU and chipset – LG has equipped G2 with the latest and most powerful processor currently available – Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor with Snapdragon 800 chipset and Adreno 330 GPU. This translates into blazing fast speeds (in Gaming and other graphics intensive tasks) and improved overall performance. Actually G2 is the first phone, according to Qualcomm, which will be launched with this processor. However the RAM remains 2GB which is a bit disappointing considering the rumors that Galaxy Note3 will have 3GB.
Display – With an unconventional 5.2 inches screen LG G2 has further blurred the boundaries of “phone” and “phablet” terminology. However the screen resolution remains as per the current norms – 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi). The display is IPS LCD with a high brightness rating (at 450nits). Besides LG has introduced GRAM or Graphics RAM technology in G2 screen which decreases power consumption by 26% while displaying images. According to LG this increases the overall battery life by upto 10%.
Design – LG G2 sports a unique design with almost negligible bezel and no front or side hardware keys! There is only one physical button-unit at a place never seen before in a phone (just beneath the camera). It is a combination of buttons which perform many functions – volume up/down, camera, power/sleep and Quick Memo. LG has explained the reason for this awkward placement of keys as – “to handle extra large smartphone easily and prevent accidental dropping”.
Camera – With G2 LG has improved on the camera front too – the 13 Megapixels camera unit comes with advanced features like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for great low light shots. Video recording frame rate has also been doubled to 60fps (full HD, 1080p). But there is no Carl Zeiss optics as in Lumia 1020 so don’t expect miracles here.
Others – 16/32 GB memory with microSD upto 64GB support, Infrared port, LTE-A support, 3000mAh Li-Po battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Studio quality Hi-Fi sound
Besides regular features LG has added some interesting extra goodies like
You can tap (touch) twice on screen to wake up the phone and then single tap to sleep again – a useful function just to see the notifications at the lock screen
There is a useful “Guest mode” function for the security of phone data – when activated you can safely set level of access for other phone users (kids, friends)
There is also an interesting function which allows you to answer a call just by moving and holding the phone near the ear
Using the screenshot function you can capture the whole loaded web page/email and not just the content which is limited to phone’s screen
You can minimize an active app by a 3 finger swipe across the screen
Enough to get you excited? There are many more to explore. LG G2 will be launched worldwide over the course of next two months starting from South Korea (mid to late August). All major carriers (including all four major of North America) will offer this phone across key markets in US, Europe and Asia.
Expected launch price – Euro 599/US$ 699 (Unlocked)