After a couple of months of teasers, rumors, and leaked photos, the LG G2 has finally saw the light of day. As you probably noticed the South Korean phone maker has ditched the Optimus brand, as from now on all its high-end models will be a part of the G Series. Just like everyone anticipated, G2, the new flagship smartphone of the company, has a couple of interesting things to show.
Probably the most interesting thing about the LG G2 is the position of the Power and Volume buttons. All the smartphones I’ve held so far have the volume rocker and the power buttons on the sides, but not the LG G2, as the power/lock and volume up/down buttons have been placed on its back, LG saying that the new position is more comfortable and it reduces the risk of dropping the phone. The buttons on the back serve additional functionality as well: you can hold volume down button to quickly access the camera or hold the volume up button to access the QuickMemo app.
The LG G2 will be available in two body colors and its front panel stands out with its almost edge-to-edge screen. The IPS display is sized 5.2 inches diagonally, sporting 1080p resolution and a bezel around it that it’s only 2.65 mm thin. An interesting detail about the display is that it uses a new technology announced by VESA in 2012, called Panel Self Refresh, which handles some of the tasks of the graphics processor. By incorporating internal buffer memory called Graphic RAM, the graphics core will not refresh the display 60 times per second when its content doesn’t change. LG claims that Panel Self Refresh can reduce the processor’s battery consumption with up to 26%, which is a pretty big value.
The hardware platform of the LG G2 integrates the mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset developed by Qualcomm, which is based on a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.26 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. The new flagship smartphone of the South Korean company also comes with 2 GB of RAM (dismissing the rumors saying it will be world’s first smartphone to pack 3 GB of RAM), LTE Cat 3, modem, a 3,000 mAH battery, and two internal storage options: 16 and 32 GB. Unfortunately, the LG G2 doesn’t come with support for microSD cards. The new LG flagship measures 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 143 grams.
The multimedia features of the new LG G2 also sound very appealing, the South Korean phone maker boasting about 24bit/192KHz audio decoder and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and multipoint focus.
The Optimus G was the first smartphone that showed us that LG really cares about the software features of its smartphones and the LG G2 makes no exception. Some of the most remarkable software features of the LG G2 are Answer Me (reduces the ringtone volume and automatically answers a call when you move the smartphone and pull it up to your ear), Quick Remote (which transforms the G2 into a remote control, taking advantage of its IR blaster), Slide Aside (allows the user to switch between apps by sliding with three fingers on the display), and Guest Mode. The LG G2 will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with a new LG interface applied on top of it.
Unlike the previous models which had big delays when it came to hitting the Europe and North American markets, it seems the new LG will have better availability. According to LG, the smartphone will be available for purchase through 130 carriers in US, Europe, and South Korean in the next two months. The South Korea-based company failed to announce the price of the LG G2. Even so, expect it to be priced around $199 with a two-year agreement.