LG G2 shown in new, clear pictures and hands-on video. Nexus 5 coming in October based on it
LG’s August 7 event can’t come soon enough. The Korean company certainly wants to build up hype for its launch of the G2, but at this rate we’ll know everything there is to know about this device way before the announcement. And that might make the unveiling itself less interesting.
This time around, a full gallery of G2 pictures has been leaked, and thankfully they aren’t incredibly blurry (like all the previous images depicting this handset).
There’s even a hands-on video to go with these shots, and it briefly shows the G2 in operation. The video conveys the G2’s slimness a lot better than the pictures can, and one thing’s clear – this thing is thin. That said, it’s not likely to steal the “world’s thinnest smartphone” title from the Huawei Ascend P6 (or the Umeox X5), which means the buttons aren’t really on the back because the LG G2 is too thin for them to be fitted on the sides – it’s simply a design choice. We’re fine with that, though, and we appreciate a manufacturer that isn’t afraid to try new things in this space. After all, there’s only so much you can do to really differentiate your glass slab from the next one.
According to the person or persons behind this video, the G2 is very comfortable to use, and it’s thinner than the Nexus 4. The photos above are showing Sprint’s version of the smartphone, and it’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Past rumors have pegged the G2’s screen at 5.2 inches and its resolution at 1080p Full HD. This definitely has some of the smallest bezels we’ve seen to date, so don’t expect the G2 to be a lot wider than Samsung’s 5-inch Galaxy S4 (if at all). The capacitive buttons underneath the screen are gone, LG thankfully choosing to go Google’s way and opt for software-rendered buttons instead. And they’re nicely transparent too.
According to the tipster who leaked the photos, the CPU inside is a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, just as expected, with 2 GB of RAM thrown in for good measure.
In other G2-related news, a full spec list for the Korean version of the superphone has been apparently leaked in Asia. Interestingly, though, it comes with a release date attached too: August 20. That’s when South Koreans should expect to pick up an LG G2 from either one of their three carriers (as all will sell the handset).
Once again the Snapdragon 800 is confirmed, as is the amount of RAM, the 5.2-inch screen, alongside a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, dual speakers, 150 Mbps LTE-A support, a 2,700 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. If this turns out to be true, then that battery will be 100 mAh bigger than the one in the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is likely to be the G2’s main competitor, in Korea and elsewhere. However, LG’s might be a sealed, non user-replaceable unit, keep in mind.
But wait, there’s more! An LG-made Nexus 5 is coming, the same report claims. It will be based on the G2, just like the Nexus 4 was based on its predecessor, the Optimus G. The Nexus 5 will supposedly launch in October, and will be announced in the first few days of that month. The Nexus 5 will arrive running Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie from day one.
This timeline makes sense, and if Google has indeed chosen LG to make its Nexus once more, that may be because this Korean company may be more willing to compromise on price (read:profits) than others. The Nexus 4 starts at $299, and Google could want to keep that same price point for the Nexus 5, yet bring in the specs of the G2.