LG G2 announced sporting 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13 MP camera, buttons on the back
It’s finally happened. After many weeks of teases upon teases, and leaks upon leaks, the LG G2 was announced minutes ago in New York. It’s everything we expected it to be, of course, and it’s everything we already knew it to be thanks to those aforementioned teases and leaks.
The G2 is the successor to the Optimus G from last year. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization (a first for a 13 MP unit), a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, all the usual connectivity options (including LTE of course, and even LTE-Advanced), and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 138.5×70.9×8.9 mm.
The battery capacity is the only mildly surprising thing about the G2, since countless rumors pegged it at around 2,500-2,600 mAh but it’s thankfully larger than that. And, interestingly, it’s also 400 mAh larger than the unit inside the Samsung Galaxy S4, the G2′s main rival. This should ensure that it sports better battery life than Samsung’s flagship.
The power/lock button is on the rear, in between the volume buttons, underneath the camera unit. This has been leaked countless times, and now it’s official. Apparently “smart innovation on the back” is one of LG’s slogans for the G2. You don’t need to worry about smudges and fingerprints on the camera lens, because it’s made out of fingerprint-proof sapphire crystal apparently.
The screen is almost edge-to-edge, featuring impossibly narrow bezels as you can see. Gone are the capacitive Android navigation buttons from underneath the screen (seen in the Optimus G) – the G2 uses on-screen software rendered buttons instead, just like Google likes them.
Other new features and software gimmicks include double-tap to wake the screen, 24-bit/192 kHz audio playback support, Answer Me (auto-answers a call when you simply pick up the phone and raise it to your ear), Plug & Pop (recommends options when you plug an accessory in), Text Link (lets info from text messages easily be saved or searched on a map), Quick Remote (lets you control your electronics and supports customization and learning from conventional remotes), Slide Aside (said to enhance multitasking by ‘sliding’ open apps off to the side with a three-finger gesture), and Guest Mode (which allows for two different unlock patterns, one of which enables access only to a limited subset of apps).
The LG G2 will be offered in black and white. While an actual release date hasn’t yet been announced (save for the rather vague statement of “rolling out within the next eight weeks”), it’s going to be sold by all of the ‘big four’ US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.