LG G2 Mini will be offered by Sprint with upgraded screen resolution
The LG G2 Mini may not be awe-inspiring in terms of specs, but it is a handset that brings the G2′s looks to a smaller footprint, something which many may appreciate – alongside the back-mounted buttons and various unique software features.
One of the most puzzling decisions that LG made for the G2 Mini and its specs was undoubtedly going for a 4.7-inch screen that only has 540×960 resolution. Even the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was considered to be low-res with its 4.3-inch touchscreen with the same resolution (especially compared to the HTC One Mini’s 4.3″ 720p panel), but the G2 Mini has an even bigger display for an even smaller pixel density.
However, if you live in the US and crave a G2 Mini you may not face this problem, intriguingly. First, @evleaks reports that Sprint will sell the LG G2 Mini with the model number LS885.
PocketNow did some digging and found a user agent profile (UAProf) for that exact model on Sprint’s website, and it reveals a very nice surprise: this handset’s resolution is stated to be 1,280×720. So 720p HD. That makes a lot more sense on a 4.7-inch panel than the measly 540×960 that international customers have to live with.
All the other specs revealed through the UAProf are identical to those seen in the international LTE-capable variant of the G2 Mini, so it looks like only the higher-res screen is a US-only affair (or maybe Sprint-only, it’s unclear at the moment if other carriers will sell the G2 Mini, and if they do if it will come with the same enhancement).
In case you’ve forgotten, the other specs are as follows: an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926, ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 2,440 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat running the show.
At this point we don’t know when you should expect to go into a Sprint store and pick up an LG G2 Mini, but in Europe it’s said to be out in April. Maybe that time frame will apply to Sprint’s model as well, maybe it won’t, we’ll keep you posted.
As for pricing (which hasn’t been leaked either), something around $99 with a two-year contract is what you should probably expect, though some third-party retailers such as Amazon may take that a lot lower pretty fast, as usually happens with Android midrangers. So in a couple of months from its release, this smartphone could be yours for free with a two-year service agreement with the Now Network.