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LG G2 for Korea has microSD card slot, removable battery

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LG G2 for Korea has microSD card slot, removable battery
Prior to the official LG G2 announcement, the general assumption was that the smartphone would sport a removable battery and a microSD card slot, both located behind the device's removable cover. This speculation was fueled by the leaked LG G2 user manual, which contained images clearly depicting these features. But then "LG G2 day" came and went. We got our hands on the LG G2 smartphone only to discover that a microSD card slot was nowhere to be found. Also, the battery was sealed behind the non-removable back cover.

So what exactly happened with the LG G2 and the microSD card slot we were expecting? Well, that's a perk reserved for Korean buyers, as it now turns out. The Korean LG G2 variant has a removable back cover, behind which are situated its user-replaceable battery and its microSD card slot for storage expansion. However, several trade-offs have been made in order to allow these features to be available. First of all, its battery has a capacity of 2610mAh versus the 3000mAh cell found inside the US-bound LG G2. In addition, the LG G2 sold in Korea will be thicker, albeit only by a quarter of a millimeter. 

Long story short, users of the international LG G2 will have no microSD card slot at their disposal, but in exchange will get a battery that's 15% larger. Now feel free to check out an unboxing video showing the Korean LG G2 handset.

source: UNDERkg via GSMArena

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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:11 11

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Korean variants of Samsung and LG phones are always better.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:44

6. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Sony is also doing the same thing the Japanese version of the Xperia Z using better screen, infrared, and several other features.

I wonder why they give the best specs just to sell in their own countries.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:45 2

8. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

losing to some foreign company on their home turf is not good for their image so thats why they make it even better i think.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:14

2. JaiKB (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

I really like this phone, I can't wait to see the Galaxy Note III compare to this, which will be better, I don't know!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:25

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Expensive Wacom digitizer, S-Pen, faster bigger memory, faster NAND Flash, fresher OS, larger more efficient screen, much larger and removable battery, OIS Sony Exmor RS sensor, MicroSD slot, MHL 2.0. As always, the Note model will not only beat it's competition but it's un-house products as well. And if Sammy gets the new Exynos 5 Octa right, we'll have an absolute champ.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:38 5

3. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I would choose the removable battery. It's a must have for me.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:08 2

4. AMDPhenomX4 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

Basically the only thing the international variant has is slightly slimmer and a bigger battery by default. The Korean variant has the SD card slot to actually USE a 60 FPS 1080P camera for more than a few hours, will have a bigger battery with a slightly bigger case as an option, and wireless charging as an option. If the Korean variant was in the US, I would pick it up for sure, but with it being the way it is, it's average.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:00

5. puckhead (Posts: 81; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)

wow the korean version is a .25 of millimeter thicker, wow theyre getting screwed! haha

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:50

7. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

idk what the guy is saying, but his commentary sounds are hilarious, with the singing and side noises. the woman unboxing the phone is kinda strange too as she handled the box and accessories a little rough.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:45

9. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

PA, there IS an English version of this. Idk why that one isn't imbedded instead of this one. It's the same guy too.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:39

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nice, home people should get more benefits.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:21

11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The G2 had potential, but again cutting corners prevented an exciting model to be a hit,

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:22

13. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

here is the english version


posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:02

14. DONUT (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

that was e roughest unboxing video ever

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 21:47

15. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Ok now show us the LG G2 Pro and don't screw it up...

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 23:30

16. vgyliu (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

Man was about to get this phone but no micro sd slot killed it for me

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 19:19

17. Ethos (unregistered)

Battery will be draining fast .. that is why they supplied two .. !

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:37

18. lmaxmai (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)

It is unacceptable and frankly unforgivable for companies like LG and Samsung to restrict certain versions of a device to a specific region, in this case not giving customers a choice to take advantage of a storage expansion option as well as a replaceable battery!

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 13:09

19. xsilicon9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)

So basically they're saving the good features for home and screwing over the rest of us?This is what you get for outsourcing.All these Asian countries pull this crap. I don't think any other country does this.

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