LG G2 for Korea has microSD card slot, removable battery

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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1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Korean variants of Samsung and LG phones are always better.

6. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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.

8. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

2. JaiKB

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 07, 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!

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

3. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

4. AMDPhenomX4

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

5. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

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

7. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

9. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice, home people should get more benefits.

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

here is the english version youtu.be/vjZrUVB76xU


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

that was e roughest unboxing video ever

15. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

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

16. vgyliu

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

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

17. Ethos unregistered

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

18. lmaxmai

Posts: 4; Member since: May 03, 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!

19. xsilicon9

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 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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