LG G2 is officially announced with Snapdragon 800, 5.2-inch True Full HD display

LG G2 is officially announced with Snapdragon 800, 5.2-inch True Full HD display
Right on cue, LG unveiled its newest Android flagship device, simply known as the LG G2. The smartphone is an embodiment of cutting-edge hardware and precision-polished software, sprinkled with innovative goodies all over. 

The unusual button placement is among the things that make the LG G2 totally unique. Instead of putting them on the side, the maker has decided to place them on the handset’s back. Supposedly, these will be easy to reach no matter which hand the LG G2 is being used with, but whether that’s the case will become clear as soon as we take the smartphone for a spin. These buttons can be used to not only set the phone's volume, but to perform additional tasks as well. The volume up key, for example, will activate the notes application when held down, while the volume down key can launch the camera app and will snap a photo when pressed. Again, we're wondering how comfortable it will be to use a camera shutter placed in such an odd position. No physical buttons are present on the G2's front as virtual ones are in use instead.

A spacious, 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with an amazingly thin bezel graces the front of the LG G2. Its resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels ensures that everything on it will look nice and sharp, especially knowing that a standard RGB sub-pixel arrangement has been implemented. The screen panel will be countering the sun's rays with 450 nits of maximum brightness output. Through the use of Graphic RAM technology, LG claims to have reduced the panel's energy needs by an amazing 26%.

Solidifying the smartphone’s high-end status is the presence of a Snapdragon 800 SoC under its hood. With a quad-core CPU running at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM, the handset’s performance should be nothing short of outstanding no matter what is being thrown at it – 1080p videos, intense 3D gaming, hi-def video capturing, you name it.

Naturally, a flagship smartphone like the LG G2 should come with a great camera as well. And sure enough, its maker has placed a 13MP module on its back with optical image stabilization reducing the motion blur caused by movement of the user's hands. On top of that, the sapphire glass lens has been treated with an anti-fingerprint coating. High-definition videos will look great not only because of OIS keeping the frame steady, but also due to the added support for 1080p video capturing at 60 frames per second.

Adding to the list of goodies, the LG G2 will be the first commercially available handset with support for 24bit, 192kHz audio output. That is great news for audiophiles and anyone who values quality sound. 16 or 32GB of on-board memory will be available for storing all these high-quality audio files. Using the built-in IR blaster, one will be able to remotely control not only a TV, but also other compatible appliances throughout their home.

The 3000mAh battery inside the LG G2 is like a cherry on top of the cake. It is large enough to provide many hours of active use, and as a matter of fact, LG promises that we should be getting a full day of intensive usage on a single charge. At the same time, the larger than usual cell has not had a negative impact on the handset's thickness. The LG G2 is 8.9 millimeters thick, which is acceptable, although not that impressive for a flagship.

Hardware specs aside, the LG G2 comes with Android 4.2.2 enhanced using a handful of useful stand-out features. The so-called Guest mode, for example, allows two different user profiles to be stored on the device, in case it is being shared often with others. One of them is set as the administrator and can restrict access to certain apps - good for folks with kids asking to play games all the time. Each user may have their own unlock pattern, launching their profile straight from the lock screen.

Multitasking on the LG G2 has been taken to the next level through the incorporation of the Slide Aside feature. Instead of scrolling through their list of recently used apps just to find the one they need, a user may save an app's state for later use with a simple gesture. Swiping to the left with three fingers is how the magic is done and it works for up to 3 apps, no matter which they are. 

Taking screenshots of stuff is now easier on the LG G2. With the help of the Capture Plus feature, the user can capture entire web pages or bodies of their emails and then crop the needed area. The Answer Me feature sure can be used by anyone on a daily basis. Basically, incoming calls can be answered with a simple gesture. The handset is just picked up and held up to the user's ear.

Interestingly, there's a screen unlock/unlock gesture implemented in the UI as well. Double tapping on the screen when its off will wake it up, which is useful if one isn't comfortable with the placement of the power key. And as you might guess, a double tap on an empty area of the screen will turn it back off.

The LG G2 will be released in the U.S. soon via all four major carriers and via more than 130 carriers worldwide. Release dates will vary from one carrier to another so stay tuned for further announcements. Pricing is to be announced at a later time and we are definitely expecting to see a premium price tag attached to LG's new flagship. Available colors include black and white.

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)



1. c.sanchez

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 26, 2013


14. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Dope phone but they still have to prove their going to keep up with Software Updates.

79. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Thank you!! That's my one and only thing... I still have a gs2 from T-Mobile running stock 4.1.2... will it be getting timely updates? If so then I'm on it

28. Kurai unregistered

Hmmm . . the design is not really new . . . it's design is very similar to s4(at the front at least) but with more smaller bezels . . . overall it is a beast . . . but the design is not sexy at all . . .

66. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

LG use Plastic almost identical with Galaxy S4! But I don't see any Plastics comments? Front looks good (I love small bezels) but back and that LG logo........

86. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Because until now, we still don’t know how well G2 design construction. If G2 has the same performance as the S4 in the drop test, you will definitely see comments about plastic.

2. dmat3889

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

LG-G2 aka the Galaxy S4.2 slightly better but same phone.

3. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nokia set the new standard..haha..Every body is going for OIS.. lol

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

definitely true. haha nokia is leading them in terms of new USABLE features

58. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... for example? which features? the always-on voice commands or active notifications of the moto x? the front dual speakers of the htc one? the water resistance of the xperia Z? the gigantic battery of the razr maxx? tell me which are those new usable features of the Nokias... ;)

78. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Cool it tiger! You shelled out a lot of OEMs to compare with Nokia. But here, they're talking about the OIS...and yes, among the list that you gave Nokia did have a phone with dual front stereo speakers...even my old XM 5530 had it. If you're talking about the Boom sound then yes...they're the first.

83. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

HOW THE HELL IS VOICE COMMAND A FEATURE? if moto just made it "always on" HOW THE HELL IS DUAL SPEAKERS ON HTC A FEATURE? if even nokia 5800xpressmusic did that in 2008. HOW THE HELL IS WATER RESISTANT ON XPERIA Z A FEATURE? if that feature is already made +10 years ago for any portable device. HOW THE HELL IS A GIANT BATTERY A FEATURE? any fvcking company can do that if they want to. edit your last word with phone companies d!ckhead. and tell me how sh!tty is your excuses against nokia. i exagerated the above comments.but until now i dont see other companies copying/implementing always on, dual speaker(except china phones- 2 or more speakers are in 1 phone), water proof, big ass battery for their true flagships. --on my comment NOKIA IS 'LEADING' THEM ON USABLE FEATURES. IM TALKING TO OIS BECAUSE HTC ONE AND NOW LG G2 ADDED THEM AFTER THEY SAW 920 WITH IT. i used capslock on major sentences because your brain is too small to read it clearly. sorry about your condition.

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Except Nokia wasn't the first one to bring OIS to smartphones, so they weren't the one to set the new standard. It was actually Sharp that set this "new standard". http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sharp-demoes-how-optical-image-stabilization-in-its-12MP-smartphone-camera-sensor-makes-video...-sharp_id24549 EDIT: Just to clarify, Sharp introduced this technology in 2011. The Lumia 920, which I believe was the first Nokia smartphone to utilize OIS, wasn't introduced until about a year later.

56. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

But ok who here has a Sharp phone?? Nokia definitely marketed and used its brand recognition to make OIS a more common feature on smartphones.

67. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Sharp technology has been used by many phone manufacturers, including Samsung and Apple. For instance, the IGZO display developed by Sharp is most likely going to be seen in future tablets offered by Samsung and Apple. So, I would say that even without the Lumia 920, the big smartphone manufacturers were most likely already interested in this technology. Just like when Sony released the Exmor RS, there were tons of manufacturers (such as Oppo) that wanted the technology in their next smartphone.

73. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Allow myself to expand on my previous comment by saying that you could be right that because of Nokia marketing the OIS it made the other manufacturers want it. I am just saying that, in my opinion, I think they would've been interested in it anyway. I don't think Nokia is enough of a threat yet to make Android manufacturers want to respond quickly with a competing feature or device. Windows Phone still holds somewhere around a 2% global market share (that may be an old statistic but it's somewhere in the single digits). I think Android manufacturers are more concerned with competing against their own kind. This can, and may of course, change in the future.

59. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

but lg when they demo g2 they show how it can reduce shake, take better low light images which nokia show us september 5 2012. did ois from sharp demo that?

62. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You do understand what OIS is, right? It stands for Optical Image Stabilizer. This means that it reduces the shaking so that you can take images that are less blurred. Better low light images have nothing to do with OIS. OIS only helps to make sure that the image is stabilized so that when the shutter stays open longer it won't have any blurring or movement.

68. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Phil !Because of OIS shutter stays open longer letting more light come in without any blurring. That's how you get Better low light images.FYI. Nokia was the first one to implement that perfectly with Better low light imaging..

69. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Can you not read? I mean seriously. "OIS only helps to make sure that the image is stabilized so that when the shutter stays open longer it won't have any blurring or movement." I mentioned that, yes, the OIS allows the shutter to stay open longer which allows better low light photography. However, the shutter being opened longer is what is really responsible for the better low light photography. The OIS just helps with that. You could put your phone on a tripod and take good low light pictures without needing OIS. The OIS just allows you to now be able to hold your phone and take good low-light photos. And, again, Nokia was not the first to implement that. They may have been the first to take OIS and combine it with a camera that had a higher ISO or with software that allowed the shutter to remain open longer (in night scene modes), but they were not the first to implement OIS.

72. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Didn't You say "Better low light images have nothing to do with OIS"" ? Yes .That's what I am saying. " They may have been the first to take OIS and combine it with a camera that had a higher ISO or with software that allowed the shutter to remain open longer (in night scene modes)," Don't you Understand what you are writing.?Read again what I wrote,

75. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Did you not read when I said: "You could put your phone on a tripod and take good low light pictures without needing OIS"? So, yes, my statement was correct. OIS allows better low light images while HOLDING the device because it decreases the shaking associated with the shutter being opened for long periods of time. If you want to make a blanket statement that OIS makes your nighttime photos better because you are assuming that the phrase "while holding the device" is inferred, then you can go right ahead. I was merely responding to the claims that OIS is directly responsible for better low light photography when it really only assists in that aspect. It is really the job of the shutter speed and ISO that allows you to take great nighttime photos.

80. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

they demonstrated it but didnt implement it nokia was the first to mass produce it in a phone they didnt invent OIS but set the trend to include it in celphones

82. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2513; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No, they did implement it into a smartphone, the Sharp AQUOS SH-01D.

84. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but still doctor phil, nokia lead them to the implementation of OIS. sharp is shadowed and ignored even though first.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Available on all 4 major US carriers. That's a good start.

5. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

4.2 or 4.3?

37. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Too lazy to read! -_- Go read!

6. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Talk about SEXY!

7. papss unregistered

I'm pretty pumped for this phone..i can't wait for nor details regarding unique software and hopefully they don't kill support early in its life

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