The wait is finally over. After months of speculation and leaks, LG have officially revealed their new flagship phone, the G2. The device was launched at an event in New York City early on this morning Australian time.
One of the most striking features of the G2 is the design. The power and volume buttons are located on the back of the phone, just under the camera lens. This means that the front and sides of the phone are completely devoid of physical buttons, with everything else being handled by onscreen soft keys. LG believes that having the buttons on the back makes more sense for larger devices, and will make it easier to adjust volume while talking. If the phone is placed on its back, the device can still be woken up by double-tapping the screen.
Most of the specs come as no surprise to most, as the majority of recent rumours were proven to be correct. The G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display and a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU, meaning it will be the first smartphone launched worldwide powered by the Snapdragon 800 processor. The G2 also features a very thin bezel, at just 2.65mm. This means that the screen on the G2 runs practically edge-to-edge, giving you maximum screen real-estate. Other specs include 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz RAM, 3000mAh battery, LTE-Advanced, studio-quality sound (24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback), 13MP rear camera with optical image stabiliser (OIS), 2.1MP front camera and is running Android 4.2.2. The device measures 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, and will come in 16GB and 32GB models.
The LG G2 also has a bunch of features designed to enhance the user experience:
- Answer Me: Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear
- Plug & Pop: Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected
- Text Link: Information embedded in text messages can be selected and easily saved in memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet
- Guest Mode: Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern
- QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remote controls and be customised to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys
- Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe
Last year’s flagship, the LG Optimus G, was the basis for Google’s Nexus 4, and if the rumours are true Google could end up going down the same path with the G2, so the excitement is even greater than usual for this device. Though pricing has yet to be revealed, LG have announced that the G2 will be released globally on over 130 carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. It is unclear where Australia fits in to this global launch, but hopefully the G2 arrives here sooner rather than later. We’ll keep close watch in the coming days for any Australian-specific details, and will be sure to let you know.
What do you think of the G2? Is it everything you hoped for, or did you expect more? Will you be buying one? Do you think this could be the Nexus 5? Let us know in the comments!