LG G2

LG has been teasing the new G2 on and off for over a month, and today as their presentation in New York kicked off they went ahead and made it official. The new handset looks to offer innovation with things like an edge-to-edge design, Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, and of course the rear-button design.

The specs are no slouch, either:

  • Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • Colors: Black / White 

We're still having a little one-on-one time with the G2, but wanted to pass along LG's news. Hit the break for the full press release.

LG G2 INTRODUCES NEW DIRECTION IN SMARTPHONE DESIGN 

More Than 130 Global Wireless Carriers on Board to Roll Out LG’s Latest Premium Device

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone LG G2, the first smartphone introduced under LG’s new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s aim to bring forth more customer-centric innovations.

Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries converged at the renowned Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for the global introduction of the device. Based on LG’s research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, the smartphone offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.

“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

New Perspective in Smartphone Design
The LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. The LG G2 shifts the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located. Researchers found that moving the buttons also resulted in fewer dropped phones when adjusting the volume while talking.

Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemoTM and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before. And if the LG G2 is lying on a surface face up, there’s no need to lift the phone to access the power button on the back. With KnockON, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display.

Edge-to-Edge Display and Best-In-Class Power Capacity
LG upped the ante by incorporating a 5.2-inch Full HD display in the LG G2, the largest display designed for one-handed operation in today’s popular 2.7-inch width smartphone category. In addition to the expansive viewing experience, LG’s innovative Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge. And with proven IPS technology, the LG G2 offers superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion.

For more efficient energy usage, the LG G2 employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology. GRAM reduces the display’s energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 10 percent. And with a generous 3,000mAh battery that is thoughtfully designed to take maximum advantage of the interior space, the LG G2 is more than ready for a full day’s work or play.

OIS and High Resolution for Great Pictures
The LG G2’s high-resolution camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments. Most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. The G2 is unique in that it offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. And fea-tures such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.

Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound
In recent years, there has been an increase in consumer demand for superior sound in smartphones as high-quality multimedia content becomes more ubiquitous. Smartphones have become hubs for entertainment of all kind — TV shows, movies, games — and consumers expect the sound to be just as good as the image. The LG G2 is the first smartphone on the market today to feature 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound, far superior to a CD. Now consumers can hear a level of audio realism that hasn’t been possible before in a smartphone.

Practical UX Connected to Everyday Life
Research shows that the most frequently used smartphone features are the most basic ones that users often take for granted such as SMS, social networking, directions and of course, making phone calls. The LG G2 comes with a number of compelling user experience (UX) features that provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks: 

- 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 — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
- QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized 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.
- Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern. 

Unmatched Performance with Next Generation LTE
The LG G2 runs on the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Processor and redefines the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Through a long-term partnership collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, LG was able to deploy the chipset integrated perfectly with the LG G2 hardware to offer powerful and yet stable performance.

Following the global launch event in New York City on August 7, the LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Specific dates for market availability will vary by region and carrier.

Key Specifications:
- Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
- Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
- Memory: 32GB / 16GB
- RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
- Colors: Black / White 

 

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LG finally makes the G2 official

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Not sure they were ever 'gone' just kinda in the shadows. But I agree with the sentiment. I recently picked up the Nexus 4 and love what LG did with a Nexus device. And this thing seems to be an absolute beast. There are so many things I like about it. .1 in. side bezels, 5.2 in screen with a significantly smaller form fact (the front side is basically all screen). The on screen nav buttons, and I like the chance they took with the back button placement. I will have to give that a shot to see how functional it is for me personally. Oh yah... and you gotta love that battery size. This 'should' give Samsung a run for their money, IMO this looks like it is going to be tops over the S4.

This is the first phone that really feels next generation to me though, IMO the S4 and HTC One just felt like nexus 4+, but this and the Sony Honami are probably going to change the game up a lot.

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This amazing device. The device is smaller than the HTC DNA on Verizon with a .2" bigger screen. Boy did they pack it in. Nice job LG.

Couldn't agree more. This looks excellent! I hear people say "LG sucks" but what's not to like about this phone from what we've been shown?

How do the ppi compare to that of the HTC One? This phone looks crazy fast..

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The ppi of the One is about 469. They both have the same resolution, the LG just spreads it across a slightly larger medium.

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Nice! Now lets see what Verizon does with it.

And que the cries of non-expandable memory in 3, 2, 1...

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I am truly stuck now.......the phone options we have are awesome.

GS4, One, Xperia Z, X, now the G2?

Damn it feels good to be a fanboy.

Interesting, the 3GB RAM leaks were wrong. Other than that, specs look amazing, especially the battery size.

Wow, never really liked LG phones, but this one looks sweet.
Guest Mode is an awesome feature!! Pay attention samsung!

A couple of these features actually were more or less begun by Samsung.

That being said, I would take this in a heartbeat over anything else on the market right now.

fellow 49ers fan.... I im in the same boat.. From everything I read it has expandable memory

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Been a 49ers fan since '80...

Well, if it does has expandable memory, all I need to hear now is what the Galaxy Note 3 will be bringing to the dance. That will decide where my $$$$ will go.

I'm with you. I can wait a month to see what the Note 3 have in store. I'm not the biggest fan of a none removable battery either, but this is really making me rethink that. LOL Hopefully it has expandable memory.

Now it's time for the defense's closing arguments which will be held on 9/4 by Samsung in the case "#4.2.2 LG optimus g2 vs Samsung Galaxy note 3 - who's gonna get my money"

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Being a Nexus fanboy, I have to admit this is something. Now let's see what LG will do for N4-2 and/or N5!

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I hope it does have a bigger screen. If they can shrink the bezels, then the bigger screen could fit in the same size frame.

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Was excited, but not any more. No micro sd. 32gb version would work but I'm on Sprint and I'm betting AT&T or Verizon will get 32gb exclusives on LG like HTC One with its 64gb version. But we will hope. Maybe Sprint with request micro sd like on HTC Evo LTE. I can dream.

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I F care. The cloud only works with a reliable unlimited fast connection. Not everybody has that. And not being able to swap out batteries is another killer. Samsung is the only company that gets that. And guess what? They are killing everyone else.

Agreed.. But my network is great.. Its just im not unlimited any longer.. & I dont like having to babysit a cloud... If i downloaded 2 movies and 4 mixtapes today when i get home... to add to my list of things i have to do.. I gotta now upload to my cloud...

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I care, I have GS3 with 16gb with 64gb micro. Cost me $50 for 64gb micro. There's no good reason not to include micro sd. None

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Yes, technically speaking, there most definitely is. Use the powah of the internetz to educate yourself.

MicroSD is going the way of the dinosaur. Motorola/Google, HTC, and LG have taken steps to disassociate themselves from expandable storage and it ain't coming back.

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I am so tired of the complaining about the lack of expandable memory. Google has not supported it in the last 3 Nexus devices and they have made it clear that it is a thing of the past. It's not that expandable memory is a bad thing, but it should be no surprise that the new devices don't include it. I just don't understand how no expandable memory or removable battery can be a "dealbreaker" on all of these awesome devices.

Such a dumb comment. HTC created a One clone device with removable battery and expandable storage for Asian markets. Why?because they know hundreds of millions of people want it. It's just the idiots in America and Europe who are content with putting their info or files on cloud storage or by paying high data fees just to be able to get their content.

How is getting 32 to 64gb of extra memory a bad thing? You can fit all your videos, music, pictures on expandable memory and free up phone space for the crazy sized apps and games that are coming out.

It's simple greed. They get you to use their services, they get you to pay for things like unlimited data, plus with the NSA scandal we are seeing that almost all major corporations were complicit in sharing all your info.

They can put a microSD slot in a phone the same way they have a sim card slot. Use a pin to open, this way it maintains integrity of the design as well.

And for those folks saying it's going the way of the dodo bird, wrong. Faster cards with more space coming out everyday.

And my final point. What is the best selling phone of the past two years? What are the two things it has that other phones like the Nexus 4 and HTC One don't? Removable battery and expandable storage. As long as Samsung gives the consumer choice and is not pushing their services or forcing users to sacrifice storage, they'll win. Wait till the Note III comes.

I wouldn't care if there was a 64GB option because I would get that. Cloud storage is good but sometimes you just want all your stuff with you. You don't have to criticize everyone else's preferences.

B just killed my high.... I no sd card is a deal-breaker.. I I've been tried no SD card slot with gnex and I can't do it...I hope this is wrong.. I want this phone

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I think the nexus 5 will be pretty epic. Just like this phone. Not so crazy about 5.2 inches, but I'll get used to it.

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Game changer point blank..if G2 had 4.3 it would be out of bounds maybe development options as well maybe in locked boot loader...

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Looks unreal. LG is a contender. Thought it would ship with 4.3 but not a big deal. Excited to see other options, wish the Gnex took notes lol.

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After being spoiled by wireless charging on the N4 and new N7, I hope and pray the Nexus variant of the G2 includes it.

- Memory: 32GB / 16GB
- RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
32GB/16GB is Storage - not Memory.
RAM is Memory, the working area of a computer.
Memory has the same meaning as RAM.
The storage is simply "Storage" or "Flash Memory" but it is not "Memory".
Let's all work together to keep things clear. The big number is "Storage" or "Flash Memory". The small number is "RAM" or "Memory".

One thing not mentioned in that video is u can customize ur phone buttons at the bottom...ur home.. Menu and multi task.. Etc

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Looks like LG made a very powerful phone in a very classy, understated way - I like this alot. Lots of nice customisations.

Think I just found my next phone!

This is what the MOTO X should have been. Then that pricing makes sense. Moto may be in a world of hurt unless that marketing does some kind of voodoo magic.

All these korean companies do the best is copy & paste! Be it cars or cell phones.....No research ,No innovation!

Awsome! Been waiting for this since early speculations. I'm still rockin my galaxy s2 and wasnt impressed when the s4 came out. So now I think I may got get this lg g2 looks amazing!

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Its not a smartphone its a smartblet.How can you call something with a 5.2 inch display a smartphone ? Anything bigger than 4.5 inches is a smartblet.

I can't stand trying to handle a small phone anymore, I just had to switch from my GN to an old GS2 and it was unpleasant...Frankly the LG's 5.2 looks pretty svelte to me! With no bezel to speak of. My bigger problem is avoiding a carrier phone, hope there is an unlocked version,soon.