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LG G2 User Manual Leaks, Shows microSD Storage and Removable Battery

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Even though the LG G2 will be unveiled at a press event on Wednesday in NYC, the leaks continue to pour in with details that we had yet to confirm. According to a leaked copy of the user guide for the device, the G2 will feature a removable battery (possibly 2600mAh), use nano SIM cards (same as the new Moto X), and contain a microSD slot for expandable storage, something only Samsung seems to want to do these days. The rest of the details have been known for some time, all of which will be confirmed in a couple of days.Β 

From previous leaks and announcements by LG, we know that the device will sport the world’s slimmest full HD (1080p) display at 5.2-inchesΒ and run a Snapdragon 800 processor.Β We’re also looking at an incredibly thin body with the G2, one that is so thin that they have decided to put power button and volume rocker on the back of the device, underneath the camera lens. The G2 will run LG’s newest custom skin atop Android 4.2.2 and carry 2GB RAM.

All signs point to this being LG’s best device yet. The display looks gorgeous, it has on-screen navigation keys (which we’re fans of), and may arrive on all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon.

To see the phone in action, be sure to check out this video.

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Via: Β NoWhereElse | Engadget

  • Everett

    I so wish I could get this phone :`( but now I can cuz of the non removable back, never thought I’d be the guy to say that but I do have a 64gb sdcard on my GS3 and can’t settle for less than 32gb. Do I really wanna give LG extra money? Especially when korea gets a removable back -_____-

  • jaren parker

    the LG G 2 will not have a removable battery or micro SD card slot. All of those who had your hopes up bury them in the ground and light it on fire. I’ve been waiting 4 months to get a phone particularly this one it was a major letdown. I’m curious as to where these Android news sites got the information aboutthese two key features. Hopefully the International varianRe will support them

  • RaptorOO7

    So where did the removable battery and microSD slot go. I guess this manual is BS or for S.Korea only.

  • The Yankee

    Iv’e played with the Moto X about 2 weeks ago..good phone but def not stellar. Followed by the Ultra which I can tell you is prob the worst disappointment of a phone this year. Finally we come to the LG this weekend,,,,let me say I haven’t this pleasantly surprised in a phone in quite some time. The best kept secret on the phone is the battery life. Yes I know what your thinking 2600 mAh (It’s actually bigger BTW) The phone has integrated solar panels that give this phone the best battery i have ever seen. The First day of use I charged the phone after heavy use and 12 hours later I was still at 68% battery!! THIS is the phone most people have been waiting for. Should be out be mid September,

  • bos

    How was bootloader unlock and dev support on the first G?

  • Tony Stark

    I remember my last LG phone, the LG Ally from Iron Man 1.

  • Higher_Ground

    So aside from customizable colors, this seems to blow the Moto X out of the water. Unfortunately they’ve decided to go crazy with the power button placement – maybe that design won’t make it to the states.

    • poop

      It’s not crazy because it’s innovative. They’re not going to change the design for another region (at least, not so drastically as to move the power + volume buttons). Don’t judge it yet, though. (I’m assuming) You still haven’t gotten the chance to hold it and get used it.

      • Higher_Ground

        Yeah I’m withholding judgment but my initial impression isn’t great. I just think it’ll take a bit of getting used to. I know it’s always funny to hand someone your phone, and if they don’t have the same model, to watch them fumble for the power button.

  • poop

    Phone of the year 2013. These last pieces were all I was missing to seal the deal. No matter what specs come out in the coming days, I am definitely letting LG take my money.

  • Tyler

    Does anyone else think that the button on the back would be annoying?

  • starnovsky

    Nexus 5 donor? Very well could be.

  • Mike

    You guys can’t write a single article without mentioning the X huh?

  • G2forme

    Beautiful job LG!


  • Razma

    my last LG phone was the Voyager, lol

    • mine too haha

    • Higher_Ground

      LG VX7000 πŸ™‚

    • Joseph A. Yager

      Dare for me. Truly terrible device. Took me until the G2 to be interested in LG again

    • landon

      Env touch, built like a brick. Hacked it with bitpim :d

  • pookietookie

    Volume rocker on the back? Ughhh not sure how I feel about that…

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Reserving judgement til hands-on, but that power switch is initially a major turn-off.

    I don’t care how thin you can make it, just make it fit my hand dang it.

  • TheWenger

    Nexus please.

  • I must say it’s really fun watching LG at least try to compete with Samsung in the raw capabilities arena. Everyone else seems to have given up.

    • michael arazan

      HTC hasn’t given up, they still need more polish but they are moving in the right direction when they came out with the one x, and now the one. I don’t like sense but I like the HTC One in design and a Nexus Experience option

  • Daniel

    Now if only they make a less-huge version…or one with a keyboard πŸ˜‰

    • Maybe on the 1st, never on the 2nd.

  • htowngtr

    Consider me “meh” on LG until something actually worthwhile hits. They always seem to have these awesome devices on a spec sheet but nothing ever delivers.

    • Droidzilla

      N4, though it could be argued that it was Google who delivered there. Wasn’t the Optimus G a well received phone, though?

      • Tojen1981

        Optimus g has the best screen on the market still IMO. I’ve played with both the s4 and the One and neither impress me for a 1080p screen.

  • Elliot Kotis

    If it is 5.2 and the N5 is based on it, I will be sad πŸ™ 5″ Max. I like LG, not their samsung crap, but the LG look (like this ^), and hope it is 5″, because I love Nexus even more.

    • justin

      Those .2 inches matter when the bezel is slim to none?

  • Removable battery LOLLLLL! What year is this? Do companies not care about user experience?

    Why would LG make this.

    • Kamesen

      Umm, what? Are you trolling or are you just trolling? Why would you choose to not have a removable battery?

      • I would choose to buy a well designed device that doesn’t need one. It’s a compromise that is the result of poor design.

        • Kamesen

          Current battery technology dictates ability to hold capacitive charge falls off well before the 2 year mark. Either you’re going to be replacing your phone before then or you’re going to wish you could replace the battery.

          Look at the steps you have to follow to even get near 500 charges: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-tips-for-extending-lithium-ion-battery-life/

          Your opinion is a little (a lot) off-kilter.

          • Oh, I have a phone with Li-po (lithium polimer) batteries, the Razr Maxx. Again, you are pointing out the inferior design of these other phones.

        • Chris Hannan

          I’d rather keep a spare battery charging and swap it out before my phone dies than be tethered to a wall or carry a charging brick.

    • j

      demoted to 100% troll status. can’t be serious.

  • elpeterson76

    Oh LG and Samsung, every time I see one of your physically beautiful phones, I thank god for Nova Launcher.

  • turdbogls

    whats with the color pallet down the right side? is that a common LG thing…or is that pointing to a customizable phone? I would love to see this, and the Nexus 5 with the customization that the Moto X has.

    also, very happy to see this using LCD instead of OLED….i am so over OLED panels.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Curious about the same thing. Colors?

    • My guess would be that this is a scan of an uncut page or a proof. The color spectrum you see is there for the printers to be sure that the colors mixture stays true while the pages print. Those would be cut off before binding.

      • turdbogls

        makes sense….thanks for crushing my dreams πŸ˜›

  • CasperTFG

    That video made me hot under the collar.

  • Walter Partlo

    So, an LG phone has a removable battery and SD card? Just like samsung?

    • EC8CH


      • Walter Partlo

        I know. The next thing you know they will have their own custom skin that looks like Touchwiz…

        • EC8CH

          LG Feelpiss?

    • Elliot Kotis

      Grow up, samsung didn’t invent this. They customera apparently want this, so LG give it. I don’t, but most do. N4 = almost perfect body design (glass was amazing, scratch prone though).

      • Walter Partlo

        I refuse to grow up, so piss off. :-p

      • fish1552

        Not to mention that Motorola had the same things with the OG Droid, and just about every manufacturer had them when Android started out. Companies putting them back in are just adding them due to consumer demand.
        Personally, I have no need for an SD card any more. I really only used my SD card on my Xoom for flashing stuff, but I don’t miss it on my GNex. I wonder if I picked up a device with one if it would ever get used? But to each their own.

        • Higher_Ground

          I think it’s one of those things where it’s convenient when you have it but you dont’ necessarily miss it once it’s gone.

          I took the card out of my droid x and put it in my tablet; haven’t really had a need for one with the gnex.

          • Higher_Ground

            Flash on the other hand, i do miss a lot. Glad my tablet still supports it even on 4.2

    • Walter Partlo

      Bunch of people getting awfully butthurt about a bad joke. Time to leave you basements and get some air.

  • SD Card slot, based on that, you might be able to remove this from the “next Nexus” list. i said “might”.

    • duke69111

      I wouldn’t think that would be totally accurate as they could just leave the sd card option off.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    just a powerhouse with a good screen and good camera. Nothing special here. yay exciting.

    from what i know and see anyway…

  • JonathonFlores

    The only thing that makes me not consider this phone is how LG handles the updates. It looks to be a nice device thoguh.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      I’m always worried about that with any OEM – but I always end up ROMing anyway, so then I can control updates – hoping that this phone has a developer base.

      • JonathonFlores

        I guess that’s what I meant to say as well. I’ve never waited for an official OTA update being that I’m always flashing ROMS but if this has no dev support, it won’t get any love from the tech junkies here.

  • DanSan

    damn that screenshot screams touchwiz….

    • Tyler Durden

      LG is always copying samsung

      • Elliot Kotis

        Nope, lg optimus -g was being produced when Samsung changed touchwiz, sane ui, no copy, and it Samsung beat them to the punch. Phones take 18 months to a year you know?

        • Tyler Durden

          The G pro was a blatant ripoff of the Note 2.

          • j

            yup.. large screen, rounded corners, centralized action button. Totally a rip off of that one single device, and completely different from every other device.

          • Tyler Durden

            I don’t have time for ignorant/blind people. Go about your business LG fanboys.

          • G2forme

            i think you are an ignorant or blind person!

          • j

            Step into reality man.. You’re complaining about copying copies of a copy.

          • justin

            LG fanboys exist!?

          • G2forme

            side, by side, front, back, upper, bottom, even the overall size measurements they are TOTALLY DIFFERED !


  • Tom Luley

    Hmmm, will THIS be Kellen’s next daily driver? Or the Moto X…DECISIONS! Good decisions.

  • O, this phone doesn’t come in WOOD? PASS!

    • Ryan

      You’re like an annoying fly that won’t go away in this comment section.

      • Rude. πŸ™

      • TSObsessed

        O.M.G you’re so hawt πŸ™‚

  • shelderman

    So doesn’t this mean everytime you put the phone in your pocket, the screen will turn on since the power button will most likely get pressed?

    • Yup. Poorly designed. Good catch.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      I’m guessing (hoping) that they thought of that already considering they are making a huge statement/risk with this hardware choice. Time will tell.

    • Ryan

      Pressed? Looks like to me you have to slide it up or down. Lets not jump to conclusions until we get some press renders.

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        Pressed… the volume rockers are the up and down arrows.

    • Jeff C

      maybe the power button will be slightly recessed so only a finger can press it? sign me up as an engineer LG!!

    • Higher_Ground

      You’d still have to press it. I assume it sticks out no more than the power button on the side, which still occasionally gets pressed (which is also why we have a lockscreen)

  • Godzilla

    Why is LED the only thing in english? LOL

    • They don’t bother making english marketing materials since they have never sold over a million phones here.

    • Kevin

      and only on the front and not the back.

  • Dale

    This may be my next phone.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      I’m with you on that sentiment. I’d also be happy if the next nexus were based off of this phone. Haters gonna hate, but I like what I’m seeing so far.

      • michael arazan

        LG phones from a year ago and before sucked badly, but they look very improved and polished now. But they still don’t update their phones much, my family and friends who had them were lucky to get an OS update in a year and a half if they got one at all, not including security patches of course, they are good at that.

    • Droidzilla

      I would have called you crazy a year ago, but after having my Nexus 4 for a while, I can’t argue with your potential choice. I’ve had and loved Motorola and Samsung devices, but the look and feel of my N4 is second to none.

      • Dale

        I would have called myself crazy a year ago!

        • Droidzilla

          I love how that works in the Android sphere. You don’t have to be married to Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony, etc.; you can simply get what’s good right now. It really creates an environment where OEMs have to make a good device or pay the penalty for it. Remember when HTC was considered top dog in the US, with Moto nipping at their heels? Now it’s Samsung at the top with LG nipping at their heels (arguably). Still waiting for Sony to pull their head out and stop shooting themselves in the foot; they’ll be a force to be reckoned with if they ever get their foot off the brakes, in my opinion.

          • Dale

            Absolutely, you should pick what’s best for you at the time regardless of brand. My first was the OG Droid, then Droid X, now GNex, and next is unknown. I would definitely give Sony a shot, but I don’t know if we’ll ever see a Sony Verizon phone. May the best man (phone) win!

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            I am in the exact same boat as you. I have had a plethora of other devices in between these but the three you named were the only phones I kept for longer than 2 months. The bar has been set high for us and we are still riding the bench waiting for our opportunity to jump back in the game. Really thought the Moto X was that opportunity but I am sure you will agree, it wasn’t.

          • fish1552

            I’d say the same about Motorola. The X Phone sounded so promising in pre-release leaks, but on release announcement day, we found they really screwed the pooch. What sounded like it was going to bring me back into the Motorola fold turned out to be just one more confirmation that they are out of touch with most Android diehards.
            Maybe they should stick with hand-held radios and give up on cell phones for the sake of us all.

          • Taglogical

            All that’s keeping me from Moto X is no SD, and that OLED (bleh) – a removable battery would be nice and HDMI is also a must. I am LOVING what Moto is doing with their Proc and touchless control and notifications etc. Moto is doing great and I may hold out for their next phone…

            I don’t like the idea of losing all my data if my battery dies ala the Moto X (ship for repairs and get a different phone back – this is where removable storage or battery is a huge factor)

          • marko358

            Sony has made a tremendous turn around with software updates this year.

  • Feel bad for LG. They are playing against Google/Moto and will fail miserably.

    • Godzilla

      LOL, what? Why would google want LG to fail? Seriously? Are you aware of how super happy google was with the LG Nexus 4?

      • I’m not saying that they WANT them to. They are about to run into a $500 million train though.

        Also, how happy is google with the Nexus 4? Details plz.

        I remember someone found out that they only sold 375,000 by January (holiday season). So i dunno man.

        • Tyler Durden

          Nexus devices aren’t really marketed so you should expect sales to be on the lower end. The only people that tend to be interested in the Nexus line are the die hard android fans. In case you don’t know, people like us are in the minority.

          • Tyler, i hear you. I didn’t bring up the nexus 4 though. I’m talking about this LG G2. I have never seen an LG phone in the streets of NYC other than a Nexus 4. They aren’t going to succeed here with a me-too device that just bumped up their specs.

          • Weber

            “Also, how happy is google with the Nexus 4? Details plz.”

          • Bi0nic

            You clearly mentioned the Nexus 4.

          • In response to someone else bringing it up.

          • Tyler Durden

            I like this guy

          • Tyler Durden

            Downvotes for you comment? Haters

        • starnovsky

          Nexus 4 has a huge supply issues and was permanently OOS

        • j

          Google doesn’t care too much about moving Nexus devices.. they aren’t a hardware manufacturer. Nexus phones are developer phones, and showcase phones. They come unlocked with stock Android, and give devs a change to work on a clean, baseline device. They are also showcase phones because they help guide device manufacturers into incorporating certain features, and they exhibit new Android features, such as NFC.

        • justin

          Are you crazy or crazy? Every single one of your comments have been near ludicrous.

    • Eric

      How? Moto flopped with the Moto X….

      • Ej McCarty

        Idk if flopped is the right word to describe it. More like bent everyone over and well… you know the rest haha

      • You’re insane if you believe that. Go see how much Guy Kawasaki and Scoble are hypebeasting. The MotoX is going to blow up.

        Meanwhile, you can still buy LG’s 2 year old phones at Verizon because nobody would ever buy this low end crap.

        • Eric

          Have you read everyone’s opinion? Yeah have fun with you’re Moto X.

          • Well I’m getting a Droid Maxx. And I have, yes.

            Have fun with this piece of junk. Just because a manufacturer sticks the latest processor in a new piece of plastic they pump out every 6 months doesn’t mean they know how to make a good phone. You like that LG OS skin?

          • Eric

            Droid Maxx? Ahahahaha have fun with that ugly mug. Also it’s called rooting.

          • Jeff C

            youre going with a Droid Maxx as your phone and youre poo pooing on LG’s G series. c’mon mannn

          • Motorola has the best lineage of any Android phone. Sorry. They are the holy grail.

          • Bi0nic

            You’re no better than the iSheep.

          • I’m sorry that I don’t care if my phone resembles “a pebble” and doesn’t have water noises built in. Or that I don’t want to spend days customizing a flawed software experience out of the box.

            The Moto Droid was a game changer. So is the X (see Scoble). See DROID-LIFE 1 article back.

            Hi, Haters.

          • j

            A game changer actually changes the game. Saying something is a game changer doesn’t make it so. The only game the Motor X is going to change is the phonejazzle game. Yay pretty colors FINALLY.. zzz. Bro, It’s a phone that is extremely similar to pretty much every other phone, and nothing more.

          • Really? what other phone has dedicated processors to keep the screen and sensors on all the time? I’m waiting for your response…

          • j

            Woohoo.. one small gimmick.. which has been attainable on other devices for some time with a little software tweaking. Totally changing the game bro.. You like, can just talkinstead of pressing one button then talking. whoa.. whoa.

        • Tyler Durden

          Most of the tech sites/android blogs aren’t exactly raving about the Moto X. They can hype it up all they want but until sales numbers come in you can’t say it is “going to blow up”.

          • Scoble just called it a “game changer”.

          • GoogleMan

            Engadget and The Verge both raved about it.

        • Elliot Kotis

          Moto x can’t beat lg g2 for the fact that it isn’t world bloody wide, it is moto us flagship, I am still waiting for Motorola flag bloody ship.

      • turdbogls

        can you see into the future? didn’t think so. just because the Moto X didn’t meet your octacore and $300 price unlocked expectations doesn’t mean the phone isn’t going to sell well.

        available on (almost) every carrier, comes in tons of colors, stock-ish android, nice specs, nice camera, good battery life, and advertising. you may hate this phone (for whatever reason) but lets be honest here…..advertising a phone sells it just as good as having high end specs.
        throw up a commercial showing a pink and purple phone, or showing the moto customizer thing…people will flock to this phone.

        • Elliot Kotis

          It is a flop. And as a flagship will fail. The only reason for this is the fact that it isn’t launching in Asia, Europe or Australia, I don’t know how moto can call this flagship. It is flop, I though the droid range was the America only moto.

          • turdbogls

            It hasn’t flopped nor failed yet….give it some time on the market before you state as such. i do agree though, that moto could have done things differently here. moto maker for everyone, have an unlocked version from the start, and sell in all markets with a stipulation that moto maker version would take Weeks to get to the consumer.

            but we can’t call this a Flop before it even hits the market. i personally think moto hit a home run here….made in USA, features that really are useful, and an option to customize it physically. to tech nerds (like most of us on this site) it is a flop, but to the average consumer, its probably going to do pretty well.

    • j

      YEA DUDE LG is totally going to fail, miserably.. I guess they’ll just have to fall back on the $143billion in revenue they made last year outside their smartphone division. πŸ™ poor, poor company.

      • I should’ve been more clear. Referring to US phone market. Thanks.

      • JonathonFlores

        Revenue isn’t profit.

    • fish1552

      I doubt that. The X Phone just sounds like a major let down. This device already sounds better IMO. But then, the X Phone sounded better before the official announcement too, so….

      • Higher_Ground

        yeah, i’ll hold off on my previous comparison until I see what kind of skin this is running an whether or not it’ll be unlocked on verizon. I’d have a hard time investing in an LG phone right now, unless it was the next nexus.