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LG Announces the G2 With 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 5.2-inch FHD Display, 3,000mAh Battery, and More

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Well, the LG G2 event just kicked off in NYC, but LG went ahead and sent out the official press release for the phone. This is LG’s new flagshp for 2013, and boy does it sound like a beast. We just went from the Moto X unveiling where the focus was off of specs, and now to this, where it’s all about next-gen everything. It will be available over the next 8 weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets.

The G2 uses a 5.2-inch Full HD display with 423ppi that is the world’s thinnest, according to LG. It also runs a Snapdragon 800 processor, which is Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful to date. We’re also looking at 16GB or 32GB storage options, 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz RAM, rear 13MP camera, 2.1MP front camera, 3,000mAh battery, Android 4.2.2, and both black or white versions, all packed into a body that is 8.9mm thick.

The display is mostly edge-to-edge (2.65mm), but also uses Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology to reduce battery consumption by up to 26%. They also included that 3,000mAh battery to make sure you get plenty of life.

On the back, you’ll find the volume and power switches, something that is new to the smartphone game. LG thought this move made sense because people tend to hold their phone this way, but they also tossed in some features thanks to the new placement. You can quickly launch QuickMemo or wake the screen.

The camera is equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer, LG used  24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi sound for audi playback, is ready for LTE (and LTE Advanced), and is using a new UI with specially built software features.

Update:  The G2 will arrive on the four major U.S. carriers, which we would assume means Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Update 2:  Here is a spec showdown between the G2, Galaxy S4, Moto X, HTC One, and Nexus 4.

Update 3:  Be sure to check out our hands-on video tour of the G2. Also, you’ll want to see the new customizable features that the phone offers.

Here is the shortened spec list:

– 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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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 features 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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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and innovator in mobile communications. With its breakthrough technologies and innovative designs, LG continues to establish a number of benchmarks in the smartphone market, while also helping create a better lifestyle for consumers by delivering a wholly enhanced smartphone experience. As a leader in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, LG continues its commitment to developing ground-breaking LTE technologies and fulfilling consumer demands with differentiated LTE devices of the highest quality, all of which are based on the company’s wealth of LTE patents and technical knowledge. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

  • Taglogical

    IMO, this LG packages for the first time, all of the technologies that we have nerdgasmed over (since the OG Droid), in all of their glorious maturity: a perfect display, robust processor/graphics, battery (huge AND removable!!) , storage (32 on-board PLUS SD woot), camera (finally, quality pictures what?!), thin construction etc. (IR!?) … This has functionality as a ‘computer in your pocket’ like no other smartphone before it.

    I LOVE Motorola, and I wish I had the money to play with the Moto X because I truly think Googlerola has revolutionized and blown the dust off a dormant segment with the Moto X (and the entire new Droid lineup): the PDA (this is what the Palm Pilots were trying to do “okay Google, now”). But Motorola did-so at the expense of the ‘computer’ I have grown accustomed to having in my pocket – I would LOVE to have an X8 daughtered to the 800 in this G2 (for the ‘touchless control’ and the Moto X notifications etc.), but I’m thinking this G2 is going to replace my Bionic (finally) and I will remain very excited for the ‘next phone’ from Googlerola – Moto neXt?

  • The Phenom

    No SD Slot makes me not want this.

    • Taglogical

      It has SD in the battery compartment

      • The Phenom

        Will wait and see if they will truly support it.

  • Russ

    That’s a lot of big numbers on the spec sheet, but it’s still running a skin. I don’t know first hand how LG’s is, but historically those have made for a bumpier user experience even with high end specs. It will be interesting to see all the reviews of this and the Moto X once they are out, and how they suit people’s individual needs.

    Personally, I have small hands and short thumbs and my GNex is already hard to use one-handed. I can imagine these 5″ behemoths being straight up uncomfortable. And plus, now that I have a tablet I don’t find myself playing games, watching movies, or web browsing on my phone nearly as much. I’ll be trying lots of phones when my December upgrade rolls around, but I have a feeling the size of this thing plus the skinned OS is going to be enough to push me away. And no, I don’t want something I have to root and ROM to get what I want. Got tired of that after the Droid.

  • Sirx

    I’m not gonna lie–Everytime I hear something new about this phone, it sounds better! Good Battery? On Screen Keys? Good (on-paper) camera tech? This is serious contention.
    If this has SD, removeable battery, good speakers, then this will be my G’nex’s fate!

    • Taglogical

      (SD) Check. (removable Bat) Check. And (supposedly) Check+ on the speakers.

  • Xavier Dyer

    I wont even fight it, just take my money..

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    stupid LG logo on the front = denied
    stupid slow UI skin just because they felt it necassary to deprive their users of the Google experience = denied
    Verizon not launching it until this time next year = priceless

  • Robert Macri

    SD Card?

  • Trevor

    Yay, another 5+ inch screen. Oops, barfed in my mouth a little bit.

  • Anon

    I thought the whole point of moving the volume keys and switch to the back was to allow for a thin design, yet this phone is 8.9mm thick and the Galaxy S4 is 7.9 mm? Am I missing something?

    • LionStone

      3000mAh battery and no goofy physical button or protruding camera lens…

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Well the specs are nice, but is anyone else disappointed by the software features? They all sound gimmicky to me. And no always on awareness? I thought that was a feature of the S800?

  • Radgatt

    Pretty soon it will be announced that at&t has exclusive on the 32gb version.

  • Dave

    Volume keys on the back? Man LG….so close but so far.

  • Sporttster

    No SD slot? You’ve got to be f’ing kidding me!! This phone, too??? Well, guess no go for this one, either.

    • Taglogical

      It’s expandable – It has an SD; in the battery compartment

  • paul_cus

    Might just have to. LG is impressing me with this phone.

  • Charlie

    No expandable me no buy…

    • socarwolverine

      It is expandable.

  • schlanz

    GN3 will best this but it’s the most exciting device LG has ever announced. Hopefully it lands on VZW because they’ve never had a great LG smartphone.

  • Jackson

    Where are the damn speakers