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LG Teases the G2 Mini Ahead of Its MWC Unveiling

LG G2 mini

The LG G2 MINI is now official, thanks to a teasing of the device through LG’s Facebook page. The note says to “experience the MINI” on February 24 at Mobile World Congress (MWC). So yeah, that’s happening and will no longer be any sort of surprise. Well, we had an idea that the phone was coming after seeing a Bluetooth SIG filing, but this takes any guessing out of the name.

What about specs? The flagship G2 launched as a phone with some of the highest and most impressive specs any mobile phone had ever seen. But with phones labeled “Mini,” we tend to see low or mid-range devices that can be purchased on the cheap or in emerging markets. Rumors surrounding this G2 MINI suggest that it may have a qHD display. Let’s hope not. We would much rather LG go Sony’s route with the Z1 Compact, a smaller device that still rocks out with high-end specs (our hands-on). 

Here is the full image from the Facebook post so that you can see all of the cute little minis.

lg g2 mini

Via:  Facebook
  • sonicyoof

    The images seem to suggest this is going to be gimmicky marketing towards women… Like that purple HTC phone.

  • chris_johns

    those back buttons though..i cant

  • Sankyou

    C’mon LG – this thing could be a beast! Only reason I ditched the G2 was because of its size but if the rumors are correct – no thanks.

  • paul_cus

    If they go Sony’s route, this will get my consideration for sure.

  • Jeremy Gross

    so its coming with android cupcake……

  • hyperbeatser

    qHD? what is this 2011?

  • Cliff Wynne

    Thats nice how bout they give us 4.4.2 as well on the US LG G2….

    • RiceCake

      Nope. Instead of creating brand loyalty by releasing updates they are just going to copy samsung from a year or so ago and just flood the market with a new device every 2~3 months. :D

      • Cliff Wynne

        Dangnabit….

      • The Narrator

        You forgot the /s

  • ahhh yes

    all that pink mean t-mobile?

    • A.J.

      Possibly, but LG uses that same magenta type color for their Smart World app. It’s almost a secondary color for them. I think they are trying to get away from flat red for some reason.

  • T4rd

    qHD should be banned for all 2014+ phones. There have been 4.3″ phones with 720p (starting with the Rezound, I think) since 2011.

    • JoshGroff

      Works fine on smaller screens, but 1080 is pretty much a requirement when you hit 5″+.

      • Adrynalyne

        The Note 2 looked fine at 720p ;)

        • T4rd

          Indeed it does! Still loving my Note 2. It helps that it’s a RGB display too though. When I think qHD, I think of the horrible pentile qHD displays that Moto put in their 2011 phones (Droid 3, Bionic, Droid Razrs). Those displays were probably the worst I’ve seen on a smart phone, much worse than the OG Droid I had at the time with WVGA.

          • Adrynalyne

            OMG, yes, those Motos were so very bad. That white pixel pattern they threw into it to “save power” made it look like you were looking through a screen door.

            I’m cool with RGB 720p. Pentile 720p, no way. Moto Pentile 720p, not uh. Moto Pentil qHD, take it out back and shoot it.

        • drparty

          Its still looking pretty fine! ;-)

        • JoshGroff

          I was fine with it, but comparing it side to side with the DNA (Which I upgraded to once S-off was obtained) was a pretty major difference, especially with small text on web pages.

          • Adrynalyne

            It wasn’t that major to me, and I would have been one to notice. I returned my DNA and got the Note 2. Text wasn’t quite as clear, but you can sharpen up text without raising pixel count or resolution. My HP 27xi monitors might only be 1080p, but when they are set to optimize text, it is crisp and clear. Without it, it looks bad….really, really bad.

          • JoshGroff

            I wasn’t aware you could sharpen the text outside of mods.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m not sure how they do it, to be honest. Let me see if I can snap a photo of it and show you.

          • Adrynalyne

            This is without text enhancement
            https://www.dropbox.com/s/jywbo8rmf0zuk3f/2014-02-12%2010.12.23.jpg

            This is with text enhancement
            https://www.dropbox.com/s/0e7lyeljtdatq4u/2014-02-12%2010.13.12.jpg

            It looks like they manipulate the color profile to do it. This is not done with software, but the monitor firmware itself. I spend a lot of time coding, so I usually just leave it in text mode.

          • JoshGroff

            That makes a world of difference!

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah I was skeptical at first, but was truly impressed.

      • T4rd

        Yeah, if it was 4″ or below, qHD would be fine. But at 4.3″ I don’t know why they would skimp on such an easy/cheap upgrade when you know it’s easily doable and probably costs nothing to upgrade to for a noticable difference.

        • JoshGroff

          Costs little to nothing for them, but they still like charging a premium for the screen bump, which is bad for small budget devices.

  • Jeff C

    Mmm…cupcakes

  • calum wilper

    why put back buttons on the little one?

  • Adam

    Started to think it had Cupcake OS on it. LOL