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LG G2 Mini is Official and Officially Low-end

Last night, during episode 50 of the DL Show, LG officially announced the G2 Mini. The press release confirms yesterday’s report that the phone isn’t anything to write home about, thanks to a collection of low-to-mid-range specs. It’s clear that this is aimed at emerging markets, rather than as a top-tier phone packed into a compact body, like the Moto X or Xperia Z1 Compact. 

In the G2 Mini, you are looking at a quad-core processor, 2.4-inch qHD (960×540) display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP camera, and a 2,440mAh battery. In terms of software, LG carried over “most” of the UX features from the G2, so you are getting Guest Mode, Plug & Pop, Clip Tray and Capture Plus.

The G2 Mini will be available in March in a variety of international markets. No U.S. plans have been announced.

Here are the official specs:

  • Chipset:   1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (LTE) / MSM8226 (3G)
    • 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad Core Tegra 4i (LATAM LTE version)
  • Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8GB eMMC / 1GB RAM / SD Card Slot
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP / 13.0MP (LATAM LTE version) / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,440mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 129.6 x 66.0 x 9.8mm
  • Weight: 121g
  • Network: Cat. 4 & VoLTE / Cat. 3(LATAM), HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, NFC (4G LTE version only)
  • Colors: Titan Black, Lunar White, Red, Gold (depending on region)
  • Other: Plug & Pop, Guest Mode, Clip Tray, Quick Window, etc.

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  • Garemlin

    If it is priced right and marketed as good as the G2 it will be a great seller. I wish I knew the price point as we are switching to AT&T very soon and have to buy three new phones outright. I already got my G2 to replace my VZW G2 and was going to get my daughter and gf the Moto G. They are both coming from iPhones and not worried about having high end devices.

  • Cael

    Oh red LG G Lite. Your outside is beautiful but your insides are horrible </3

  • Matthew

    “2.4-inch qHD”?2inch?

  • RiotingPanda

    Just a heads up, Kellen. In your article, you listed it as having a 2.4 inch qHD display.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Oh, red. Hey there.

  • Daniel

    since when is 4.7″ “mini”?! NOT MINI ENOUGH, and also lame that they gimped the specs so much…the Sony Z1 Compact manages to stuff the Snapdragon 800 into 4.3″ phone!

    • Diablo81588

      4.3 inch display with massive bezels.

  • middlehead

    2.4″ display? Is it 85% bezel?

    • cadtek91

      It’s a 4.7″ display.

  • WK

    wait wait wait. so this thing is launching with 4.4 and my G2 is still on 4.2? how does this make any sense? hopefully, the 4.4 on this phone is compatible with the regular G2s and someone will be able make a rom. thats probably the only good news to come from this G2 mini.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      ummm this was released after 4.4 was? So doesn’t it make sense it’ll launch with the latest?

      • Adrynalyne

        You would think, but if you look at what the G2 launched with….

        • The Narrator

          Are you talking about 4.3?

          G2- September
          4.4 – November

          • Adrynalyne

            Im talking about what the G2 launched with.


          • The Narrator

            You said G2 launching with latest OS, which was 4.3 not 4.4. That’s why i asked if you meant that

          • Adrynalyne

            No I didn’t.

            Pinocchio stated: So doesn’t it make sense it’ll launch with the latest?

            In which I replied:

            You would think, but if you look at what the G2 launched with….

            G2 should have launched with 4.3 IMO to make Pinocchio’s assessment accurate.

          • The Narrator

            So yes, G2 didn’t launch with 4.3. Aka latest OS. I thought you were talking about 4.4

          • Adrynalyne

            No sir.

      • OF

        Funny thing is, a lot of phones don’t launch with the latest OS version….

      • Cesar

        Someone should tell Archos about that.

    • Shawn Spring

      ^this – if the device tree is the same, I’m hoping for a SoD-less batch of KK ROMs to come our way real soon like. And by “our” I mean all of us G2 owners.

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      I’m okay with new devices launching with the latest version, but remember current customers are the ones that will comeback if they like your stuff. The fact that no release dates or even some form of transparency is missing annoys me.

    • truth_cutz

      It’s LG… So I’m not surprised you are still waiting.. My G pro still hasn’t been updated from 4.1. If you want the latest rom, you have to do it yourself, that’s what I did!

  • droidify

    At least the back isn’t shiny. I love my G2 but my feelings are a little hurt that this is launching with 4.4.

    • Ajmobileguru

      I think the white LG G2 doesnt have the shiny back problem. It looks tall and handsome 🙂 I agree with Kitkat on Mini and 4.2 on G2. Grrr… 🙁

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    lol LG really taking it OLD School with the qHD Screens. The price better reflect the specs.

    • Ajmobileguru

      that too on a 4.7 inch phone. 720p would have made it a winner.

  • calum wilper

    can haz small powerful phone please?

    • No, we’ll give you an English book instead.

      • calum wilper

        Does not want

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    • T4rd

      Sure, the iPhone 5S. You didn’t ask for a powerful OS, lolz. =p

  • Clift

    meanwhile LG G2 OG stuck on Android 4.2. If LG wants to get serious and challenge Samsung they better get their update process improved asap.

  • The Narrator

    A red G2!? Why no come to US? 🙁

  • kixofmyg0t

    2.4″ display typo in the second paragraph.

    • Michael Schnider

      While I was reading I felt my face kind of have a question mark expression then realized it was a typo lol

  • samosa legend

    Hey LG. Take note to what Motorola and Sony did.

    • AbbyZFresh

      And what did Motorola and Sony do exactly?

      • samosa legend

        Motorola –> Moto G is cheap with reasonable specs.
        Sony –> Sony XPERIA Z1S/Z1 Compact with high end specs (just smaller than the Z1 and with 720p display).

      • kixofmyg0t

        Sony sold it’s laptop division and Motorola was sold entirely.

        So I guess the message is sell or be sold.

        • Adrynalyne

          Motorola Mobility*

          Isn’t that separate from the main company?

  • James Hill

    If it’s priced accordingly, the phone will sell.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Those specs look like a joke. I expected a little more for a 2014 low-end phone line.

    I mean 1GB RAM? That’s poverty.

    • The Narrator

      KK helps it. Not that 1gb is ever acceptable, but it shouldn’t be too bad