LG has officially announced the LG G2 at their New York City event today, marking the end of the Optimus line and the start of the G line. Apart from constantly saying the company is “learning from you” the event was quick and LG revealed a few new features we didn’t already know.
Inside the LG G2 there is a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB storage options, 3,000mAh battery capable of running a full day, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and LTE-advanced. It is worth noting LG said a small amount of RAM was closed off for gaming apps, to make them run faster.
The design of the phone is incredible, we really love the 5.2-inch full HD IPS display and looks even better with the almost bezel-less design. The smartphone front is almost all screen and we really find the idea of back-buttons quirky. There is one physical back-button and two volume buttons, the volume buttons also work as quick openers for the camera and QuickMemo.
The LG G2 has a 13MP OIS camera and they say it is the best on the market, whether the user is taking low-light images or incredible mountain panoramas. LG showed a small demonstration of the phones capability to keep the image stable when the user is shaking, beating the competition.
Moving onto sound, LG said the LG G2 would play better music than a CD player could, touting HiFi “studio quality sound” on the device. This is a big, bold claim by LG G2 and one we would love to see actually work. Studio sound is 192k 24bit and is very hard to remake on a smartphone, hopefully this is not a bluff.
The “fifth innovation” on LG G2 is the user experience and the company rolled out a new suite of applications for making the user get from A to B quicker on the smartphone, here is a list of the new features:
- KnockOn – User taps the phone when asleep to wake it up and skip the lockscreen.
- AnswerMe – User puts phone to ear when receiving an incoming call, the phone recognises the user and automatically accepts the call.
- TextLink – When the user gets a text, they can tap on the text to open a select few apps that they may want to use. For instance, when setting a meeting, the user would jump from text to calendar with details syncing.
- Plug & Pop – When a user plugs in headphones on the phone, an apps tray appears with applications the user may want to use while listening on headphones.
- Guest Mode – If the user has a passcode on the LG G2, an unauthorised user can write G on the pattern lock to get onto the phone as a guest, but will not be able to access most of the content.
LG did not announce the price but did say it will be coming to all four major carriers in the US, those are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. They also said the phone would be coming to international carriers soon.
We believe the phone will be released shortly by the carriers in the US, hopefully before the end of August. It should come at $199 on a two-year contract, as most premium devices do nowadays.