LG certainly hasn’t been coy about revealing details for its next flagship phone, the G2, but now the handset is finally official. And it looks like all the various leaks and rumours were correct: the South Korean manufacturer will be attempting that unusual design after all, moving the power and volume buttons to the back of the phone.
That’s helped to keep the thickness of the phone down too, with the G2 measuring 8.9mm thick. LG says that the new placement of the buttons should help ease of access as well. As phones get bigger, it becomes harder to grip the phone and hit important buttons at the same time. LG believes that your fingers should align naturally with the new placement of the buttons, although we’re eager to test the phone for ourselves to see if that’s really true. Still, you won’t have to reach for the power button to take the phone: simply tapping the screen twice will do the job too.
Otherwise, the design really isn’t too far removed from LG handsets of the past, with a front fascia reminiscent of last year’s Nexus 4 and Optimus G. And the near edge-to-edge IPS display that adorns the front is impressive in its own right, measuring 5.2-inches diagonally and featuring a resolution of 1920×1080.
Other specifications for the LG G2 include Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3Ghz – thought to be the world’s fastest mobile chip available today – along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation. There’s also a removable battery – rated at 3,000mAh – a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and LTE connectivity.
Android 4.2.2 will be preloaded on the device at launch – there’s no word on any plans for an update to Android 4.3 just yet – along with LG’s software customisations to the operating system. Those include automatic call answering when the phone is raised to a person’s ear, easily selectable links in text messages, a customisation remote control called Quick Remote, and a Guest Mode that will allow others to use the phone without intruding on private data found in exisiting apps.
LG hasn’t announced specific pricing or availability details for the UK, but we do know that Three will be carrying the handset. We’ll fill you in on further details as we hear them.