LG has announced the LG G2, its long-awaited and much-teased new Android flagship smartphone, ready to do battle with the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and arch rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4. So, is LG’s G2 a match to these already popular devices? Well, LG’s unique selling point certainly makes it stand out, as its hardware buttons are mounted on the rear of the phone rather than the sides.
The rocker switch is placed just below the camera lens and can be used to adjust the phone’s speaker volume, or when pressed for a longer time, startup the G2’s note-taking app or activate the camera’s shutter. LG says taking “selfies” is easier this way and should mean less camera shake too.
Aside from this, the G2 isn’t all that different to other top-end Android smartphones, but the differences are important. The screen measures 5.2-inches, making it larger than the majority of the competition, but the resolution is the same at 1080p. By taking its time to release the G2, LG has been able to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor – a quad-core chip with a 2.3GHz clock speed – whereas the Xperia Z, HTC One and the UK Galaxy S4 all use the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip.
A 13 megapixel camera is fitted to the G2, along with a sizable 3000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (but no microSD card slot), NFC and 4G LTE connectivity. LG has equipped the G2 with Android 4.2.2 and covered it in its own user interface, along with plenty of software tweaks such as dual video recording using both cameras, a clipboard for saved notes and a gesture control option for waking up the phone using a double tap on the screen.
LG has yet to confirm the UK release date, but the phone will start its worldwide release journey in the next eight weeks.