A few days ago, LG posted a photo on Facebook hinting at a Mobile World Congress launch date for the LG G2 mini. The company came out today, ahead of the launch date, and officially announced the new miniature phone.
A decent amount of the specs were already leaked, so there isn’t a whole lot of surprise. Sony’s take at a mini phone with the Z1 Compact is something to aspire to. While encompassing a smaller screen size, it boasts almost all the same specifications as the Z1. Sadly, it’s a different story for the G2 mini.
It has a 4.7-inch display with a 540×960 qHD resolution, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 1 GB RAM. It also has an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 8 GB of internal storage, a 2,440 mAh removable battery, and expandable storage via microSD.
Probably the most notable feature is that it’s launching with Android 4.4 Kit Kat, something that we didn’t think would make it on the phone right away. On top of launching with Kit Kat, the mini includes LG’s Guest Mode and other features.
It will be available in Russia beginning in March, and will quickly roll out to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. There is no word on a US release quite yet, but we will cover that as soon as we can.
As you can see, the specs are so-so, and they definitely don’t compare to the G2 the way we would like them to. Hopefully LG recognizes this and sells it for a good price, considering the sacrifices. Keep checking back for more on the G2 mini and other MWC 2014 coverage!
Via: The Verge
LG’s not left much to the imagination before this month’s Mobile World Congress. After it confirmed the G Pro 2 last week, the Korean phone maker today officially announced a smaller version of its current Android flagship: the G2 mini. If you were expecting LG to take a similar approach to Sony, which crammed impressive specs into its Z1 Compact, the G2 mini has its fair share of drawbacks. In that regard, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 400, the same chip found in the Moto G, while its smaller 4.7-inch display boasts a rather unflattering 960 x 540 qHD resolution.
The handset also features 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of onboard storage, and retains the same unique backside as its bigger brother, where the volume rocker and power button are placed just below the rear camera. LG has, however, equipped the mini with Google’s latest OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, and will port its custom knock-to-unlock and Guest Mode features over from the flagship G2. The mini is set to go on sale in Russia from March and roll out across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America shortly after. Given the specs, we’re looking at a low-priced handset but we don’t know yet how low LG will go. Hopefully it’ll share more details at MWC next week.
[Image Credit: Android Planet]
Blazing a trail set by the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony, LG is set to become the latest phone maker to release a smaller version of its flagship smartphone. In a image shared on its Facebook page, LG has given us a first look the new G2 Mini, which is set to make its big debut on February 24th at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While LG isn’t disclosing any specs right now, the teaser image does show that the Mini will retain the same unique backside as the G2, placing the volume rocker and power button just below the rear camera. Beyond that though, it’s hard to tell what other features the G2 Mini will retain. But with Mobile World Congress less than two weeks away, we’ll get the full lowdown soon enough — that is unless LG decides it wants to share more details before then.
Source: LG Mobile (Facebook)
LG was expected to announce the G Pro 2 at MWC in Barcelona but ZDNET Korea is reckoning that locals might get an early peek. A “knock-knock-knockin’ on” invite has it thinking that the LG’s new smartphone might be ready over a week ahead of arguably the world’s biggest mobile tech show. (Although, that particular Dylan song might not offer the appropriate upbeat message LG is hoping for.) The company has already promised substantial camera upgrades for the new flagship, and going by LG’s record on its Pro models — and those leaked photos — you can expect it to keep the styling of the original G2 (buttons on the back, dominating screen up front), albeit with a larger display on board. We’re hearing that it’s a smallish event for Korean media — expect the full global fanfare when it appears in Spain.
Via: Phone Arena
Source: ZDNet Korea
Taking to its own social site, LG’s stated that the incoming G2 Pro (another smartphone set to debut at Barcelona later this month), will offer imaging skills that will put its current champ, the G2, to shame. While its predecessor was a capable smartphone camera in its own right, LG is apparently adding a software upgrade to the optical image stabilization camera found on its preceding Android phones. It’s calling the feature “Electro Image System” and it will apparently keep those 13-megapixel shots even sharper, augmenting existing hardware stabilization. Video function-wise, slow-motion recording at 25 percent speed and even Ultra HD video capture (at 3,840 x 2,160) will also be packed into the smartphone rumored to be incrementally larger than last year’s G2. Expect a new UX for the camera app, too, when the device is officially presented to the tech-reporting masses in a few weeks.
It’s de rigeur now for flagship phones to get a gold version, a debatable trend that’s at least working out for snarky tech editors. After all, there’s something awkward about gilting a geeky handset like LG’s G2, especially in a shade reminiscent of gaudy late ’80s home decor. It’s now available in Taiwan (and possibly elsewhere later) for $530 — if you’re in the target market, those back buttons are less likely to tangle with manicured nails.
Source: Yahoo Shopping (translated)
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