Possibly one of the most leaked phone of recent times, the successor of last years LG Optimus G was officially announced in the early hours of this morning – the G2. It’s packed with plenty of flagship worthy specs and clever features plus an interesting new design idea.
The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jellybean (No 4.3 here as expected), it’s screen is a 5.2-inch 1080P IPS display and it’s powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC (!). Also included is a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, a non-removable 3000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 24 bit/192kHz HiFi playback and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The device will also be coming with the usual two-colour choices of black or white.
That interesting design I mentioned before? Well, it has buttons on the back. Yep, they have put the volume rockers and the power button on the back, just below the camera, which LG says will help with accessing them on such a large device.
As with any Android manufacturer, LG has added its own spin to the Jellybean experience with a few more nifty features like AnswerMe, which answers an incoming call when you put the phone up to your ear, and Slide Aside which lets you “slide” apps you have open off the screen to multitask. Other little things include Guest Mode, which allows another user on the phone without having access to your personal data and Text Link, where the phone takes certain text and inserts relevant embeddable links to other apps – something also seen in iOS.
The G2 will be released in Australia sometime in Q4 of this year, most likely in November for an outright price of $699 or as an Optus exclusive until the end of 2013 in the post-paid department. LG is claiming this exclusivity is due to Optus’ dual-band LTE network which the device supports – so expect super fast 4G speeds.