LG officially announces the G2 with Snapdragon 800 and 13MP camera


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Talk about the LG G2 over at AndroidForums.com!

The folks at LG have officially announced the G2, its latest flagship smartphone (and the first to drop the “Optimus” branding). The device is one to behold, with the following list of smash mouth specs:

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.2-inch 1080p display (423 ppi)
  • 16-32GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with optical image stablization and a 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • LTE-Advanced
  • Android 4.2.2
  • …and more

LG says its focus for this phone were these 5 things: design, display, camera, sound, and the overall user experience. Indeed, these are some of the most important elements of any smartphone, and LG believes it’s achieved great things in all categories.

One of LG’s prideful design choices was a dual-routing design to make for a small 2mm bezel. This allowed LG to keep the phone at around 2.7-inches wide, otherwise known as the size that most “average” hands will be able to grip the phone with. Despite having two touch sensors, the dual-routing design allows the size of the capacitive film to take up less overall space inside the phone (which allows it to be just 8.9mm thin).

The most unusual design decision comes on the back of the G2, where the power and volume functions sit beneath the camera button. The power button doesn’t even need to be pushed — just double tap it and the display will turn on. LG is also touting that its device is the first on the market to produce studio-like audio 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback.

Practical UX

Sitting on top of Android 4.2.2 is LG’s “Practical UX,” a suite of features which have been designed to make the phone easy to use for anyone using it. It’s yet another element of the company’s new “you inspire us” approach. Practical UX features the following:

  • Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.
  • Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
  • Text Link — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
  • QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
  • Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
  • Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.


The LG G2 will be available on all major US carriers — including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile — later this year. The device will also be widely available on many other carriers in many other countries around the world. Stay tuned for more live coverage from LG’s big event going down today!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. So the g2x is the “x-treme” version of this phone aimed toward mountain dew drinking skateboard kids?

    1. No Caleb, the g2x is the red-headed-step child of the LG phones, they wish that they had never introduced. At least according to their support of that phone. (I had/have one btw. Great phone. Would have been even better if LG had given it the support of a flagship phone.)

      1. always seemed nice despite not having gingerbread at the time it was relevant. Stock 2.2 just looked so dated. even then.

  2. Though it’s available only on T-Mobile to start, ATT still has acquired exclusive rights to the 32GB version.

    I kid, I kid.

  3. It’s a spec whore’s dream come true!

  4. We’re running out of innovating ideas. Let’s put the buttons on the back!! And next year, let’s put the charging port on the back!

    1. better than your lazy stupid Samsung that keeps just upgrading at lease they trying something new

      1. Something new. Eating live maggots is new too, doesn’t mean you should do it

        1. That is just terrible. Absolutely terrible.

        2. ROFL, what a response. But if these people think samsung is boring think again. they’re the ones pushing boundaries

    2. Better than Samsung’s lets make every phone look identical but in different sizes method.

      1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

      2. well you gotta hand it to samsung, they have great phones and choices

    3. Technically, the charging port on the back already happened. Wireless charging….

      1. Technically, you don’t know the definition of a port.
        http://bit.ly/16zIQwS see decription #4

        1. You are right, only to open up a back cover of the Galaxy Nexus.

    4. My guess… It had to be done to achieve the bezel measurements they did.

      1. O_o the buttons are always beneath the LCD, and have no impact on the measurements.

  5. Guess we’ll wait on the LGG2 GPE announcement

  6. Micro SD?? I don’t really care. Just curious

    1. I think I remember the user manuel was leaked, it pointed out that there was indeed a microSD card under the cover near the battery.

      1. It also reported a removable battery and was in Korean….so that looks like the Korean version of the phone to me :'(.

  7. Lots of great stuff, I really like the guest mode. I was hoping 4.3 was going to roll out jelly bean’s profiles feature to phones but sadly that didn’t happen.

  8. Looks like I may being saying bye bye to my HTC One.

  9. very hard to past up… waiting on note 3 but if I just upgrade to the jump plan then that solve all of my problems:)

    1. I have no doubt the Note 3 will be more impressive

    2. Except you have to wait 6 months to use jump..

      1. Unless you were already started in your plan. Then if 6 months already passed you’ll be eligible the moment you sign up with JUMP. Which is part of your insurance that you’ll probably already paying. So then there wouldn’t be an “extra” $10.

        1. Yeah but Jump didn’t start until mid June so the earliest you can use it is the end of December-ish

          1. I don’t think you understand. I started my plan in May. I started JUMP like a few weeks ago. I’m eligible for a JUMP upgrade in Nov. which is 6 months after May.

            I’m saying if you were already 6 months in your plan, NOT the JUMP plan, but your regular monthly plan.

          2. Oh snap really? I didn’t know it worked like that! That’s pretty cool then lol

          3. That’s exactly what I said when the rep explained it to me. I hopped on right away. LoL!!

  10. Does it have Gorilla Glass?

    1. I don’t think people realize how good Gorrila Glass is. I don’t put on screen protectors if the phone has Gorrila Glass. My E4GT (GS2) had no scratches after 2 years and it had Gorilla Glass.

  11. Im confused by the back buttons, dont most people keep these things in a pocket?

  12. Please be the base for the next Nexus! Please!

  13. It’s a beast! I prefer a more svelte design. Specs are nice though.

  14. I hope in comes in different colors, everything else is gravy.

  15. Dropped “Optimus” name for just G2. To be confused with Galaxy line. G2, G3, G4, S2, S3, S4. Like the band Fozzy piggybacked off the popularity of Ozzy. Kinda Lame. Afraid to jump to LG phone, dont know what their story is on updates and support of phones. Stick with the sammy flagships for a long time, possibly Motorola would be the first to stray only because Google owns em.

    1. pooper lol

    2. Fozzy naming their band had nothing to do with Ozzy. By your rationale, Ozzy piggybacked on Fozzie Bear which came out before Ozzy decided to use “Ozzy” instead of his real name. They dropped Optimus because it wasn’t needed. The line ran its course. Quit whining over nonsense when there are real things in this world to nit-pick.

      1. U r gonna tell me going to just “G2” was not them copying the successful and proven Samsung nomenclature of thier GS line which was later shortened to just S? That’s just silly.

  16. The umpteenth USELESS integrated-battery POS. Screw them!

    1. It’s not an integrated battery, it is removable.

      1. It is NOT of the “quickly and easily removable and charge separately” variety. I have seen pics of it with a “connector strip”, do you really think additional batteries and separate battery chargers will be poissible and offered..?
        As a Note II user I am not interested in smartphones like this in the slightest anyway, I was just commenting on this F’ing trend started by crApple.

          1. ALL of the major “tech” sites list it as “non-removable” and the one pic I found shows a “connector strip” which would point not to a normal removable battery but rather a “user replaceable” one.
            No mention of it on actual first impressions/first hands-on videos, of course, and BTW that’s one of the many reasons why I would never accuse most of the so called “tech press” to be knowledgeable powerusers…

          2. According to Engadget there are apparently two versions. The one launched in Korea will have a removable battery because apparently that market like the ability to remove their batteries.

            So if anything, everyone accepting phones with irremovable batteries has set a precedent that those of us who do want removable batteries now have to suffer from.

            I can’t express how disappointed I am to hear the news that the phone that was pretty much perfect in my eyes has been totally ruined by a stunted battery design. What really put the cherry on the top was the news of the Korean version.

            I’m just praying that either they will reverse their decision here before launch or that this has all been misreported and the battery is indeed removable.

          3. But the 3000mah battery should be more than enough to last you throughout one day.

          4. I doubt it, especially with that large screen. If I sat down to watch a couple of films on a road trip, I bet it would die soon after. Around campus there is little opportunity to charge and often I have to resort to using HSPDA etc for connectivity due to the poor wifi.

            In addition, I have started using my phone as a sleep monitor on my bed. Due to the fragility of microUSB I really don’t want a connected phone on my bed while I roll around. The option to switch out batteries would be the only feasible way of charging the device in this case. Let alone the fact that the microUSB ports are very weak anyway and I would hate to have a paperweight because my port broke.

            Either way, this is ignoring the fact that batteries lose capacity and my devices end up getting used in one way or another for 4 years+. If I can’t easily replace the battery, I don’t really want the device.

            Let alone the fact that Korea is getting one with a removable battery! If they can do that and there is little disadvantage in them doing so then why the hell aren’t they?!

          5. Fair points sir.

          6. What do you do with you phone that would require you to need a spare battery all the time. If you travel often, fair enough but 3000mah should be more than enough to get you through the day with heavy use.

          7. What do I use it for..? Well, I don’t call it my “phone” but my “pocket PC” or my “personal digital assistant” and I think that’s your clue right there… ;)
            Basically, I do, while mobile, all of the same things that I do on my home PC (that’s also why I need, have and use 16GB+64GB storage memory and would love to have even more) since Android CAN do almost everything a Windows PC can and since the Note II has a display big enough to ENABLE that (still too small for me, though, my ideal display size is and has always been 6.1″/6.4″ depending on bezels, aspect ratio etc)

          8. How long does your Note II last during the day?

          9. Anywhere from 5-6 hours to 24-26 hours (including 6-10 hours in Airplane mode when I sleep), my days (and nights) are *very* varied and I don’t keep track of my battery’s charge status since I have 2 additional batteries. Whenever they go lower than 15% charge I swap them and then if I am home I put the disharged one in the charger and if I am not I put them in the case that came with it. I NEVER have to limit in any way, shape or form my usage of my “pocket PC” or cripple its performance and features with battery saving modes/ “stamina” modes/”eco” modes and other such BS, I NEVER chain my MOBILE device to a wall socket and I never have to deal with battery performance degradation (the battery is the one thing *guaranteed* to fail over time).
            I have been using my smartphones this way since my first one (Ericsson P800) 13 years ago and, for me, only morons and/or NON powerusers use them any other way.

          10. Lol come on now, you’re going to measure someone’s intelligence based on their smartphone usage?

          11. Seeing as one of the smartphone users’ most frequent complaints is battery life and that some of the most FAQs on help forums is how to monitor/tweak/deal with battery consumption I would say YES.

            The perfect solution to battery life (and to charging hassle and battery degradation/failure) is there since the dawn of the smartphones, not to use it and, at the same time, complain about battery problems is a sign of either utter ignorance or just plain stupidity…

          12. That’s a pretty weak argument for using as a reason to measure people’s intelligence. I don’t think anyone as intelligent nor stupid based on how they use their phone.

    2. i’d take 3,000 mah over 2500 mah removable

      1. I wouldn’t if I were paid to and besides, I’d take my Note II’s 3100mah removable battery over any useless integrated-battery POS whatever its charge…

        1. i’m not saying removable battery is a bad thing, but i had Evo 4g for 2 years and I used the removable battery thing to my advantage maybe twice ever. It’s just annoying for me and a hassle to carry around multiple batteries and worry about charging two batteries at night.

          And just because you prefer removable battery doesn’t mean non removable is a “POS.”

          1. what you write doesn’t make any sense. if you carried 2 batteries and you had to charge 2 batteries at night you were USING them so you obviously NEEDED them…
            and where is the hassle?!? SEPARATE battery charger(s) and you keep your MOBILE device MOBILE! what’s an hassle (a HUGE one) is having to chain down one’s MOBILE device to a wall socket for hours every day FFS!!!!!!!!!

          2. i did say i only did it like twice ever, and in those two times it was a little annoying. The only reason i had an extra battery was because it came free with my replacement phone through insurance. I did not want to spend extra money on another battery and separate battery charger at the time. So i would have to put phone on charge b4 going to bed, set my alarm and wake up at 3 am to swap out the batteries, and then go back t o sleep. So i only did when i knew for sure i was going to be out all day saturday and saturday night and it was annoying. (didnt need it during the week because i have office job so i could always leave work with a full charge).

            But this was in 2010 when phones struggled to get 10 hours. Now they get 17 hours on 2,000 mah batteries, so i’m stoked for 3,000 mah.

            Obviously removable batteries have their advantages, i’m just saying its not a POS just because it doesn’t.

    3. I heard that enclosed batteries last longer overtime as opposed to removable batteries. Just for the fact they don’t come into contact with debris/dust on the contacts.

      1. ROTFLMAO!!

        1. I replaced 5 batteries in my old phone over the coarse of 2 years. That’s because since you can remove the battery the companies don’t take in consideration on how you charge it. Oh yea, That was the GS2 btw.

          My HTC One charges slowly, yes. It also tells me when the battery is too hot to charge and I should stop. Also tells me I’m using an unsupported charger that may mess up my phone. I can see that battery lasting a long time.


          1. Which charger are you using that gives you that message?I’ve been using a GN2 charger for about 3 months & have yet to see a warning of non-OEM chargrs,or overheating.

  17. almost as fast as my q6600 desktop rofl

    1. All phones surpass our 2000 PC. 20GB hard drive, 512MB RAM. 1.7Ghz Dual-Core. LoL!!

      1. haven’t used the gs4 but hopefully this thing will have real desktop internet speeds. Even my note 2 I feel like is not exactly desktop internet browsing speed. by speed, I mean images and banners loading etc.

  18. Very interesting does it have micro sd expansion? Is the WiFi dual band? What flavor of blu tooth does it have? Battery life with a 3,000mAh is all day? Looking good..

  19. Dem buttons…

    1. I know right!? I can’t wait to see how this works out.

  20. Holy crap that’s a spec monster. 3000mAh battery … Nice. This would make a sick Nexus 5.

    1. I just hope that.. if this is foresight of the Nexus 5, that it doesn’t have that stupid power/volume button on the back.. :::Prays:::

      1. I am glad that a company is at least trying it on a model. I could see possible pros and cons, but won’t know until its been tried.

  21. the Samsung Galaxy S G2

    1. Why does no one make a reference to the HTC G2? =.[

      1. Still have my old HTC G2, from time to time, I dust it off, update the software and use it for about a week. Then back in the drawer it goes :)

        1. That was my fav. phone. If we hadn’t left Tmo, I would have love to have that phone for the full 2 years. Too bad I had to sell it.

          Glad I’m back on Tmo. I had thoughts to buy an HTC G2 for my backup phone. It was that or the Nexus 1, my 1st Android phone. Or maybe I should just collect both. LoL!! Them memories and good times, though.

  22. OMG Becky, look at LG’s Butt!!!

    i like big phones and i cannot lie, you other techies cant deny, when LG comes in with itty bitty bezel, gorgeous screen it wets your whistle, u get sprung.. cause you know u loves this phone.
    That 800 chip its wearing,2gb of ram and i keep swearing, this phone is beast…

    im tired of magazines saying Samsung is the King, LG is here to take the crown while Apple and Sammy frown..

    now techies, techies, do you understand what im saying?. buy this phone, forget your old, now everyone has to go: LG got back!!!!!

    1. ??

      1. i was in a good mood so i did a little freestyle…i think this phone is the most innovative since the GS3. and the buttons are all on the back…so…LG got back!

        1. Great to see u felt how how I did. I just found out america wont be getting a removable back So now my world has flipped upside down as I truly loved this phone. never thought I’d be the guy to say that but I do have a 64gb sdcard on my GS3 and can’t settle for less than 32gb. Do I really wanna give LG extra money? Especially when korea gets a removable back -_____-

    2. I wonder how long it took for you to make this.

      So much approval. LoL!!

      1. took about 2 minutes to come to mind..about 7 minutes to type it out.. the buttons on the back of the device was my inspiration…

    3. Enjoy your slow official firmware updates and short-product lifespan of support!

      1. phone this good (especially the S. Korean version w/ removable battery AND Sd Card Slot) don’t need no stinkin’ updates! lol

  23. make a 4.7in version and i’m in!!!!

  24. “Available sometime later this year…” What the hell not again. If this is out around the same time as the new nexus, why would I buy this? Thought it would be out later this month. Guess I’ll be going with the Experia Z or HTC ONE for now until nexus 5. LG loses. It’s as if them and Motorola got together and said “what’s the worst possible way we can release our new phones? I know, let’s wait until the middle of the year, reveal them, then wait until the end of the year to actually sell them, right along with the new nexus, and charge twice as much. After all, who would actually want to SELL a lot of phones… We’re not Samsung lol.”

    1. So when’s the nexus coming out?

    2. waaaaah I can’t wait for a phone so you lose! waaaaaah.

      1. Feel better now? I heard acting like a 12 year old helps some people feel better about themselves.

        1. He trolls everyone.

    3. “Once you said “around the same time as the new nexus…” I stopped reading. Not everyone wants a Nexus device. Especially since they have Google Edition devices. So now I can get something completely different.

      Stock Android is bland. I’d root and install a custom ROM. Meaning at that point it doesn’t matter what high-end phone you get since they usually have developer support.

      1. Well if a person plans to install a custom rom either way, then it all comes down to hardware and price. If the new nexus has almost the same internals, at half the price, why buy the G2? And compared to the GPE devices, which are the ONE and GS4 right now, same thing: better hardware, cheaper price for the nexus. That’s all I’m saying, it’s illogical for them to release a phone for $600 along side a phone that’s just as powerful for half the price.

  25. I need the “knock knock” feature from the G2 built into stock Android! For accessibility reasons, it would make things much easier for me.

    1. as Frank implied I am taken
      by surprise that any body able to make $8451 in 1 month on the computer.
      did you look at this web page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  26. that phone’s specs are competing with the laptop i’m writing this message on…

    my laptop is 2.4 GHz dual core, 3GB Ram, and only has 10GB of HD space remaining…

    i need to get this phone…and a new laptop lol

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