With the LG G2 launch event scheduled August 7 at 11 AM ET tomorrow (watch the live stream HERE), we have gotten the final specs, price, release date and features rumors to expect from the upcoming LG flagship. The LG G2 is the new LG flagship replacing the LG Optimus G Pro and is expected to compete against devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It is also rumored to be the basis for the Nexus 5 in terms of specs.
The LG G2 has been subject to a large number of leaks giving us a fairly thorough picture about what to expect from the device tomorrow.
LG G2 Release Date
The US exact release date isn't know, though we have an idea that the LG G2 will come to US carriers in September. We have confirmation that the LG G2 is releasing in South Korea the same day as the August 7 launch event. Taking into account time zone differences, the LG G2 will be available in South Korea on August 8 12:00 AM midnight, local time. We can expect the US and Europe to get the LG flagship.
GSM Arena reports that 100 carriers will have the LG G2 just three months after its release. With South Korea getting it August 8, that means the US and Europe will get it in September, while the rest of the world will get it by the end of October. This is a fairly widespread roll out and overall sounds like a solid plan. LG is planning on 10 million units worth of LG G2 sales over the lifecycle of the new flagship. That is a fairly large number considering how LG has been losing ground to larger rivals like Samsung, HTC and Apple. By comparison in the past quarter LG shipped 12.1 million smartphones, a 100 percent increase over the previous year.
LG G2 Design
We have no shortage of picture leaks that show us the LG G2 design. The latest LG G2 ad also portrayed the handset. We know it has a 5.2-inch 1080p display. At the back it has a volume rocker with + and - buttons. The LG G2 does not boast a finger print scanner as previously rumored, instead there will be a power button placed between the two volume controls. The controls on the back are somewhat different than most phones, and hopefully it won't be too unwieldy.
LG G2 Specs/Features:
We have a fairly good idea of the LG G2 specs in addition to the aforementioned 5.2-inch 1080p 1920x1080 display. The LG G2 screen will have the durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the screen, and LG has announced that the G2 would have the "world's thinnest display". The display size is almost the size of the Optimus G Pro 5.5-inch phablet, though less than the Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, which are both 6 inches.
The flagship LG device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor, Adeno 330 graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. The powerful specs put it on par with other flagships like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
In AnTuTu benchmark tests the LG G2 scored 29909 compared to 24259 by the HTC One and 23858 by the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Snapdragon 800 versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 scored a 31123 and Exynos 5 Octa version scored 28018. The last two scores are somewhat suspect since it appears that Samsung has used a benchmark boosting script. Overall this places the LG G2 as one of the fastest Android phones soon to be available on the market. There will be 32GB of internal memory with the option of expandable storage with a microSD card slot.
Some other specs to expect from the LG G2 are a 13MP rear camera with the possibility of camera resolution varying among wireless carrier. The camera is one of the lesser known parts of the LG G2, and Forbes speculates that there may be processing improvements and increased functionality. The LG G2 will require a nano-SIM card, similar to what the iPhone 5 and Moto X have. The battery is 2,610 mAh capacity, a respectable size, though it remains to be seen how much usage can be gotten out of it with the relatively sizable display. The battery is also removable, so potentially if users want to stuff a 4,000 mAh battery like that Droid Maxx has, that could be possible. We will likely get a better idea of what kind of customization is possible at the August 7 launch event.
In terms of LG G2 features, one of the only major ones is the QuickWindow case. These are a series of cases with a window opening that allow users to look at info displays without having to open the display:
An opening or "window" on the cover of QuickWindowTM allows users to glance at various information displays without having to open the cover flap. With only a light swipe of a finger, the QuickWindowTM UX will appear in the window which users can view while on-the-go. Information that can be viewed through the QuickWindowTM cover include a clock, weather report, alarm, music player, incoming phone call details and incoming text messages.
The QuickWindow cases come in different colors and look quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 view cover.
When it comes to software, we anticipate Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with a quick upgrade to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the works. There will likely be the customized Optimus UI (if that is what they're calling it despite dropping the Optimus name from the G2). So far we haven't seen any devices come out with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean aside from the Nexus line, so we doubt the LG G2 will be the one to have it. Most are simply skipping the Android 4.2.2 update in favour of going straight to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
LG G2 Price
Unfortunately, we still have no information on the LG G2 price, either in contract or without contract. However, we did speculate before that because the LG G2 is forming the baseline of the Nexus 5, the device will be relatively affordable. The Nexus line of devices distinguish themselves by providing stock Android without a contract and solid specs at an affordable price. We anticipate it being more expensive than the Nexus 4, but we could see the LG G2 selling in the $550-650 range, a price point that would place it a solid advantage over the rival HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Overall we are pretty excited about the LG G2 based off the specs, release date, features and price that we know about. Hopefully, the LG G2 launch will live up to expectations and we will keep you posted about what we learn.
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