LG announces new smartphone, the LG G2

LG announce their G2 handset

LG has announced their newest flagship smartphone, the LG G2, which comes with a 5.2 inch display, and with control buttons placed on the rear of the device.

At 5.2 inches the display is slightly larger than most of its rival devices, and offers a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. The display is a True HD-IPS+ LCD, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Around the screen is an extremely thin bezel, which makes the display dominate the front of the phone.

A thin strip of phone is visible at the top of the device, housing the speaker and front facing camera, whilst at the bottom is housed the microphone. Other than the virtual buttons that appear on the bottom of the display, there are no hardware buttons on the front of the phone, and none on the side, either. LG have decided to move the buttons to the rear of the phone, where they claim it will be easier to access them, and will also make the handset easier to hold:

“Think about it – where is your index finger when you are talking on the phone?” said Jong-Soek Park, CEO of LG Mobile. “Relocating power and volume buttons to the back changes the way we interact with the form. Simply everything is more convenient.”

As well as activating the power button for activating the screen from sleep mode, and raising or lowering the volume, a long press on the button will activate the 13.0 Megapixel camera on the phone. The camera supports HDR, Optical Image Stabilisation and Face Detection, and is capable of recording 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second.

Powered by a 2.3 GHz quad core processor, the G2 has 2GB RAM and will offer either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory storage. Availability of a memory card slot seems to be dependant on market availability, so it would be wise to check beforehand.

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The Android smartphone runs Jelly Bean 4.2.2, and has a number of 'unique' features that are designed to mark the handset out from the competition. For example, LG have endowed the handset with a special 'Guest' mode; this allows others to use your phone with access to all the basic features but keeps your private data such as phonebook and photo albums away from prying eyes.

The screen can be activated or deactivated by a double tap on the display, and an incoming call can be automatically answered when you raise the phone to your ear.

Currently open and active apps can be minimised by using a three finger swiping gesture across the screen, and you can swipe through three different open apps, too. Also, when taking a screenshot, you can capture a whole webpage or email, not just what is viewable on the screen at the time.

The LG G2 supports 4G and WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. An infra red port has also been included, which lets you control compatible equipment at home, such as TV's and stereos.

The G2 is to be launched globally over the next 8 weeks, starting with South Korea before being rolled out across the US, UK and Europe and other major territories.