updated 11:45 am EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
Power, volume control buttons, 13MP camera on rear of LG G2
LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone at its event in New York City, one with rear-mounted buttons. The LG G2, launching on more than 130 carriers around the world including the four largest in the United States, removes all buttons typically located on the sides of the device to the back cover, replacing them with a set of buttons just below the camera.
The central Rear Key, located where the index finger typically lies when a smartphone is held, is used to turn on the device. Above and below the Rear Key are the volume keys, which can be held down for longer to bring up the QuickMemo app and the camera. If the phone is left on a surface facing up, users can wake the smartphone by tapping the display twice instead of picking up the G2.
On the front of the 8.9mm-thick (0.35-inch) device is a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen with its own Graphics RAM to save power and a 2.65mm (0.1-inch) bezel. Inside the G2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.26GHz, supported by 2GB of RAM and options for 16GB and 32GB of storage. On the back is a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, matched with a front-facing 2.1-megapixel shooter, along with multi-point autofocus. Sound is provided by an audio system which LG says is the first to offer 24bit, 192kHz playback, while the compacted battery is rated at 3,000mAh, and supports LTE connections as well as 3G and 2G.
Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 rather than version 4.3, the G2 offers the use of a number of gestures and apps. Answer Me will automatically answer phone calls once the G2 is placed next to an ear, Plug & Pop will recommend options or features when a headphone or USB cable is plugged in, QuickRemote will learn commands from existing remote controls for use on home entertainment devices, and a Guest Mode allows the owner to select what apps a guest could use on the phone, as well as setting a secondary unlock pattern for their use.
Starting in South Korea, LG will be rolling out the G2 over the next eight weeks to North America, Europe, and other markets, though specific dates for each will vary by region and carrier.