On Wednesday, LG has officially unveiled the LG G2 the company new flagship smartphone that is ready to take on next-gen flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and even the Apple iPhone 5S. The Korean smartphone manufacturer seems to have a winner, but will it be able to outperform the already dominated smartphone market?
The LG G2 has come in at the right time and with an extremely desirable hardware configuration. Even though Samsung has dominated the market with the Galaxy S4, followed by next-gen flagships like the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, the LG G2 has specs that none of these devices can match. The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch full HD display with a 1080p resolution and a 424ppi pixel density. The device is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
LG has already confirmed that it will take the G2 to international markets right away, making the LG G2 the first global device that contains the Qualcomm snapdragon 800 chipset. This is an achievement that no other smartphone can claim this year, and is likely to grab a lot of attention. To add to the list of advantages, the LG G2 has support for LTE, as well as LTE-Advanced, but this feature will be market dependent. In the United States, all four major networks; Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile USA will stock the new LG G2 before the end of August. As far as price is concerned, the contract-free LG G2 price starts at $599 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32 gig model, and the global availability will vary across markets.
The LG G2 also happens to be the first smartphone to provide hardware buttons at the back instead of the side areas, as seen in every other smartphone. This arrangement allows the device to have a clean finish, but we are not sure whether the backside buttons will be easy to use. A majority of consumers are used to buttons on the sides that require very little or no finger movement to operate when holding the device.
However these hardware buttons provide innovative ways to control the smartphone. Hold down the Volume Up button for some time and you open QuickMemo, a note-taking app, hold down the Volume Down button for some time, and you activate the camera! You can also tap on the screen twice in order to turn on the display, no need to press any hardware key.
The LG G2 has a Li-Po 3000 mAh battery, which is considerably larger than the 2600mAh and 2300mAh battery present on the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, respectively. LG also said that the G2 included dedicated RAM for graphics (GRAM), which is expected to increase overall battery backup by 10%.
With all these unique features and an innovative design, Will the LG G2 be able to attract consumers who have become accustomed to Galaxies, iPhones and Ones? Would you prefer the LG G2 over your current smartphone? Let us know in the comments.