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LG shows off new high-end smartphone

LG Electronics has unveiled a new flagship smartphone called the G2. The design of the G2 places all of the buttons on the rear of the device -- the Rear Key concept springs from LG designers recognizing that the larger phones became, the more difficult it was to access side keys. LG moved the main buttons to the back of the phone and located them where the user's index finger naturally rests.

The LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD resolution display. The phone also features a very thin bezel on the side that's only 2.65 mm thick. The phone comes equipped with a blazing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor operating at 2.26 GHz. Feeding that hungry beast is a 3000 mAh internal battery promising more than a full days use per charge.

The G2 also has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear featuring optical image stabilization technology. The G2 is also the first smartphone on the market to utilize 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback of also to of audio content offering sound superior to CD-quality.

The G2 can be had in 16GB or 32GB storage capacities, and runs the Android 4.2.2 operating system. Unfortunately, the G2 doesn’t include a microSD slot, so you’re out of luck if you want to expand storage beyond what’s available from the factory.
The LG G2 will roll out over the next eight weeks over 130 wireless carriers in South Korea, North America, Europe, and other world markets.

Source: LG

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RE: Too Big
By Spuke on 8/8/2013 1:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
They're getting bigger because that's what people want. Man you guys still don't get it! WE here on DT are NOT the majority. WE are MINORITY.

RE: Too Big
By retrospooty on 8/8/2013 1:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Don't look at me, I want bigger screens too. I was just commenting that I do understand that alot of people don't. For me, 5-5.5 is about right.

Whatever any individual wants, one thing is very clear. The phone manufacturers aren't making high end small phones. They are making all high end phones larger and larger because their market studies are showing that the majority wants larger screens. I think they are right. Not all, but most.

RE: Too Big
By Spuke on 8/8/2013 2:20:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry wasn't trying to address you specifically. Just the big screen hater crowd that somehow thinks they are the majority. Meanwhile big screen phones are flying off the shelves and even Apple is going to make a big screen phone.

RE: Too Big
By Reclaimer77 on 8/8/2013 3:52:31 PM , Rating: 1
Agree. Every time an article for a phone is posted, some fag makes a thread JUST to inform us he thinks the screen is "too big". Wtf? Thanks for sharing bub! We can all sleep better tonight lol.

Now about this phone, arghh! Can someone explain this to me? Why is it that Samsung is pretty much the only Android handset provider making any real money, yet they are also the ONLY ones to offer a removable battery and SD slot?

Shouldn't that tell some of these Android manufacturers that maybe, just maybe, Samsung is onto something?

This looks like a great phone, but without those two features, it's just....incomplete.

RE: Too Big
By Spuke on 8/8/2013 6:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
This looks like a great phone, but without those two features, it's just....incomplete.
From what I understand, the SD slot is available in some markets but not ours apparently. That used to be a big deal for me but I don't have one in my SGN and surprisingly didn't miss it from my old phone. I have all my stuff in the cloud now (another surprise) so hardly anything is on my phone. The battery is not a big deal to me either as long as I can force reboots some other way. I've only had to remove the battery twice and the reason for that turned out to be a somehow corrupted OS. Reloaded it and no issues since.

RE: Too Big
By Reclaimer77 on 8/8/2013 9:19:00 PM , Rating: 3
Captive batteries just freak me out. They go bad, a lot. It's a fact.

My friend's battery failed like last week. It would get to around 30% then suddenly power off. He got a replacement for like $10. If his phone had a captive battery, he would have been screwed.

I remember on my old GS2, I noticed the battery developed this hump-shape on one side, a sure sign it was starting to fail internally. But replacing it was a no-brainer.

Two years plus of constant use is a LOT to ask of these smartphone batteries. And it's a major pain in the ass if you have to replace it, unless it's removable.

RE: Too Big
By Spuke on 8/9/2013 12:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
Two years plus of constant use is a LOT to ask of these smartphone batteries.
I've never had a battery problem ever with a cell phone let alone a smartphone. My wife has not either. Now I rarely drain my battery below 50% so that gives me some more cycles but that doesn't explain my wife's battery life cause she's drains hers down to dead quite often. And her batteries last the entire two years. As a matter of fact, my old HTC Incredible is still on its original battery (3 yo now) and the present owner of that phone just recently switch to an iPhone. That owner didn't have a problem with the battery either (I occasionally asked about the phones performance).

RE: Too Big
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/9/2013 6:33:39 PM , Rating: 3
Worn out batteries can be replaced even if they are not swappable. By the time battery wear & tear becomes an issue there won't be a warranty left on the phone so cracking it open should not be an issue as long as you know wtf you are doing.

Battery life is not why I prefer phones with swappable batteries. My reasons are:

1. I NEVER have to leave the phone sitting on a charger overnight. I simply swap out the dead/low battery for a fresh one. The dead one goes into a desk charger.

2. Spare batteries are dirt cheap. I can get 3 of them, plus a charger for about 40 bucks on ebay. So what if they are cheap-ass Chinese knockoffs. They work just fine.

3. I can pop in an oversized battery for those times when I can't be arsed to change batteries a few times per week. There are monster 7700 mAh batteries out there for the SGS4. Bulky, yes, but I don't have to charge the battery for a solid week.

4. I never have to worry about breaking my warranty for cracking open the phone. Not really an issue if your phone is old, but you really don't want to mess with the warranty on a new phone you just paid $700+ for.

I would never trade my 64GB SDCard for cloud storage. Just having my stuff with me at any time regardless of the availability of cell service or wifi is a comfort to me.

RE: Too Big
By testerguy on 8/9/2013 9:28:42 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry wasn't trying to address you specifically. Just the big screen hater crowd that somehow thinks they are the majority. Meanwhile big screen phones are flying off the shelves and even Apple is going to make a big screen phone.

Fact 1 - The majority of Android sales are not made up of large screen phones

Fact 2 - The two best selling phones ever have screen sizes of 4 inches or lower

Fact 3 - People who want an Android phone with the fastest possible performance or battery life are currently forced to buy devices with large screens.

Bottom line, there isn't any evidence that the majority prefer large screens.

In my opinion, it's the spec race (due to no OS differentiation) which has led to Android manufacturers building bigger and bigger phones because they can't fit the performance or the battery life to power it into a smaller phone.

RE: Too Big
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/9/2013 6:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
You are stating a lot of so-called facts there bud. But I don't see anything backing them up except your word.

And you are not a particularly credible authority.

RE: Too Big
By testerguy on 8/10/2013 4:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Fact 1 Backup:

This one is the hardest to confirm, but it's due to the vast majority of smartphone sales being made up of feature phones.

Worldwide smartphone sales totalled 210 million units in the first quarter of 2013. Samsung was boasting in Q2 that their best selling phone (the S4) had sold 20 million units in 2 months. Even extrapolating evenly (which we shouldn't as this was their launch month) that would be 30m per quarter. This phone is by far the best selling phone on Android, period - outselling every other flagship large screen phone combined. This would give the large screened devices a maximum of 1/4 of the sales in Q2.

Fact 2 - the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are the two best selling phones, I don't think this even requires proof - it's common knowledge. If you do need me to evidence this, say so - but at that point I would question whether you even follow the industry.

Fact 3 - It's also common knowledge that you cannot get the maximum performance available on Android in a smaller screen device. The flagship performance 'king' is always the large screen model. Again, this is pretty common knowledge. You can argue that there are some reasonably high spec Android phones available in smaller sizes but that is a) debatable and b) Wouldn't challenge my claim of 'fastest possible performance'.

RE: Too Big
By faust67 on 8/12/2013 5:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think that anyone really needs to know if a majority of people prefer big or small screens. Who cares? The real question is: is there a market for small AND big screens (and everything in-between)? Obviously, yes. Do you think that any manufacturer is going to say: 60% of people prefer big (or small screens), so I am not going to produce small (or big) screen smartphones? Of course not, that would be completely dumb, like a carmaker saying "a majority of people prefer silver cars, so we will produce only silver cars". Even Apple understand (finally!) that one product fits all approach cuts them from a huge potential market. They released a smaller iPad (after saying that smaller tablets are useless) and will more than probably release an iPhone with a larger screen (and I don't mention the possible cheaper iPhone, something that goes completely against Apple's high-end image). But Apple is not completely stupid, they know that sometimes you have to swallow your pride and recognize that leaving huge portions of the market to other smartphones manufacturers that offer more options is just suicidal. My wife is looking into buying a new phone and the first thing she said is "I want a bigger screen". She is not representative of the all market of course, but she shows that bigger screens appeal to some consumers, the same way small screens appeal to others. The only thing I can say is that her screen size requirement is the reason why she looked at the iPhone for only half a second (and perhaps that her current phone runs Android, but she does not exclude a Windows phone, so it is secondary).

RE: Too Big
By testerguy on 8/12/2013 7:02:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with all of what you put.

I was only arguing with an assertion that large screens are the majority.

I didn't make any claims about whether or not any company should ignore any markets or not.


RE: Too Big
By karimtemple on 8/8/2013 2:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
You say "5-5.5," but damn man, I was in an AT&T store yesterday and finally saw an S4 and an Optimus G Pro side-by-side. I was like "WHAT! How does 0.5 inches do that!?" I definitely can't settle for 5. It's possible that 5.2 is doable.

Pray with me for a G2-based Nexus 5.

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