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LG Intros New Flagship G2 Phone

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The G2 flagship smartphone from LG has finally arrived.

As promised, LG Electronics has finally revealed the new LG G2 smartphone, its latest flagship device and the first to be produced under the new "G" Series label announced last week. The phone was introduced during a special event held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, the "Home of Jazz", located at Lincoln Center in New York. Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries attended the event, the company said.

"Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. "We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history."

The phone's specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.26 GHz, a 5.2 inch IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (423 ppi), 2 GB of LPDDR3 800 MHz memory, and internal storage capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB. There's also a 13MP camera on the back equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology, a 2.1MP camera on the front, and a "generous" 3,000 mAh battery. Its overall size is 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm.

LG said the G2 is the first smartphone on the market to feature 24 bit/192 kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound. It also employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, which supposedly reduces the display’s energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame, and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 10 percent.

The new phone also features a unique design that positions all the buttons on the back of the device rather than along the side. LG said that as screens get bigger, it's more difficult to access buttons when they're lined along the edge. Users have better control when buttons are on the back because that's where their index fingers naturally reside. The design also supposedly reduces the chance of dropping the device when adjusting the volume.

"Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemo and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before," the company said. "And if the LG G2 is lying on a surface face up, there’s no need to lift the phone to access the power button on the back. With KnockON, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display."

LG said the new phone also comes packed with a number of user experience (UX) features including Answer Me, Plug & Pop, Text Link, QuickRemote, Slide Aside and Guest Mode. This latter feature protects the owner's privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern. QuickRemote allows the phone to remotely control popular entertainment devices, and Answer Me automatically answers a call when the user brings the phone up to an ear.

The LG G2 will be rolled out with Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" and in Black and White colors over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Specific dates for market availability will vary by region and carrier, the company said.

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    deftonian , August 7, 2013 11:27 AM
    Very impressive specs. However, I had the G2x a few phones ago and am a little skeptical about LG's phones. I think I'll wait a few months to see how these preform and read some reviews before I make a decision. I have heard LG has stepped up their game with phones... time will tell :]
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    warezme , August 7, 2013 11:43 AM
    I still think anything bigger than 5" is a tablet.
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    house70 , August 7, 2013 11:50 AM
    Awesome phone. I really hope it will also come in a Google Edition flavor, or even better, a Nexus 5...
    "and a "generous" 3,000 mAh battery"
    Generous indeed. This should be pretty close to Razr Maxx's battery life.
    @ deftonian - I would consider also the Optimus G, G Pro, Nexus 4, also made by LG; excellent phones, and a few years younger than the G2x. LG did in fact step up their game, and has been doing so for a while.
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    kenyee , August 7, 2013 11:59 AM
    no SD slot? Hate this trend :-(
    Doesn't sound like battery is replaceable either, but the battery size is a step in the right direction. Maybe it has a shot at running for a day w/ full web browing use...
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    becherovka , August 7, 2013 12:10 PM
    nice if its the new nexus, but dont need a new phone this year, nexus 4 is still good for me.
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    soldier44 , August 7, 2013 2:13 PM
    The Note 3 will certainly eclipse this phone in a few weeks, although the Optimus G pro is also a cool phone more like the Note 2 with better specs.
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    invlem , August 7, 2013 3:07 PM
    For those hesitant to try an LG phone (I was one of them once), remember the Nexus 4 is an LG phone. Its what convinced me to give them another try, couldn't be happier
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    halcyon , August 7, 2013 3:24 PM
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    no SD slot? Hate this trend :-(
    Doesn't sound like battery is replaceable either, but the battery size is a step in the right direction. Maybe it has a shot at running for a day w/ full web browing use...


    I wonder how long it will be before Samsung sells out and stops including an SD card slot. That will be a sad time indeed.
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    lawson72 , August 7, 2013 5:55 PM
    The specs look great, but I am happy with my S4 with stock 4.2,2. I can not go back to touchwiz now let alone whatever is on this G2. Just curious does this thing have no microsd slot?
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    lawson72 , August 7, 2013 5:55 PM
    The specs look great, but I am happy with my S4 with stock 4.2,2. I can not go back to touchwiz now let alone whatever is on this G2. Just curious does this thing have no microsd slot?
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    Mike Friesen , August 7, 2013 7:54 PM
    Apparently the specs on LG's website say that it does have a SD slot. I haven't checked personally, though.
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    laststop311 , August 7, 2013 9:40 PM
    this phone only seems really good because the note 3 hasn't been announced yet. Note 3 will beat this phone in many ways. I think its snapdragon 800 will be clocked higher. Most likely a 3400mah battery at the least, larger screen, better updates through samsung, s pen, micro sd slot, removable battery. Looks like the only advantage of the LG is 24/192 dac and the PSR tech but PSR tech will become a mainstream standard it looks like. But as I've said before I'll continue to receive my 20/month discount on t-mobile and stick with the note 2 another year. It still runs butter smooth and does everything I need it to. Don't feel the need to upgrade this year.
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    z250kid , August 8, 2013 4:18 AM
    If you have sprint this phone is the first tri-band lte phone!!!
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    gggplaya , August 8, 2013 5:34 AM
    I have an Optimus G, by far the best android i've owned yet. Battery life is excellent, i can usually get almost 48 hours with data sync turned off, and i can get about 20-30 hours with it turned on depending on signal strength. More than enough to get me through the day. Plus when i use it, it responds well with no lag. I just wished it took better pictures but like most phone makers, they cater to idiot customers which think more MP means better pictures, it does not.
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    z250kid , August 8, 2013 7:42 AM
    I have s4 I love the camera only thing is night mode isn't that good photo quality is superb
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    z250kid , August 8, 2013 7:42 AM
    I have s4 I love the camera only thing is night mode isn't that good photo quality is superb
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    gggplaya , August 8, 2013 8:36 AM
    Quote:
    I have s4 I love the camera only thing is night mode isn't that good photo quality is superb


    That's the key when consolidating so many pixels into a sensor. You lose light sensitivity. That's why apple stuck with the 5MP camera so long, and they got praise for taking great pictures. Larger physical pixel sensors are more sensitive to light, and do well in lower light and better overall dynamic range. You can have a nice and clear 13mp camera that takes washed out pictures, or you can have a great 5mp picture with superb color and light.
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    p1esk , August 8, 2013 8:43 AM
    Quote: "LG said the G2 is the first smartphone on the market to feature 24 bit/192 kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound."

    Please don't spread misinformation.

    For audio playback, 24bit rates do NOT add any additional quality over 16bit.
    192kHz sampling rate, on the other hand, makes the quality WORSE than 96kHz.

    There are no valid reasons to use 24bit/192kHz for playback (recording is a different matter). It's all just marketing drivel.

    http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/415361/24bit-vs-16bit-the...