LG Continues Trend of Shrinking Massive Phones

They say history repeats itself; if the cell phone industry is anything to go by, that's certainly true. In the late 90's and early 00's smaller was better. Then, as smartphones gained popularity, screen sizes got bigger and bigger. Now, more and more manufacturers are producing smaller versions of their flagship devices for those who want a more compact smartphone experience. LG is apparently carrying on the trend with a smaller version of its G2 smartphone.


Earlier this week, an LG-made device called the LG-D620 was spotted over on Bluetooth Sig. Now, LG has published a photo of what looks like a smaller G2 alongside the caption 'Experience the MINI.' Though the company hasn't shared much else about the phone, it does look like it will be a great deal smaller than the original G2 smartphone, which was released last September. 

The G2 runs on a Snapdragon 800 SoC with a Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics and 2 GB of RAM. The display measures 5.2 inches. Given these 'mini' phones are often lower-end devices, we're expecting the LG G2 MINI to follow that trend with a lower power SoC and perhaps only 1.5 GB of RAM. The screen size will be under 5 inches, probably around the 4.5-inch mark.

Aside from offering consumers a way around the current trend of massive smartphones, releasing mini versions of these phones also help companies keep their flagship fresh. By now, the majority of manufactures are releasing yearly updates of their flagship phones.

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  • p05esto
    Some phone sizes have got laughably large.... in 10 yrs we'll be looking back and laughing like the original car phones the size of footballs. I think variety is good so each can choose. Make some small ones and make some large ones. Works for me.
  • Camikazi
    I love watching people talking on their 5" smartphones...they look ridiculous with that hub cap up against their heads.
    It's the same thing as looking at someone who is 6'5" talking on a 4" phone, it is hilarious how small it is. My old phone was too small for me, it was tiny in my hands but my Note 3 just works and no it does not look like a hubcap since I'm not a small person.
  • chicofehr
    I use a Blackberry Q10 and its smaller then all your phones :-P Never drop it as i can wrap my hand around it.