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LG Continues Trend of Shrinking Massive Phones

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Another miniature flagship, the first from LG.

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 , February 13, 2014 2:15 PM
    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.
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    Camikazi , February 13, 2014 5:29 PM
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    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.
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    chicofehr , February 13, 2014 10:12 PM
    I use a Blackberry Q10 and its smaller then all your phones :-P Never drop it as i can wrap my hand around it.
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    SyllabicGeek , February 14, 2014 4:10 AM
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    I love watching people talking on their 5" smartphones...they look ridiculous with that hub cap up against their heads.
    Are you four feet tall? Are you a little person or a child? I am 6,2 and a 5 inch phone feels perfect. Will you be saying 5 inches and up is stupid when Apple unveils its phablet? I guess you will say Apple innovates! lol
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    CRITICALThinker , February 14, 2014 6:01 AM
    In my opinion, for one handed use, a 4.5" phone is the limit, anything else is silly (on a side note, loving the 4.3" on my SII)
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    hitman40 , February 14, 2014 7:08 AM
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    I love watching people talking on their 5" smartphones...they look ridiculous with that hub cap up against their heads.
    Are you four feet tall? Are you a little person or a child? I am 6,2 and a 5 inch phone feels perfect. Will you be saying 5 inches and up is stupid when Apple unveils its phablet? I guess you will say Apple innovates! lol
    5" should be the limit, the Note 2 and beyond is getting ridiculous. You do realize that those phones are bigger than a GPS itself? Once phones get to 6", that will be even more ridiculous. But hey, people won't have a problem with using a phone the size of an E-Reader as a phone, and people won't have a problem thumbing me down.
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    SyllabicGeek , February 14, 2014 7:34 AM
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    I love watching people talking on their 5" smartphones...they look ridiculous with that hub cap up against their heads.
    Are you four feet tall? Are you a little person or a child? I am 6,2 and a 5 inch phone feels perfect. Will you be saying 5 inches and up is stupid when Apple unveils its phablet? I guess you will say Apple innovates! lol
    5" should be the limit, the Note 2 and beyond is getting ridiculous. You do realize that those phones are bigger than a GPS itself? Once phones get to 6", that will be even more ridiculous. But hey, people won't have a problem with using a phone the size of an E-Reader as a phone, and people won't have a problem thumbing me down.


    There should be no limit. Many love phones bigger than 5 inches. So because you don;t like that you would want to impose your arbitrary limit? What is ridiculous is people who complain about screen size when there are models of every conceivable screen size. It is called choice! Something some people seem to hate. They like to be told what screen size is best.
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    jerrspud , February 14, 2014 7:40 AM
    4.5" is the small version? I just got a new LG 4" phone. I think it's a perfect size, so I hope it will be a size that's always offered.
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    gm0n3y , February 14, 2014 12:31 PM
    I'm still using my old Samsung Galaxy Nexus and it's 4.65 inch screen. I could see going a little larger, but over 5 inches would be a bit much for me. One of my friends is using a Note 3 with an Otterbox case on it bringing the overall size to probably around 6 inches. That is just unwieldy for me, but he seems to like it..
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    digiex , February 14, 2014 6:24 PM
    Battery life...