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Like with most other devices, there has been no shortage of leaks and rumors surrounding LG's latest flagship, the G2. But now, all the questions have been answered, rumors put to rest, and leaks are no longer necessary – LG just unveiled its newest powerhouse to the world.

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Just as previous rumors suggested, the G2 is filled to the brim with high-end specs that almost immediately make this the cream of the Android crop:

  • 5.2-inch 1080x1920 IPS display
  • 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage options
  • 13MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera
  • Rear-facing power button and volume control (directly below camera) – long-pressing launches QuickMemo and the camera
  • Bottom-facing speakers
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • Android 4.2.2

The G2 has the largest display that still fits in the "one hand use" category – thanks to the thin 2.65mm side bezel, it manages to keep the width to a mere 2.7 inches. LG also used GRAM (Graphic RAM) in this phone, which reduces the display's energy use "by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time [...] by 10 percent."

The G2's 13MP rear shooter features OIS – Optical Image Stabilizer – technology, which essentially delivers clearer and overall sharper images all the time, regardless of lighting or motion.

The real standout feature of the G2, however, isn't its display or 13MP camera – it's the Rear Key. LG moved the power and volume buttons to the back of the phone, which is where they claim our fingers naturally land when using a device of this size. This not only allows a more ergonomic grip on the device, but keeps the sides and top completely free of all buttons. The entire phone is controlled using the Rear Key.

The G2 also features a handful of unique software features, including voice control, guest access, and more:

- Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.
- Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
- Text Link — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
- QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
- Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
- Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

The G2 will be making its way to all four big carriers in the US – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint – though release and pricing info hasn't yet been announced.

Update: Here's the unveiling:

LG G2 INTRODUCES NEW DIRECTION IN SMARTPHONE DESIGN
More Than 130 Global Wireless Carriers on Board to Roll Out LG’s Latest Premium Device

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone LG G2, the first smartphone introduced under LG’s new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s aim to bring forth more customer-centric innovations.
Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries converged at the renowned Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for the global introduction of the device. Based on LG’s research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, the smartphone offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.
“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.”
New Perspective in Smartphone Design
The LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. The LG G2 shifts the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located. Researchers found that moving the buttons also resulted in fewer dropped phones when adjusting the volume while talking.
Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemoTM and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before. 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.
Edge-to-Edge Display and Best-In-Class Power Capacity
LG upped the ante by incorporating a 5.2-inch Full HD display in the LG G2, the largest display designed for one-handed operation in today’s popular 2.7-inch width smartphone category. In addition to the expansive viewing experience, LG’s innovative Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge. And with proven IPS technology, the LG G2 offers superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion.
For more efficient energy usage, the LG G2 employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology. GRAM 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. And with a generous 3,000mAh battery that is thoughtfully designed to take maximum advantage of the interior space, the LG G2 is more than ready for a full day’s work or play.
OIS and High Resolution for Great Pictures
The LG G2’s high-resolution camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments. Most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. The G2 is unique in that it offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. And fea-tures such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.
Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound
In recent years, there has been an increase in consumer demand for superior sound in smartphones as high-quality multimedia content becomes more ubiquitous. Smartphones have become hubs for entertainment of all kind — TV shows, movies, games — and consumers expect the sound to be just as good as the image. The LG G2 is the first smartphone on the market today to feature 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound, far superior to a CD. Now consumers can hear a level of audio realism that hasn’t been possible before in a smartphone.
Practical UX Connected to Everyday Life
Research shows that the most frequently used smartphone features are the most basic ones that users often take for granted such as SMS, social networking, directions and of course, making phone calls. The LG G2 comes with a number of compelling user experience (UX) features that provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks:
- Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.
- Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
- Text Link — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
- QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
- Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
- Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.
Unmatched Performance with Next Generation LTE
The LG G2 runs on the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Processor and redefines the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Through a long-term partnership collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, LG was able to deploy the chipset integrated perfectly with the LG G2 hardware to offer powerful and yet stable performance.
Following the global launch event in New York City on August 7, the LG G2 will be rolled out in 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.
Key Specifications:
- Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
- Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
- Memory: 32GB / 16GB
- RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
- Colors: Black / White

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Daniel Juranec

    good battery, yeah.

  • krazyfrog

    2.26GHz what is this I don't even

  • evolutionx1

    And yeah, the camera has OIS

  • Doug

    And the spec junkies just lost it. Great specs. I wonder what innovation is in the software.

  • Edric

    woah..2.26GHz.. wait a min...4.2.2?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    And it's.... a phone.

    • Michael Pahl

      many attempts at "best" comment this week, eh? ;)

  • merman1983

    Naw mang MOTO X cuz specs don't matter right, guys!? ... guys? .... ummm

  • Michael Pahl

    bottom facing speakers?

    • Pontus

      I guess they mean like on the iPhone (you can't block them when you place the phone on a table)

  • mgamerz

    Can't wait till it gets 4.3 in Fall 2014.

    • sri_tech

      Honestly most people don't miss 4.3 but I am worried about 5.0 that is rumored to be launch in the fall.

      • mgamerz

        Idk, my nexus devices sure seem to be much better on 4.3. It doesn't bring new stuff that the user can see but man its way better than 4.2.

        • Andrew Chelladurai

          I agree, SInce I upgraded to 4.3 on my N4, I have noticed smoother performance when traversing the UI and better performance in battery (as in, now a 98% charge lasts about 15 hrs on average)

      • NeedName

        My GSM gNexus got a good boost from 4.3, not that there are any features that I would miss but the performance boost is nice.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Or 5.0 in 2018.

      • the_banned_one_returns

        More like NEVER ...

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          lol, could be true.

    • atlouiedog

      This is why, with the way manufacturers currently handle Android, I will never buy another device that doesn't already have good, active custom ROM development or Nexus branding.

      • NeedName

        I'll just stick with the Nexus.

        Wonder how many noticed that LG talked a lot about hardware and specs but never showed how well the OS ran?

        • NexusKoolaid

          2.26GHz Snapdragon 800. The OS will run fine. A better question is how long the 3000ma battery can keep the phone fed.

          • zephiK

            Specs matter to a point, but if the UI isn't optimized then it isn't fully utilizing the hardware.

            Optimization > Hardware. If N5 is based off the G2, it'd be a huge hit IMO.

          • NexusKoolaid

            In the context of the product launch the lack of a runtime demonstration (as NeedName observed) is not a big deal because the hardware is there to make it look great on stage.

            But on stage in hand are entirely different matters, and to your comment about Optimization I (being a SW engineer) am in complete agreement.

          • Joshua

            You're correct, but considering that LG's other recent bits of tech have run quite nicely, I'd guess that this one will too.

    • Chris

      My LG Optimus G, aka G1 is still on 4.1.2 but honestly i prefer it to the 4.3 on my nexus 7. LG has come a long way with their UI and most of 4.2.2 and 4.3 have to do with tablet features, and 4.3 was simply cleaning up some of 4.2s issues. 4.1.2 was great when it came and is still great on this phone. I really couldn't care less about getting every update, if i did, then i would of kept my Nexus 4 with its terrible screen and small memory.

      Edit: LOL i was downvoted because i have a different opinion then someone, ohhhhh noooooo, i'm so sorry i'm not youuuuuuu. :P

      • RTWright

        I personally refuse to use any new high end device that does not come with microSD ability. I do too much that I save and keep separate on those to want to go with a 16GB without one. 32GB is even starting to look small now days with how big some apps are getting, especially Video, Audio and Games and the fact that half of the 16GB space is used up by the pre-installed software.

        As for the 4.3, there is more to it than just bug fixes for 4.2.2. But... I will agree, not many are interested in having every single update. The one place I don't agree with this kind of thinking though is when and where it comes to security patches for Android that you don't get because of Carrier interference. Between OEM's and Carriers, getting those updates takes far too long and they know it too. They don't care because they'd rather you buy the next latest and greatest when it comes out and available to you. That's their idea of updates for the most part.

        I'll never ever by a iDroid ( Nexus ) or any other that are built like them. My next device will either be another Samsung or Sony, unless HTC by some miracle pulls their heads out of their anal-canals, then I'll reconsider them at some point. I personally don't care about brands, it's hardware specs all the way. Because without the right hardware, who gives a turkey about what software it's running.

        • Michael McIntosh

          manufacturer skins are like buying a mansion and filling it with ikea

        • Chris

          Personally, i use my phone as a media device, to stay in touch with people and to surf the web. I'm not too worried about security updates because i do all my banking at the bank, and don't log into any accounts other then my gmail on my phone. Plus, i've always got my phone in my line of site because i need it for work as well. As for the not buying a device without an SD card slot i agree, i have a ridiculous amount of music and video. But, supposedly the G2 has both a removable battery and sd card slot, at least according to the leaked user manual.

        • JayGrip

          That is the reason for otg cables. On my new nexus 7 I have never used the usb port as it has wireless hotspot built in and wireless charging. I just run a ftp server using es file manager. Transfer rate is 300 mg a min.

      • mateorod

        that is what downvotes are for.

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        welcome to the android community

        • Chris

          Ha, you think this is bad? A friend of mine is a moderator for a gaming website and the comments you see on there are crazy.

      • mgamerz

        My LG Mach (that I won) still is on ICS. I like how fast it is but it's sad how it never gets updates.

        • Chris

          I was pretty pissed that i had to wait like 6 months to get 4.1 on my OG, but once i got that i was pretty satisfied. I don't really use any of the newer features, not that there are many in the last 2 updates, that's the primary reason i sold my Nexus 4. It just wasn't worth it to have 2 phones when i only ever used my Optimus G.

      • andy_o

        I downvoted you for complaining about being downvoted. Didn't mind your comment.

        • le_lutin

          I upvoted him to cancel your your downvote. Wouldn't have voted either way otherwise.

        • Chris

          That's fine, i really don't care, just find it funny that people get offended when someone has a different opinion then them.

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      NO SD SLOT

  • power_pizza

    I must admit I don't follow LG devices very closely. How much do they skin the OS?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      TouchWiz but uglier, essentially.

      • power_pizza

        :-(

      • Chris

        Uglier, yes. But a whole hell of a lot smoother, TouchWiz just keeps getting bulkier.

    • DefaultUser

      too much. if it's true that the G2 will serve as a base for the next Nexus I would wait for that

  • soap

    anyone know how the dev scene will be for this phone? will it be bootloader locked on verizon? The hardware is absolutely beast I'm just worried about future updates.

    • Chris

      Chances are it'll be bootloader locked on all carriers, at least in the US, apparently we're all children and can't tinker with the phones we pay for. Ha. Needless to say, i'm sure that it'll get an unofficial bootloader unlock/root when it first comes out, but i'm sure there will be a later update for the phones to make it so you can't a few months after release.

  • mynamedoesnotfi

    Every year my reaction to LG phones is 'wow'. Great specs, and the price is always good too. And keeps going lower at much faster rates too. Software is bland, but could be worse.

    But I simply don't trust the company.

    • MFurqaan

      how can you trust a company if youve never tried? :)

      • mynamedoesnotfi

        Because of how close I was to buying the optimus 2x. If you go to XDA (or even to a casual user), you'll see how dissappointing that phone was.

        • Brandon Fletcher

          My Optimus G was phenomenal. I moved to T-Mobile and needed something with HSPA+ support, otherwise, I'd still be using it. I turn it on every now and then, and sigh over how ugly my Note 2's screen is. Both were released around the same time.

          • id10terrordfw

            Very much agreed, I did the exact same move and was sad to see the G go. It's 720P display rivals my One's in my eyes. And I honestly LIKED the UI. This will very likely replace my One.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    Rear facing buttons? That won't be fun to work with for cover makers.

    • DefaultUser

      Why? It's just a simple cutout pretty much in the same way as they have to do for the camera. Not a big deal imo.

      • Amer Khaznadar

        For the camera the width of the cover is usually negligible, for the buttons not as much because it makes pressing the button hard. Unless the cutout would be larger than the buttons by a decent amount, thus leaving more of the back of the phone exposed.

        At least that's the way I see it, I could be wrong.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Yeah, I'm cool with basing the Nexus 5 off of this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock
      • TY

        I thought a follow-up story debunked that?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Either way, I doubt Google's going with LG a second time around. And I doubt they'd be able to break even selling this for $300, or even $350, not with this component setup, or those weird rear-mounted buttons.

          • TY

            I think it's likely though, since as of today all Google-branded devices are built by the same OEM for 2 years. G1, Nexus One. Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus. Nexus 7 2012&13. Nexus 10 2012&13. Nexus4 + ??

          • NexusKoolaid

            I'd cough up an extra Benjamin for a Nexus based on this phone.

          • zephiK

            If anything there'll be a Google Play Edition if there isn't a Nexus version.

          • North

            I'm thinking that since the moto x hasn't been announced unlocked, Google will let it get a few months of sales with a high price tag using carriers. Following that, announce it as the basis for the next nexus after initial demand has dropped off. This prevents duplication of resources for optimization and marketing and allows for a larger parts order. After the announcement of the nexus the phone would still remain available similar to the nexus 4 being sold on contract. Otherwise the timeline for one of the major brands releasing a new flagship (assuming the nexus remains based off of another phone and is not a separate device) doesn't work out too well. The exception is that maybe sony is the partner and the accelerate the release schedule of an experia followup. I think the moto x nexus remains the most likely.

    • andy_o

      Not if they keep the buttons on the back. That's terrible for docks, especially car ones.

    • PamelaLibrarian

      Me too, except for the weird button on the back. Although, I guess I really need to feel it in person. If you set the phone down is it lopsided??

      Also, nice bezels! This phone makes the N4 bezels look huge!

  • Tobias

    How much PPI is the screen?

    • andy_o

      Between 200 and 500.

    • Ivan Myring

      Its over 9000!

    • Danny365

      424 I guess.

    • Joe Anthony Suarez

      xxxhdpi!!!

      No but seriously, somewhere between 410 and 430.

  • mechapathy

    Gut it, put it in the body of a Nexus phone, call it the Nexus 4 (2013), and you've got my money.

  • solbin

    Looks really nice... the rear buttons are going to be a little tricky to get used to though.

  • Ishaan Rajiv

    3000mAh? That sounds awesome!

  • TY

    OK guys, I will say this again:

    The extra .2inches is for those perssimists who keep complaining how the
    on-screen buttons "take up screen space". Now LG can advertise the
    phone as a 5-inch phone which can turn into 5.2-inches when playing
    videos.

    ALL HAIL ON-SCREEN BUTTONS. DIE, MENU BUTTON.
    (i.e. LG is still doing it wrong)

    • Mario

      I don't use the button on my S4, nor do I like the on-screen buttons taking up screen space. I use LMT Launcher. It's awespme! Check it out... http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1330150

      • RTWright

        What I don't get is people like you and others complaining about the on-screen buttons. For starters, if they took them off and made the physical buttons like before? You would still be missing that same amount of space at the bottom because the screen itself would be that much shorter. So with or without it does not make a damn bit of difference in screen size. You have to put the controls some place. At least with the on-screen controls, you don't have to worry about any physical parts going bad on you.

        It's as though you act like the world is coming to an end because those buttons are on your screen. I have an SIII and it has one physical button and two others under the cover of the device. It doesn't bother me having them and it wouldn't have bothered me if they had chose to use on-screen buttons, either way I'd gotten the same amount of screen space.

        • Mario

          I think you're exaggerating a bit, it's not the end of the world. It's just a personal preference.

  • deexcy

    "The G2 has the largest display that still fits in the "one hand use" category" Are you a giant? I have relatively large hands but I can barely use a 4.7" phone with one hand!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I can use the 5.5" Note II with one hand.

      • EH101

        Same here. Especially with SwiftKey Flow and Swype.

      • Stiggy

        Proof that you are a giant right there!I hate this whole screen size race but I love that LG focused on bezels and on screen buttons to save room. If you want to put a massive screen on a phone I think this is the way to do it.

  • Sqube

    Dat battery... I'm glad to see somebody stop fetishizing the thinness race and start focusing on the "gotta use this all day no matter what" race.

    Well, somebody other than Motorola with their VZW DROID line.

    • mgamerz

      Probably to power the beefy processor on this... I wouldn't expect excellent battery life given the size (better than normal, but not what you'd expect on the MAXX)

      • briankariu

        actually the s800 is pretty power efficient

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        The s800 is supposed to be much more power efficient than the old Snapdragon CPUs. So I hope, we'll get good battery life with this phone.

  • Pascal

    LG always had good HW, their big problem is SW.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Too bad their software is a cheap copy of TouchWiz. Otherwise, it wouldn't be that bad.

      • DefaultUser

        touchwiz is bad enough to begin with

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          True. Sense or stock android. Either one is good for me, but when it's touchwiz without a Galaxy Note's features, then, I don't want it.

      • Chris

        It's definitely a rip of TouchWiz but it sure as hell is a lot cleaner then TouchWiz, the lag is soooo bad on the S4, my LG doesn't lag at all, and I use Nova so i don't care what the UI is like as long as the phone runs smoothly.

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          I hope, that it won't lag as much as touchwiz does.

          • Chris

            It shouldn't, i've had my LGOG since release and most of their features (to date at least) have used relatively low ram and can pretty much all be disabled, with the exception of quick memo. My suggestion, if the option is available to you, go to a carrier or store that carries the phone beforehand and play with it. LG gets a lot of flack for their lack of updates but, so far, with my Optimus G they've shown that if you make the software clean and smooth, updates aren't that big of a deal, unless you're a diehard purist.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            If I get a chance, I'll go and play with G2 in the store.

        • spydie

          try a different launcher... my favorite is Next launcher. No lag on my Note 2

          • Chris

            Tried it, i recently got rid of my S4, it was a work phone but then they started bring your own device.

  • Notch Brick

    And there is our New Nexus 5-Sorry for the awful job, I was in a rush.

    • briankariu

      Take my money! No seriously, take my card and never give it back

    • CoreRooted

      Except, LG has already stated they are not producing the Nexus 5.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    If there is no external storage, or they leave that up to the carrier (ala the original Optimus G), then I'm gonna have to choke a b***h.

    • DefaultUser

      get a samsung if you want to fiddle with memory cards

      • Mario

        I haven't fiddled with my Micro SD card on my S4 since the day I put it in. I guess I'll fiddle with it when I need to remove my data quickly and safely from an unexpected phone issue.

        • DefaultUser

          Thankfully my stuff is backed up in the cloud so I don't have to worry about that.

    • Brandon Fletcher

      OK, for you "elitist/purist/we only need the cloud" types or wherever the downvotes are coming from, I'll be happy if they offer a 64GB edition for sale that's NOT carrier exclusive. (*cough* HTC One)

      Just give me OPTIONS, not this same old 16/32 or nothing crap that the majority of manufacturers have been giving me for the last 2 years.

    • MohdZakhri

      Some places say it does have micro-sd slot

      • Brandon Fletcher

        Awesome, thanks for the heads up.

  • PhilNelwyn

    The top bezel looks unreal, particularly with that transparent status bar.

  • jlninja

    No sd card no replaceable battery, no sale

    • the_banned_one_returns

      They are retarded if they got rid of the SD slot and the replaceable battery.

    • CoreRooted

      As long as Google has a "no SD card" stance and Android becomes more and more popular (than it already is), devices with no expandable storage are going to become more prevalent and eventually the norm. TBH, with wireless access points being deployed all the time now (in just the past year, no less than 5 free, public WiFi hotspots have sprung up around me), I have no need anymore for expandable storage. It's a "nice to have", but not required for me. Granted, there are tons of people who it won't work for, but there are always other options (OTG USB, etc).

      The removable battery? I'm never more than an hour or two away from a charger (I also carry a battery pack in my bag with me everywhere). I don't know if I would call it a deal breaker as the only reason I see needing a removable battery is to swap it with an extended battery. But, again, there are other solutions (juice packs, etc).

    • Fatty Bunter

      They would have had to reduce the battery to achieve that. Or make it thicker.

    • PhoenixPath

      One has to wonder what all of you will do when there aren't any Android phones available with SD slots (or the only ones sold are mid to low range)...

      • CoreRooted

        Exactly. Both of my Sammys have SD slots, but neither of them have cards in them. Between Gmail, Drive, Dropbox, and Skydrive, I have around 750GB available online and given that I live in a metro area, there are very few times that I am disconnected completely. Even then, I still have an OTG cable and flash drive just in case.

  • PhoenixPath

    Pics of the back?

  • EH101

    While I would love an SD card and a replaceable battery, it's the buttons on the back that will kill this phone. They will be incredibly awkward and unintuitive for anyone who is upgrading from another smartphone.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Seems impressive

  • Kurt

    It needs such a big battery because when you're sitting down or even walking, your pants
    are going to be pushing the power button repeatedly every time you move around a bit.

  • Toinou

    Well, I liked the presentation and every features of this phone... Up until the UX part. LG's got one ugly UI, that's too bad, otherwise I would have considered it to replace my current Xperia Z.

    • CoreRooted

      BUT... the beautiful part about Android is that you don't *have* to use their UI. Custom launcher anyone? :)

      • Toinou

        That's what I always do on my phones, however you know as well as I do that it won't replace those ugly-looking on-screens buttons or the status bar (I don't like the transparency, and I hate even more the QSlide apps and all that stuff that takes half of your notifications area -- seriously what's the point of a big screen if it's filled with shit?).

        • CoreRooted

          Yup. I know what you mean. APK Tool to the rescue (change the xml and images, recompile, and no more LG crap). I've been doing that for years while waiting (or building my own) ROMs for whatever device I have. :)

  • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

    I don't like to predict things but this time it's like a deja vu. Last year LG released the Optimus G and a little time later released the Nexus 4 (my current demon) which turned to be almost identical. I don't know why, but based on that fact (I don't know if it's an LG trend or what) I think the Nexus 5 is coming in the very near future and it wont be an accident at all that it will look like this... so take a closer look, because we are seeing a piece of future. I really don't care about LG or any other brand specifically, I just go wherever Nexus go. Now tell me if you think I'm wrong :)

    • CoreRooted

      Except LG isn't producing the Nexus 5.

      • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

        Right now there's just only rumors and most of them points to LG.

        • CoreRooted

          When their own President comes out and says "we don't need another marketing success [with Google]", I think it's pretty obvious that they aren't working on it. To me, is the stupidest thing that a company could say though. But, I also think it pretty much quashes the rumors.

          • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

            Honestly since the last year I'm saying that a hardware and design from Sony mixed with a stock Android from Google its the best Nexus experience I could ever see.

          • CoreRooted

            TOTALLY agree. I would LOVE to see Sony do a Nexus device.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    Am I reading this wrong or is it only going to be released through carriers?

    • CoreRooted

      Yup. It's not a Google phone.

  • zephiK

    They should reconsider on changing the buttons. Rather than "Back Home Menu" change it to "Back Home Recents" to be honest.

    The specs are great. But the UI on the otherhand is not.

  • godnikeboy

    First thing I will do with this is flash cyanogenmod, then GPE rom if ever available :)

  • diego

    423ppi???? Really?

  • Michael McIntosh

    423 ppi will be great when I'm taking close up pictures of it's screen with my MOTO X

  • Joe Anthony Suarez

    If this is what the Nexus 5 is going to be based off of, then life will be good indeed.

    • CoreRooted

      LG has already stated they aren't doing the next Nexus device.

      • Joe Anthony Suarez

        Meh, I'll believe it when I see it.

  • Mario
  • PhoenixPath

    "The entire phone is controlled using the Rear Key."

    So...no navbar, buttons, keyboards...and the touch-screen is useless??

    Oh...not the entire phone...just things like volume and power?

    Just waiting on pricing and availability. Looks good though.

  • GryphKid44

    This phone actually made me want an LG phone for a few seconds. It looks great but the lack of a microSD slot kills it for me.

  • spydie

    slightly smaller battery than the Note 2. Is that a quad core or dual core processor? I like the buttons on the back, but I miss the S-pen

    • Yousef

      Quad

  • ConCal

    I can't stand that fat ugly LG logo on the bottom of the screen. I may sound dumb, but that's a deal breaker for me. Aesthetics matters.

  • QwietStorm

    Think I might have to get this phone super subsidized on T-Mobile and then sell it when the Nexus 5 comes out. 3000 mAh battery? These specs are grrrrreat! /TonytheTiger

  • Joshua

    Holding my Note 2 so that my fingers rest where those back keys would be is a little strange, but it doesn't feel like I'm stretching or otherwise going out of my way to reach that area. I could see this panning out for LG.

  • Eduardo Castillo

    Though the hardware of it is a lot better than the Galaxy Note II, I think the Note II still has many more useful features. Though that Guest Mode seems pretty useful.

  • Stiggy

    I'm not sure if I actually want this or if I still just have a spec boner. What else will be coming this year with s800 though?

  • illithid

    Bottom facing speakers? No thanks. I always hate how mute my Nexus 4 is every time I put it on the table, and I imagine this will be about the same.

    Rear or front firing speakers should be the norm nowadays.

  • cesar suarez

    LG Optimus G PRO + Samsung Galaxy S4 = LG Galaxy 2 :p

  • firethorn

    I'm not feeling the Rear Key gimmick, but other than that this looks like a fabulous device. If this was the base for the next Nexus phone, I wouldn't be sad.

  • Mike

    Wow what a beautiful and powerful phone. Probably the most high end phone I've ever seen. To bad its enormous.

  • andre piper

    I wonder if LG actually tested this....lol... why would i want my power and volume buttons at back. And why are manufacturers still chasing screen size... I hope this doesn't turn out to be nexus 5

  • Tyler

    So... with the power button on the back, how am I supposed to turn on my phone when it's in my car dock? That's going to be somewhat awkward...

  • mant0x

    If LG is lying about not making Nexus 5, then I will grab one of these, but honestly NEXUS 5 would be a lot better, IMHO.

  • STRiKER

    Oh yes. As if the fact that I cannot unlock my device while its lying on my desk makes me happy. Duh!

  • Ramakrishna Tallam

    LG INTRODUCED ITS NEW G2 SMARTPHONE.
    http://www.trendsrtk.blogspot.in/2013/08/lg-introduced-its-new-g2-smartphone.html#.Ug5aQr2OwV4

    The G2 smartphone consists of 5.2-inch full HD display with the processor quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. It is the first apparatus contains Qualcomm's chip. It also has advanced qualified with LTE model and fastest wireless speed connectivity.

    The LG smartphone G2 is definitely different while compared to other device volume and power buttons location. The three button were located on the back side of the phone. Rear key design enclose a different in LG model.

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