Now that most of the big guns have showed off their latest smartphones at IFA, you've got a pretty good idea of what's in store for the fall hardware parade. If you've decided on LG's G2 flagship, you won't have to wait very long on Verizon or T-Mobile. Big Red will be first out of the gate with its heavily-branded G2 on September 12th, with a price tag of $199.99 on a two-year contract.
T-Mobile will follow with their own version on September 18th on their Uncarrier contract-free payment plans. The online store will be stocked on the 18th, retailers will be selling the phone starting on the 25th. A $99.99 down-payment plus a $21 a month surcharge on your bill for two years pays for the phone. Of course you can buy the phone outright on either carrier: T-Mobile's works out to just over $600 with the payment plan, but Verizon isn't saying how much its off-contract phone will cost. All versions of the LG G2 use a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and those nifty rear-mounted control buttons. But Verizon gets something extra (aside from extraneous logos): wireless charging. Verizon stores will be heavily promoting the exclusive feature and the expensive wireless charging pads that go with it.
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T-Mobile is also launching the LG Optimus F6, a decidedly low-end phone with a 4.5-inch screen, on September 11th. It uses a resolution of 960x540 (very low compared to other phones of this size), a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, and just 4GB of storage plus MicroSD. It's running an LG-customized version of Android 4.1, which I suppose could be worse. T-Mobile will sell the phone for a reasonable $289.99 outright or $50 down and $10 a month. But the Play Store has a T-Mobile compatible Nexus 4 for an even more reasonable $250. You should probably get that instead, unless you really need the LTE radio in the Optimus F6.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced the official U.S. launch of the LG G2, LG's latest flagship smartphone as part of LG's newly branded "G" series of premium devices and the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor.
Available through Verizon Wireless beginning on Sept. 12 for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, the LG G2 blends an intuitive rear-key design with intelligent features and powerful software to create an exceptional user experience ideal for taking mobile multi-tasking to the next level.
"The smartphone is our constant companion, our go-to for entertainment, organization, communication and capturing memories," said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. "With the G2, LG has taken into consideration all of these behaviors and used them to create an evolved mobile device that provides tangible user benefits truly designed for how people use their devices."
The LG G2's innovative design is a first of its kind. Eliminating the need for multiple navigation buttons, the LG G2 is equipped with a single refined rear key that serves as the command center for power and volume functions. The device's sleek and super-slim body provides comfortable, one-hand gripping and its near-zero bezel delivers edge-to-edge viewing on an expansive 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display.
Sporting an impressive 13 megapixel Full HD camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), the LG G2 gives users the freedom to capture crystal clear images without having to pause photo-worthy moments already in motion. Powered by the industry's most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor, the LG G2 goes beyond smartphone standards to deliver stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency.
An intuitive LG G2 user experience gives consumers a wide selection of optimized software. With the "Knock On" feature, users can bring the LG G2 to life or set it to sleep mode by simply tapping the screen with their fingertip. The "Answer Me" feature automatically answers calls when the LG G2 is raised to one's ear, reducing the number of missed calls caused by accidentally hitting a wrong button. The "Slide Aside" feature allows for faster, more efficient multi-tasking by giving users the ability seamlessly transition between open apps.
- Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 featuring Quad Core Krait CPU
- Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
- Total Internal Memory: 32GB
- RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
- Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
- Camera Features: Dual Recording/Dual Camera for shooting simultaneous content, Pause and Resume to stop and start in record mode for continuous video, Live Zoom to zoom in and out on videos during playback and Shot & Clear for clearing out unnecessary background images
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Advanced Sound Qualities: Hi-Fi sound playback, Hi-Fi sound recording, HD multichannel audio
- Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
- Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
- Wireless Charging Compatible (wireless charger sold separately and exclusively available at Verizon Wireless)
T-Mobile Announces Availability and Pricing for All-New LG G2 and LG Optimus F6 - The wait is almost over for T-Mobile customers looking to get their hands on the latest LTE smartphones from LG Electronics. The LG G2 and LG Optimus F6 will further expand T-Mobile’s ever-growing LTE smartphone lineup and will both be available with the Simple Choice Plan, which offers unlimited talk, text and Web with no annual service contract on a speedy nationwide network.
The innovative LG G2 – with a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 13MP camera, an ergonomic and intuitive rear key design and easy-to-use multitasking applications – is sure to stun and provide virtually all the advanced features smartphone users expect. Starting today, the all-new LG G2, the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, is available to pre-order and expected to go on-sale September 18 online at www.T-Mobile.com. The device will launch nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 25. The flagship device will be available for well-qualified customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $21 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. The smartphone will be available in a black finish as well as a white finish, which will only be offered online.
With the affordable Optimus F6, customers won’t have to compromise on style and functions. It boasts a bright and super sharp 4.5-inch display and 5MP camera with LG-exclusive advanced camera features. We expect the stylish, fast and full-featured Optimus F6 to launch online via www.T-Mobile.com starting September 5 and to be available nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 11. With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, the Optimus F6 will cost $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $101 – making it one of T-Mobile’s most affordable Android-powered smartphones. For more information on the Optimus F6, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-f6.html.