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LG Reveal 'G2': 5.2" Hero Phone

By Oonagh Reidy | Thursday | 08/08/2013

Is this LG best phone ever? Its brighter, bigger and no side keys: Meet G2

As excitement built around LG new hero , the new 5.2" G2 was revealed at Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, where LG Mobile boss branded it "ambitious mobile phone in our company's history." 

LG has enlarged its hero phone to a massive  5.2-inch Full HD IPS display (Optimus G was 4.7"), the largest display designed for one-handed operation. 

The home of jazz was also fitting launch location  - it has best audio credentials of any phone (24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback), 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabilizer and can be turned on without using the on/off key. 

Oh, and no side keys - volume keys are at the back.  

 The G2 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2,  looks similar to Samsung S4, but there several major differences - for one, its thinner(bezel shrinked to 2.65mm) and all the buttons on the Rear Key - the first smartphone to be devoid of side buttons. 

Moving the main buttons to the back gave users more control since this is where index fingers are naturally located, says LG, and means fewer dropped phones when adjusting volume while talking (which is always good news). 

It runs a potent quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with quad Krait CPU. 

Key Specs: 

- 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 

The first smartphone  under the new "G" Series for premium devices, LG need to pull out all the stops. And it may just have 

A rising star in the smartphone race. Recent figures show it grew marketshare in the ultra competitive smartphone race. 

There's other cool stuff on G2, like when its face up, there's no need to lift it to turn it on, all you have to do is tap twice on the display, called KnockON. 

Other UX features include: Answer Me - auto answers when the phone is raised, Text Link allows info embedded in texts to be selected and saved, QuickRemote - G2 be used to remote control home entertainment devices, Slide Aside - easier multitasking by simply "sliding" open apps off, Guest Mode - displays only pre-selected apps when guests use the phone.

LG also says 3,000mAh battery is "more than ready for a full day's work."

All eyes on G2
G2's 13MP high-resolution camera is also impressive: its Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) meaning no blurring, clearer images in motion or shooting in dim environments. The G2 camera has features of a standalone digital camera such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF. 

The G2 audio quality is massive - it has 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like audio quality. 

"Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Mobile Communications

"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 LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 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," LG said in a statement. 

LG Australia confirmed G2 will be available in Q4 in 4G, exclusively through Optus retail channels as a post-paid handset (no plans pricing yet), or for outright at "select retail partners" for $699. 

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