Life is suddenly Good, especially now that G2 has been unveiled in New York taking Apple, Samsung, Sony and even HTC for mighty spin.
As rumored, on 7th August LG officially revealed the ‘successor to the Optimus G’ during a launch event Wednesday in New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center venue.
The hardware specs with G2 are top-of-the-line, it is sporting a 5.2-inch full HD display and running on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The G2 is the first global device to date to include Qualcomm’s highest-end chip. The device is also capable of LTE-Advanced chip, allowing for faster wireless speeds in places like Korea, the U.S. doesn’t yet have the faster network.
As you can see in the picture, the most noticeable difference from other devices is the location of the volume and power buttons. The three buttons are now placed on the back of the phone rather than on their typical location on the side of the device. LG noted that its rear key design came from studies that showed that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side buttons… and I second that!
Volume keys are multi-fulctional. Holding the volume-down button for a period of time activates the camera, while holding the volume-up opens a note-taking program called “QuickMemo.” Users also can turn on the display without pushing the rear power button; “KnockOn” allows users to power on the device simply by tapping twice on the display.
There are other features in the device such as “Answer Me” automatically answers a call when the phone is raised to a person’s ear, and “Text Link” allows information embedded in text messages, such as addresses, to be easily selected, saved, and searched on a map or the Internet. “Guest Mode” protects a user’s privacy by displaying only certain apps when someone besides the phone’s owner unlocks the device.
The smartphone comes with Hi-Fi audio and a 3,000 mAh battery specially designed for the device by sister company LG Chem. The company estimates the battery should allow the device to last 1.2 days on a single charge. To help improve performance, the G2 has a dedicated RAM for graphics, known as GRAM. The memory 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.
G2 is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera with eight-times zoom and antishake capabilities. Shooting modes include a dual-camera feature and tracking zoom, among others. And the phone comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The phone will be made available in over 130 carriers inlcuding the four major carriers in US.
For Korea, G2 will have its own specialized version of the smartphone which will have a removable back. LG’s Korean user base prefers the ability to replace the battery, LG spokesman Ken Hong said at the launch event.
Users will also be able to buy “Quick Window Cases” that have a window cut out to show time, date, weather, and other details, as well as QuadBeat Earphones that take advantage of the Hi-Fi audio. The cases will come in seven different colors, but pricing hasn’t yet been set. The earphones likely will cost $20 to $30, the company said.
Here is a list new features that G2 entails:
- Instant Access to QuickMemo and Camera: Hold the Volume Up button for 3 seconds and you can launch the QuickMemo app, which lets you doodle with your finger or a stylus. Hold the Volume Down button for 3 seconds and the Camera will launch. Upon launch, the Volume Down button can also act as a Shutter button.
- Knock Knock (Double tap to unlock): You can “knock knock” or tap the phone screen twice to wake up your phone or put it to sleep.
- 9 Multi-point Auto-Focus: When you are taking a picture, the G2 can focus on nine separate objects or people at once, like a DSLR, representatives say.
- Audio Zoom: When you zoom in on someone in a video, the audio recording will zoom in and listen to them more accurately, blocking out other sound.
- Hi-Fi Music and Audio: The G2 is the first smartphone that can play 24bit, 192kHz FLAC and WAV files. International models of the phone will come with special headphones for hearing advanced audio.
- Guest Mode: Like new versions of standard Android, the G2 supports a guest profile, allowing you to share your phone with a kid or friend without fearing they will mess with your stuff.
- Answer Me: If you get a call, just put the phone up to your ear and it will automatically answer. We’ve seen this feature on other phones.
- Quick Remote: LG is refining its infrared remote control abilities. Now you can teach your LG phone how to control your TV by aiming the TV remote at the G2′s infrared port.
- Quick Window Case: Like the Galaxy S4 (though LG had a version of this in one of the Spectrum phones), the G2 will have cases that allow