August 7, 2013
LG Introduces Flagship G2 Smartphone
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
On Wednesday, LG introduced its newest smartphone, the G2, at a high profile event at Lincoln Center. While the South Korean consumer electronics giant has stayed step for step with rival Samsung in several categories, including televisions, in which there has been some fierce competition at times, in the mobile space LG has lagged behind.
Currently, LG is the third-largest smartphone maker in the world after rivals Samsung and Apple, but is also facing increased pressure from smaller rivals, including Chinese firms such as Lenovo and ZTE.
With this in mind, LG has introduced the G2, which is the first handset to be introduced under the "G" premium device series.
Cnet noted that the press event lacked the "overly dramatic theatrics of Samsung's GS4 debut, but did feature a curious spotlight on a single Vienna Boys' choir singer at the end." However, it was grand enough to remind the audience and the world that the G2 could be the next big thing in the smartphone space.
"Technology without empathy can no longer be considered innovation," LG mobile CEO Jong-Seok Park said during the event on Wednesday. "Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school."
With that in mind, the company appears to have given the new handset some serious design consideration. This includes the repositioning of the volume and power buttons to the rear of the handset -- where a user's hand might naturally rest when taking calls. This "rear key" concept reportedly came from studying usability with larger handsets and is designed to give users more control.
While it has a larger "footprint," the device is rather slim, measuring in at 138.5x70.9x8.9mm.
The handset features a nearly 5.2-inch edge-to-edge display with a 1080x1920 pixel resolution and a mere 2.65mm bezel to each side. The handset is powered by a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 mobile operating system. It features a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.
The high-resolution camera will offer LG's "Optical Image Stabilization" technology, which is designed to prevent blurring while delivering sharper images when in motion or even shooting in low light conditions.
There are options for both 16GB and 32GB of onboard storage. All this could normally mean users might be worried about whether the phone's battery can go the distance, but LG claims that it has worked to ensure that the G2 will feature a long battery life, and that the batteries will hold a charge longer than previous LG models. This is accomplished in part through LG's Graphics RAM technology, which reduces the display's energy use by up to 26 percent, while increasing overall battery life by approximately ten percent.
Software on the handset has also been updated, and includes new features to make using the phone a little easier. This includes the new "KnockOn" feature, which will let users turn the device on by tapping the screen twice, instead of having to flip it over to access the power button. Other features include an option for automatic call pickup when the handset is picked up.
One other feature of the handset that stands out is its "guest mode," which limits access to the phone -- including apps -- and is aimed at parents who want to restrict what their children might do on the handset.
The G2 will be released in South Korea later in Q3 of this year, with a US launched expected to follow. It will likely be sold by the four major carriers. T-Mobile has already confirmed that it will be offering the G2 to its subscribers later this year.