At a press event Thursday in Taipei, LG announced its new flagship phone G2 will be available for sale starting this October. Pre-order will start as early as September.

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The phone is available in black and white with two different storage options, 16 GB and 32 GB. It is expected to carry a higher price tag than the currently available Optimus G Pro.

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Ditching the Optimus moniker, the G2 is still every inch a flagship. With 5.2 inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen, a Qualcomm Snapgradon 800 2.26 Ghz quad-core processor, 2 GB memory and a relatively large 3000 mAh battery, the G2 is well-equipped to take on the current crop of high-end Androids. To sweeten the deal, the LG G2 also features a OIS 13 MP rear shooter and a 2.1 MP front facing camera.

The G2 has a 5.2 inch IPS screen and a narrow 2.65 mm bezels. The big screen dominates the front panel, taking 75.9 percent of the total area. With the inbuilt Graphic Ram (GRAM), static screen power consumption is reduced by roughly 26 percent. As a result, battery life is expected to improve by 10 percent.

Tipping the scale at 143 g, the G2 is not the lightest of smartphones. However, with the narrow bezel and the rear keys, daily operation is quite comfortable. Web browsing and media consumption experience is especially pleasing on the G2 due to the large screen.

Compared to previous models, the 13 MP shooter on the G2 with optical image stabilization is able to capture more details. The camera lens at the back of the body is built from  a scratch-resistant sapphire glass to ensure durability and improve quality of capture. Besides, the G2 sports a unique multi-microphones design. It is especially useful in video capture, with the ability to do voice autofocus of different distances.

Although the G2 is made mainly from plastic, the quality of the body is quite good. The only complain is from the glossy back cover due to its ability to attract finger prints. Also, lacking a microSD port and a removable battery, expandable storage and battery is out of the equation.

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With the on board Snapdragon 800 processor, the G2’s UI operation is fluid. There are also plenty of user changeable customization options such as the home screen icons, the notification bar keys and the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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LG also introduces the Guest Mode in the G2. With the ability to protect important files and applications from other users, the Guest Mode is quite useful. This feature works by allowing other users to unlock the phone with a different pattern from the main user, thus triggering the guest mode with limited access to root files and applications.

There are many more software features included in the G2 such as smart screen, smart ringtones and smart gestures. The smart gestures is interesting by allowing switching of application when three fingers are swiped across the screen.

The camera software in the G2 is feature-rich and the interface is also pretty self-explanatory. See pictures below for details:

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Below are some samples from the G2’s camera:

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Apart from several breakthroughs in functionalities and design, the G2 is the first product of LG that utilizes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, which ensure fluid operation throughout the user interface.

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Hardware wise, LG definitely does it right by ticking all boxes of a flagship. Software of the G2 is also fluid and feature-rich. The G2 should definitely see more sales if LG were to speed up the software updates in the future.

Source: VR-Zone Chinese