Just a couple of days ago, Korean company LG launched its latest flagship Android smartphone — the LG G2. It’s the company’s first smartphone under the new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s objective to “learn from you [the consumers]“.

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The LG G2 flaunts 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, the largest display designed for one-handed operation (according to the company). LG’s Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge.

The LG G2 has shifted the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons.

The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys.

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The power/sleep button is flanked by the volume rock which also serves as shortcuts for the Quick Memo feature (top) and the Camera (bottom).

If you’re worried about putting smudges on the camera lens, then fret no more as the camera lens is covered with an Anti-fingerprint Saphhire Crystal Glass, which is “3x stronger than tempered glass”.

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The LG G2 is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera which can record FullHD 1080p videos in up to 60 fps and an enhanced, superb Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology “to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments”. It also has features such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF which help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.

Aside from that, LG has also enhanced the quality of audio output. The G2 is capable of reproducing Hi-Fi 24 bit/192kHz. Moreover, the company has collaborated with the Vienna Boy’s Choir to freshen up the available sounds and ringtones on the device.

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LG has repeatedly said that the LG G2 is inspired by the things they have learned from us (“Learning From You”) and with this, the company has come up with a number of compelling user experience features which provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks:

  • Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.
  • Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.
  • Text Link — Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.
  • QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.
  • Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.
  • Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

Premium accessories will also be made available for the LG G2 such as the QuickWindow case which allows you to control basic tasks on your phone without using the actual phone. It’s basically a “more convenient phone outside a phone”. Watch the video below for more info:

Furthermore, here are some of the interesting hands-on review videos of the LG G2:

Running on the latest Android JellyBean mobile OS and powered by a massive 3,000mAh battery, the LG G2 appears to be a very stylish yet powerful device, and can definitely go a head-to-head competition with the other flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Apple iPhone 5. For some, the real deal breaker here is its lack of microSD slot.

Available in black and white variants, the LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Pricing and availability in the Philippines are still yet to be announced. But we’re guessing it will land off at around Php32,000 sometime in November or December.

LG G2 Specifications
BODY 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm (143 g)
DISPLAY 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density)
True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Multitouch; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
MEMORY 32 GB internal storage (24 GB user available)
no microSD
2 GB RAM
CONNECTIVITY HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL; GPRS; EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE; NFC; Infrared; microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host, USB OTG
CAMERA 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Geo-tagging, face detection, optical image stabilization, HDR
1080p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
Secondary: 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURES Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor
Adreno 330
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
OTHER FEATURES Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, gesture
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Browser: HTML5
Radio: No
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Others: Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS applications, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/DviX player, MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3 player, Photo viewer/editor, Document viewer/editor, Organizer, Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
COLORS Black, White
AVAILABILITY TBA (Philippines)
PRICE TBA (Philippines)
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