It’s the season for new smartphones and LG is joining the party with its brand new LG G2 Android smartphone. This is the official successor to last year’s LG Optimus G, except they have completely abandoned the “Optimus” branding for this go-around. The G2 name reminds me of the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) from yesteryear, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t what LG was going for.

Whereas the also recently announced MOTO X is designed to abandon the spec war to focus on the user experience, the LG G2 is chocked full of high-end specs for all you spec junkies out there. It gets a massive 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, a thin 8.9mm profile and the behemoth Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz. That’s blazing fast. It gets backed by 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, graphic RAM built into the display, 13MP camera with OIS, and slim speakers with Hi-Fi sound. The larger 3,000mAh battery should help to keep this reasonably powered for your standard workday.

Comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy S4 are inevitable and LG is implementing several software features that are reminiscent of its Korean cousin. You get things like quick memos, dual shots, and the ability to answer a call simply by putting the phone on your face. There is a unique Guest Mode feature that you access by simply using a different unlock pattern on the lock screen.

While elements of the design are going to be reminiscent of Samsung’s offerings, LG does have at least one thing that’s different: there are no buttons on the sides. Instead, the power and volume buttons have relocated to the back, just below the camera. This is supposed to aid in the one-handed operation of the LG G2.

This looks like a serious solid outing for LG, but in such a heated and heavily competitive smartphone market, the LG G2 could have a hard time attracting an audience. It’s powerful and sleek, but what makes it special? In any case, pricing has not yet been announced, but the LG G2 should launch with over 130 international carriers before year’s end.

Via The Verge

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