Today LG announced the LG G2. They announced a few weeks back that they're dropping the Optimus branding on their high-end.
Aimed squarely at the Galaxy S4 and it's comparables the G2 out-Galaxy's the GS4 on a number of fronts:
- 5.2" 1920x1080 display
- 2.65mm side bezels with rear controls
- 3000mAh battery
- 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization
- 24bit/192kHz music playback
- 2.26Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- Android 4.2.2 (did LG wait till 4.3 came out to release this?)
- 32GB or 16GB of storage
- 2GB RAM
- 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
So they've managed to shoe-horn a 5.2" screen into the chassis of a 4.7/4.8"ish phone. I don't know about you but the G2 looks like a very difficult phone to hold. To make it a little easier they've moved the controls to the back. I'm not sure how well that would work.
The 3000mAh battery is a nice touch, that's almost as big as the one you get in the Galaxy Note 2 so the G2 might have a chance of lasting the day on a single charge for more people.
Under the hood the 2.26Ghz quad-core processor should fly. The North American GS4's come with a 1.9Ghz version of this processor while the HTC One 1.7Ghz. Will it be noticeably faster? Probably not unless you have them side-by-side but it's still nice to have the fastest one out there.
2GB of RAM is par-for-the-course. Last year's Optimus G came with 2GB as did the Samsung GSIII/GS 4, HTC One, Xperia Z/ZL, etc. More would be nice but 2GB is more than enough right now.
The 24bit/192Khz music playback is an interesting feature. I'm guessing LG is making use of the fact that Android now supports external DAC. I wonder how good the headphone jack will sound and if they back this with a good amp.
I guess whiners will whine that it only comes with Android 4.2.2. The timing of the G2's release is kind of funny since LG has this reputation of being a little behind-the-curve when it comes to updates since 4.3 came out last week. Then again, it will probably be a few months till any non-Nexus phone comes with 4.3.