LG has introduced its latest smartphone, the G2, at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The major thing to standout about the phone? LG has removed all the side buttons, putting power and volume buttons on the back.
Is putting buttons on the back instead of the side a good thing? LG says so. They claim their studies show that as smartphones getting bigger, it becomes more difficult to use the side buttons. It certainly gives the G2 a sleek look. But consumers will ultimately decide.
Otherwise, let’s get into the nitty gritty of the G2.
Specs are very good. There’s a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS, LTE connectivity, a 13-megapixel back-facing camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing one.
LG claims the phone will hold a charge for a full day on a single charge.
LG has added a nifty feature called ‘KnockOn’ – which allows a user to simply tap their screen twice to turn it on.
Another nice feature is the ‘guest mode’ option. This allows the user to restrict sections of the phone or access only certain apps. This should be great for parents who don’t want their kids checking their email or using a particular app.
The G2 will launch in South Korea in October, with a U.S. release shortly thereafter. All four major U.S. carries will carry the G2. No pricing has been announced.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.