It's been little over a week and the Indian smartphone arena has witnessed a series of frantic round of launches. The biggest players in the industry including Samsung, Sony, Nokia have given us the three most important and biggest smartphones of this year till now - Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020.
Hoping to chew on the sales figures, today LG India has also become the part of the dogfight today. Yes, the South Korean smartphone maker has launched its most innovative flagship successor on the Indian grounds today, that is, LG G2 at a competitive price of Rs. 41,500.
The 5.2 inch has already been made available for pre-order on online store Saholic for Rs, 40,449 for quite a while now. Following the official launch today, India's leading e-commerce site Flipkart has also listed LG G2 as a 'forthcoming item.' The 32GB variant has been listed for Rs. 43,490, while the 16GB variant can be picked up for Rs. 40,490.
Touted at IFA 2013, the technology expo which took place a month ago in Berlin, LG G2 flaunts a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display and runs on the latest 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU along with 2GB of RAM. It draws its power from a 3,000 mAh battery and for imaging, there's a 13MP rear camera with OIS and LED Flash along with a 2.1 MP front camera. The devices comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean 4.2, measures at 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm dimension and can be picked up in two colors, black and white.
Further, at the event the company informed that LG G2 will be out in the market today in 16GB and 32GB variants with 50GB cloud storage and free cover at official price of Rs 41,500 & Rs 44,500 respectively. Let us inform you, there is no microSD card slot for memory expansion, meanwhile, other connectivity options include 3G, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, Infrared port, USB, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL and Stereo FM radio with RDS.
LG has priced the G2 in between other flagship handsets that were released earlier this month. The 16GB variant shares roughly the same price tag with the Xperia Z1 from Sony (Rs. 40, 449 on Snapdeal). However, while Sony's flagship offers expandable storage up to 64GB, the G2 does not. Moving up the price scale, the LG G2 is much cheaper when compared to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which retails at Rs. 49,299 on Snapdeal. The Note 3 offers expandable storage as well and refrains from placing memory constrains on its users like LG does with the G2.
What's different about the G2 is that LG has placed all the buttons on the rear of the handset, a practice that is unheard of as far as modern day mobilephones are concerned. This also makes it the first smartphone that's devoid of buttons on its side, ones like the volume rocker. How will you unlock the device with ease? Well, LG's added features like "knock on" which allows you to tap twice on the screen at any time to turn the display on or off. Interested in checking out some pictures and learning more about the top features on the new handset? Run through the slider below.
The handset's camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, a common feature in most high-end handsets thse days. However, LG claims that most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. On the other hand, the G2 offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens.
LG has tried to "shift the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device", meaning that you won't find your volume rocker on the side of the phone for those quick volume changes. LG believes that since users always place their index fingers on the rear part of the phone, it would be convenient for them to have all the main keys there as well.
Studio-like sound quality
With the G2, LG promises to deliver studio-like sound quality. It features 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces sound thats far superior to a CD. We're eager to run a test soon to verify if the company's claim is true.
LG has loaded some useful features into its UI to make the phone more convenient foe everyday use. A few note worthy additions are : "Answer Me", which automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one's ear, "Plug & Pop", which recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected and "QuickRemote", which allows the LG G2 to 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.
The G2 is easily one of the fastest Android smartphones out there thanks to its Snapdragon 800 processor. Only a handful of flagships carry this powerful SoC, which has been rated as one of the finest mobile processors ever made.