LG’s Optimus G2 landed today in NYC.  Note that the company is no longer using the Optimus moniker and according to company heads this will be the case for all handsets going forward.

So is the G2 a powerhouse?  A quick look at the specs and I’d say so.  Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, a chip that is step up from the one’s found in Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One.   But processing power is hardly the completely story.

Pairing with the G2′s engine is 2GB of RAM – pretty standard – and a screen that measures 5.2-inches – that’s a .5-inch increase over the last G phone, the Optimus G.  LG has used an IPS panel, which should offer up a wide viewing angle as well as clarity, in addition to a 1080p resolution (412ppi).  Brightness rings in at 450nits, though real world testing will be the true test of the G2 screen’s performance.

A 3,000mAh battery supplies power.  However, you’ll want to invest in an external battery pack if you’re a power user as it is not user removable.  LG says you’ll be able to get 1.2 days of use and at 3,000mAh I’m inclined to agree.  That said, the phone measures 8.9mm thick, and thanks to Dual Routing technology LG reduced the bezel to just 2.65mm.

And if you’re wondering what those switches are just below the  G2′s 13-megapixel camera (more on that in a sec), you’ll probably be surprised to hear that it’s the phone’s volume and power switch.  Why?  LG felt that this was the best place for them given the G2′s size.  Makes since if you ask me, as this will probably reduce drops when fumbling for the lock or volume switches.

Now, about that 13-megapixel camera. Much like some of Nokia’s Lumia’s phones, the LG G2 includes optical image stabilization, something that is still few and far and between on handsets.

And keeping things pumping along, the LG G2 is the first smartphone to offer 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback.  That is provided of course you’ve got your tunes encoded as such, though one has to assume that the G2′s video capture function will encode audio at this level.  Unfortunately, there is no mention of memory expansion (aka microSd card slot), so you’ll likely run out of room, even if you choose the 32GB variant.

Some other notable features include a tap twice to wake function.  Just hit the screen twice with your finger and the phone will wake up.  Do it again and it will apparently fall back asleep.  There is also a lift to answer function, and a guest feature that let’s, well, guests only access certain apps.

As of this posting there is no official release date, though LG says that the G2 will becoming to all major carriers over the next 8 week in black or white.

Size 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
Weight TBD
Display 5.2-inch IPS 1920×1080 423ppi
Battery 3,000 mAh
Processor Snapdragon 800 with 2GB RAM
OS Android 4.2.2
Connectivity LTE|CDMA|GSM|HSPA
Storage 16GB-32GB
Camera 13MP/HD Video/OIS
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth TBD
Price TBD

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."