KOREAN HARDWARE FIRM LG announced its flagship G2 smartphone at an event in New York on Wednesday.
The LG G2 is arguably LG's highest specification smartphone so far, and it sees the firm looking to steal market share from the likes of Samsung and Sony.
On the hardware front, the LG G2 features a 5.2in 1080x1920 Full HD IPS touchscreen with a pixel density of 423ppi. This screen also features a tiny 2.65mm bezel, LG said, making it one of the few smartphones on the market to feature a truly edge to edge display.
This screen is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Graphic RAM (GRAM) for more efficient energy use, with LG claiming that this reduces the display's energy use by up to 26 percent. This is paired with a 3,000mAh battery, and LG claims the G2 can power through an entire day.
Perhaps one of the handset's most interesting hardware features is its design, however, with the LG G2 the first smartphone with its physical keys placed on its back. Named "the Rear Key concept", the design has the main power buttons and volume keys alongside the phone's 13MP camera sensor, which LG claims make the buttons easier to operate and will result in "fewer dropped phones".
Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the LG G2 features a number of additional software features too. These include: Answer Me, which automatically answers the phone when its held up to your face; Quickremote, allowing the phone to be used as a TV remote; and Slide Aside, which enables easier multitasking by sliding open apps off to the side.
LG CEO Dr Jong-Seok Park said, "Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school. We wanted to better understand a product from a consumers point of view. In this regard, LG believes today's innovation must resonate with consumers - the LG G2 makes an effort to understand and learn human behaviour."
Other LG G2 specifications include 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, an 8.9mm thick profile and black and white colour variants.
The LG G2 will be available globally within the next eight weeks, although there's no word on pricing yet. µ
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