LG’s first ‘compact’ smartphone G2 Mini Announced, Global Rollout begins in March.

LG have introduced their first compact smartphone, dubbed the G2 Mini today. But just how “mini” is it and what compromises come with this new variant?

 

 

 

 

The G2 Mini by LG will be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain later this month. LG want to increase it’s role in the global market by bringing features that customers loved about the G2 into this G2 Mini and then launch it globally starting from March.

LG G2 Mini Black (Image Credit: LG)

LG G2 Mini Black (Image Credit: LG)

The first of these features to be brought over is “Guest Mode”. Simply put, Guest Mode allows a user to safely pass on their phone to a friend or family member without worrying about sensitive information being seen since this is protected by a unique unlock code. Another feature is “Plug & Pop” which produces a contextual based list of apps and shortcuts when either a USB cable or earphones are connected. This is fairly reminiscent to the “Page Buddy” feature found on the Samsung GALAXY S4 and other Samsung GALAXY devices.

As mentioned above, LG wants the G2 Mini to be a global success and thus it comes in some interesting variants. The LG G2 mini will be available in single SIM, dual-SIM, 3G, and 4G LTE variants and for those of you that like colour, you’ll be pleased to know the G2 Mini will arrive in Titan Black, Lunar White, Red and Gold.

LG G2 AND LG G2 Mini Product Family (Image Credit: LG)

LG G2 AND LG G2 Mini Product Family (Image Credit: LG)

The whole “mini” smartphone trend was started by Samsung with the Galaxy S3 Mini, then later the Galaxy S4 Mini. However in recent months, HTC and even Sony have joined the trend with the HTC One Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact respectively. It was only a matter of time till LG joined too, however their size of device might make you question the term “mini”. The LG G2 mini has a 4.7 inch display. To put that in some perspective, HTC’s flagship device of last year, the HTC One had a screen size of 4.7 inches, whereas “mini” phones like the S4 Mini (4.3 inches), Xperia Z1 Compact (4.3 inches) and HTC One Mini (4.3 inches) are far smaller than the G2 Mini’s. Another compromise that’s been made is the resolution, the G2 Mini has a 4.7 inch IPS display but the resolution is only 960 x 540 pixels (234 ppi).

Two areas where LG has excelled in making a “mini” smartphone is with the battery and the processor. The battery is 2,440 mAh, enough to get average consumers a solid day use. The processor comes in two flavours depending on whether you go for the 3G/LTE version or the Latin America LTE (LATAMLTE) version. The 3G/LTE G2 Mini comes equipped with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core processor while the LATAMLTE version packs a 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad-Core Tegra4i processor. LG feels that this optimum hardware coupled with the 4.7 inch display will satisfy “consumer demand for a practical smartphone with premium features”.

The G2 Mini, as expected, continues the familiar rear key design found on the LG G2 and the LG G Flex and the G2 mini ships with Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. For more on the inspiration behind the rear key navigation, do read this interview we did with Thierry Abi Khalil, from LG.

“Recent trends have seen the emergence of larger screens and phablets, which offer an incredible viewing experience on the go, however we must not forget that there is still a huge appetite for smaller devices that fit conveniently into pockets and handbags.” said Andy Coughlin, Head of Mobile LG UK.
LG G2 AND LG G2 Mini Product Family (Image Credit: LG)

LG G2 AND LG G2 Mini Product Family (Image Credit: LG)

The G2 mini will begin its global rollout in March with the 3G Dual SIM model in CIS countries followed soon after by major markets in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia —including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan—and Europe. Unfortunately, TeckComesFirst won’t be present at MWC this year but I’ll definitely try and cover the G2 Mini later on in the year so stay tuned to the PDTechHD YouTube Channel as well as here on TeckComesFirst.


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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

What do you guys think of the G2 Mini? Will it prove to be a success for LG?

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I’m a 23 year old Maths Graduate, who has a great passion for technology and in my spare time I make videos on YouTube to show my passion. I'm also co-admin here at TeckComesFirst and I joined this site back in January 2012.
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  • VirensPocket

    Amazing article Purav! The G2 Mini seems like a great phone and it’s colours are interesting! Loads of companies are now making smaller versions of their flagships! Good work!

  • The G2 Mini seems… terrible. But great article!

  • Sebastian

    Great article and interesting phone! The G2 was already a very sexy phone and the Mini doesn’t disappoint either except for the screen resolution.

  • Loving these pictures of the LG G2 Mini. I don’t know if i would buy one. I’ve been an iPhone since 2007. The battery doesn’t seem strong. Great article.