LG G2 official specs and features

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 7, 2013

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The LG G2 was just made official at a press event in New York what it calls the “most ambitious phone ever”, so we now have the LG G2 official specs and features. To summarize, most of the rumors we’ve heard leading up to today’s unveiling were accurate.

LG G2 official specifications

Display5.2-inch IPS LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi, 2.65mm bezel
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, quad-core Krait 400 @ 2.26GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
RAM2GB, Graphic RAM
Battery3000 mAh non-removable
Cameras13 MP rear, OIS, autofocus, LED flash, sapphire glass, 2.1 MP front
ConnectivityNFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
OSAndroid 4.2.2, Optimus UI
Dimensions138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, 140g

While rumors that the LG G2 would be the first device to feature 3GB of RAM didn’t pan out, the new flagship from the second largest Korean smartphone manufacturer is nevertheless a beast. We can’t wait to put it through its paces, but at least on paper, the G2 looks like a winner.

The fingerprint sensor was another feature that was rumored for the G2 and failed to materialize. The volume key on the back acts as a power button and camera shutter button, and it can also launch certain apps, such as Quick Memo.

LG controversially moved the volume rocker on the rear, beneath the camera module, which is supposedly a more ergonomic placement. Our Kris Wouk will give this novel setup a try and let you know how it feels.

An interesting feature of the G2 is the Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, which supposedly reduces the energy use of the panel by an impressive 26 percent on a still, and extends overall phone usage time by up to 10 percent.

LG boasted that the camera of the G2 is the only 13MP camera capable of optical image stabilization, without affecting the profile of the phone.

Another interesting feature may be what LG calls “Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound”. While that’s obviously hyperbolic, the 24 bit/192kHz is supposedly a world first.

The LG G2 looks like a feature rich device, having all the bells and whistles you would aspect from a modern high-end smartphone, including support for LTE-A connectivity.

Check out Kris Wouk’s hands-on video of the LG G2:

We’ll be bringing you more details as we have them.

Show Press Release

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone LG G2, the first smartphone introduced under LG’s new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s aim to bring forth more customer-centric innovations.


Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries converged at the renowned Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Centerin New York for the global introduction of the device. Based on LG’s research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, the smartphone offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.


“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of  the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”


New Perspective in Smartphone Design

The LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. The LG G2 shifts the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located. Researchers found that moving the buttons also resulted in fewer dropped phones when adjusting the volume while talking.


Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemoTM and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before. And if the LG G2 is lying on a surface face up, there’s no need to lift the phone to access the power button on the back. With KnockON, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display.


Edge-to-Edge Display and Best-In-Class Power Capacity

LG upped the ante by incorporating a 5.2-inch Full HD display in the LG G2, the largest display designed for one-handed operation in today’s popular 2.7-inch width smartphone category. In addition to the expansive viewing experience, LG’s innovative Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge. And with proven IPS technology, the LG G2 offers superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion.


For more efficient energy usage, the LG G2 employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology. GRAM reduces the display’s energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 10 percent. And with a generous 3,000mAh battery that is thoughtfully designed to take maximum advantage of the interior space, the LG G2 is more than ready for a full day’s work or play.


OIS and High Resolution for Great Pictures

The LG G2’s high-resolution camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments. Most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. The G2 is unique in that it offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. And features such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.


Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound

In recent years, there has been an increase in consumer demand for superior sound in smartphones as high-quality multimedia content becomes more ubiquitous. Smartphones have become hubs for entertainment of all kind — TV shows, movies, games — and consumers expect the sound to be just as good as the image. The LG G2 is the first smartphone on the market today to feature 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound, far superior to a CD. Now consumers can hear a level of audio realism that hasn’t been possible before in a smartphone.


Practical UX Connected to Everyday Life

Research shows that the most frequently used smartphone features are the most basic ones that users often take for granted such as SMS, social networking, directions and of course, making phone calls. The LG G2 comes with a number of compelling user experience (UX) features that provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks:


– Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.

– Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.

– Text Link —Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.

– QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 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.

– Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.

– Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

 Unmatched Performance with Next Generation LTE

The LG G2 runs on the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor and redefines the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Through a long-term partnership collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, LG was able to deploy the chipset integrated perfectly with the LG G2 hardware to offer powerful and yet stable performance.

Following the global launch event in New York City on August 7, the LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Specific dates for market availability will vary by region and carrier.

Key Specifications:

  • – Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • – Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • – Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • – RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • – Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • – Battery: 3,000mAh
  • – Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • – Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • – Colors: Black / White

  • Doug

    Extremely powerful phone, but I’m wondering what innovation there is within the software. Right now, I feel that the hardware coming out is outpacing the software in terms of what’s required to make apps run (which is a good thing in my opinion to make phones last longer without the need to upgrade for functionality). I’m curious as to what this phone has on the software side!

    • mcstraun69

      who cares about gimmicks (at least no one reading this sight should) its for the non-tech savvy average joe…the software is bare-bone, naked android 4.2.2. I don’t want the samsung gimmick features aka bloatware android is fully matured and developed

      • Doug

        I didn’t wanna bring up the Moto X and go on a tangent, but I think it’s a good example. I agree that many phones coming out are full of gimmicky garbage. I consider the Moto X a device that adds USEFUL features that benefit the AOSP experience. That’s why I’m wondering if this device has anything cool to offer other than a processor that won’t even benefit from its clocks peed for another two to three years.

        • mcstraun69

          i understand where your coming from, respect your opinion. The tech world is a really trendy place, not so long ago the trend was cutting edge specs, lately it seems to be user features. I believe that features, the smart stay, active notifications, always on listening should lie with app developers not oem’s. Just give a pure beast phone then i load features that i want through apps. thats the whole point of the play store. evry oem—the samsungs, lg’s etc cant have their own ecosystem of apps and hubs…i don’t want that

          • Doug

            I can second that! OEM’s wanna put features on to make their phones different though. Without being touched by OEM’s, all Android devices would be the same. It would only be a spec race. (Even I gotta admit that’s boring.) With that being said, I think it’s every Android-lover’s dream to turn on a phone for the first time and be asked to use the OEM’s software, or pure AOSP software.

  • LG G2

    I bet this will be at the same Price as Moto X, outright. Now why would people by Moto X.

    • LG G2


    • Lil bit

      The newest trend in USA is to pretend that they don’t care much about hardware, imaginary user experience and useless features is the new IN thing.

  • Laperton

    3000mAh yes!

    • G2forme

      I WILL BUY!

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Yes, that seems evident from your profile pic. :)

    • D

      With a snapdragon 800 at 2.26ghz and 5.2 inch at1080p screen = bye bye 3000mah.
      Will still be roughly a one day battery duration.

    • lil bit

      I have a thought on battery for the western markets, its likely to be Li-ion and not Li-po as mentioned here, then the battery could very well be close to 3100 mah.

      Example, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, in Europe 1200mah Li-ion, in SE Asia 1160mah Li-po. Same with several other Xperia models, Li-ion models have slightly higher capacity but i dont remember any exact numbers for the other models.

  • G2forme

    surprise! 3000mAh battery! SOLD!

    • lil bit

      Card slot not yet confirmed.

      • G2forme

        yes it does have!

        • lil bit

          Show me the card slot then.

          One side has nothing, the other has a nano SIM tray. So where?

          • lil bit

            Ok, somewhat good news, the card slot is region specific. But which regions? Only China, like the HTC One?

  • allan

    it must be a adreno 330????

  • Dominique Ovalle

    Shouldn’t it be adreno 330 for the snapdragon 800?:)

  • poop

    “The LG G2 looks like a feature rich device, having all the bells and whistles you would aspect from a modern high-end smartphone, including support for LTE-A connectivity.”

    Shouldn’t that “aspect” be “expect?”

  • DrewNusser

    All the bells and whistles you would aspect?

  • S.L Jones

    Nexus 5 please… with exact same specs of course! Then either LG or Sony can take my money… Looking forward to Honami, if it doesn’t impress, then hopefully Nexus 5 come out with same specs as this

  • lil bit

    Sorry guys, it’s confirmed.
    No card slot, 32 gig internal.
    Non removable back cover.

    • lil bit

      Some half way good news is that the card slot is region specific. But which regions, maybe only in China like HTC One?

      • lil bit

        Some say now that card slot only for AT&T and China.

    • No IR, no stylus

  • Does it have wireless charging?

  • xtriker360

    So does it have SD card or not?

    • G2forme

      it does!

    • lil bit

      Yes, for AT&T and China only it seems. International version no card slot.

      Im still in for Sony i1, waterproof and card slot, BUT ONLY IF i1 has Triluminous display. If not, i dont see G2 as a worthy upgrade from Xperia Z, OIS isnt important enough to sacrifice that much storage. What good is 1080p videos at 60fps without proper storage? My Xperia Z will be 144GB the day i can buy a 128GB micro SD card, supported since the 4.2.2 update.

  • charls637

    waiting for note 3 :)

    • G2forme

      Note3 is too big… G2 is the perfect size to me…

  • Luka Mlinar

    Most of the time i’m going about my business around a house and every now and again ill turn my phone on to check the notifications, or time, or just to satisfy my OCD. Usually i would just push the power button on and off but now i need to pick up my phone every time? This would work if it had the same notification sense thing like the Motorola so i wouldn’t need to touch the power button but this is just crazy. Also the thing is big. I know fanboys will defend it to death but come on. It’s a phablet.

    • lil bit

      Doubletap the display, just like on Nokia N9

      • Luka Mlinar

        Missed that one. Well i take it back. Still think it’s big :P

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Yeah, the screen is big, but the bezels are so small that it will end up about the same size as the GS4 and One.

  • Jamal Ahmed

    i’d want this, or sony honami to be the Nexus 5

  • Amine Elouakil

    What do you mean by Graphic RAM in the RAM section can you explane this to us please.

    Graphic RAM

    • From what I understand, the display has its own memory, that it uses when a static frame is displayed. So the graphic RAM caches that static frame, leaving the GPU and controller to idle, saving battery.

  • poop

    Wait, why does it now say that the battery is non-removable? Say it ain’t so; this was the thing I was riding on that really decides it for me.

  • Nitinart Nunthong

    does it use a gorilla glass 3 ?

  • jing hui

    I am waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 :) I guarantee that the note 3 will beat the shit out of this no matter what you compare . Samsung galaxy Note 3 to be unveiled to the world on 4th September 2013 . So excited to see it coming . Maybe it will feature 3GB of Ram and a better Cpu . Beat that you Sony Xperia Z Ultra / HTC One Max / LG G2 . Note 3 for the win !!!! Btw I am using my Galaxy Note 2 to type this comment :)

  • Jaun Lombard

    Okay I am a big fan of the S4, but this G2 is Awesome!!

    Only things I dislike are the shiny plastic like the S4…non-removable cover and no Sd-slot. Plus the hardware isn’t such a major leap over the S4…Only real upgrade is the snapdragon 800 and speakers…

    “most ambitious phone ever”I wont say this is the most ambitious phone in the world (the Sony xperis Z Ultra is packing more ambitious stuff, but ts rather a facelift of the HTC One and S4 (well the S4 is coming with a Snapdragon 800)

    I think the phone that will be better than this is the Note 3 and the next Sony…

  • Goblin

    No wireless charging??

  • candlelarbra5212

    I would like a SD card slot please.

  • Eddy

    For users interested primarily in specs and hardware, the G2 has plenty to offer. But for most smartphone shoppers, this phone is going to have a tough time standing out in the crowded menu of enticing Android options.