The majority of the Smartphone manufacturers has indeed gotten the message that not everyone is impressed with a 5-inch or a higher screen monstrous looking smartphone. Some smartphone makers have indeed taken it very seriously and have realized that their mighty phones may not be quite ringing the sale registers owing to their astronomical prices and thus are designing ‘mini’ editions which may not be all that good as the marquee phones but are very impressive, nonetheless.
Korean handset maker LG seems as if it is gearing up for the ‘Mini’ device strategy and is all set to launch the G2 Mini, a small, compact and feature –packed 4.7-inch Android device that borrows much of the attractive style and designing of the stunning G2 but with stripped down hardware.
Screen and other components
The LG G2 Mini’s screen gets a pixel resolution of 960x 540 pixels and this 4.7-inch screen has a 234 pixels per inch screen density. This may not be the best of retina quality offered by some other best screens you can find in the market. Though the G2 packs a powerful 2.26 quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, its younger sibling settles with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. The G2 Mini also settles with nearly half the memory as compared to its big brother. It packs in 1 GB RAM cache as opposed to 2 GB RAM cache found in the mighty G2. The G2 is undoubtedly a speed demon while the G2 may sound less demonic but much impressive.
What is quite interesting about the G2 Mini is that it runs on the 4.4 KitKat, the latest edition from Android. A few mid level smartphones still are launched in the market that run on 4.2, it is quite a welcome move by LG to have the G2 Mini run on 4.4 KitKat. The G2 Mini also gets the ergonomic controls that one sees in the G2. The power button and the volume rocker are housed beneath the camera rather than filling up the otherwise sleek edges of the device.
LG has engineered the G2 Mini to be a smaller, toned down version of the marquee handset, G2 which has won many accolades, not just from buyers but also from critics alike. The G2 Mini will be coming with several of G2’S premium UX features that is sure to leave the global audience much impressed.
Some much popular UX features that one can find in LG’s high-end G series flagship phones, like Plug & Pop and Guest Mode, are also offered in the G2 Mini to appeal to a new generation of users. Since this global, mid-range smartphone was made to satisfy the needs of countless customers in different parts of the world, the G2 Mini will be sold in different variations : four exciting color options like Gold, Red, Lunar White and Titan Black as well in 4G LTE/3G options.
In the past few years, the smartphone market has matured quite a lot and several new categories have been created, like premium, high end devices with a display size of 5-inch and above as well as mid-range devices that fall in the 4.5-inch screen size bracket. Being a 4.7-inch phone with excellent hardware specifications that remain unmatched in its category, the G2 Mini is likely to impress new-age consumers’ demands for a viable smartphone with high-end features. As a compact model of the smartphone that was awarded ‘Best of 2013’ phone award from various sections of the media the G2 carries the innovative and path-breaking design language of the Back Key first which was first seen in the G2. The G2 Mini packs in a 2,440 mAh battery and the vivid IPS screen display and power-packed quad-core processor deliver a exceptional multitasking experience. The fact the G2 Mini runs on 4.4 KitKat version ensures the user gets the most optimized and an up-to-date Android experience available presently in the market.
The G2 Mini is blessed with the exciting combination of the much useful and powerful Plug & Pop feature seen in LG G2. It generates a customizable menu of audio programs and apps automatically when a USB cable or earphones are connected to the device, to provide a great audio experience. G2’s enthusiasts and users can easily identify with the Guest Mode feature. This makes use of a distinct unlock code to secure confidential passwords and other sensitive content and ensures such data is well concealed when the phone is being used by some other person.
Apart from a smaller screen size, the G2 Mini features hardware which is not as high-end as the full-blown G2 but this is only understood since the Mini, as the name suggests, is a stripped down version of the G2. The Mini will be sold with either a NVIDIA Tegra 4i chip or a Snapdragon 400 processor instead of the much powerful Snapdragon 800 processor that powers the G2. The G2 Mini also settles for a lower screen resolution as compared to its elder sibling. The 4.7-inch screen display has a 540×860 native resolution. The G2 Mini gets a 8 megapixel primary snapper and LG offers this phone in a dual SIM setup. On board storage available is 8 GB while a memory card slot is provided to expand its memory.
Though LG has not yet announced its pricing, the device will be launched in Russia first before it makes its presence felt in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Presently, LG has not provided any details of the G2 Mini’s launch in the United States.
The LG G2 Mini that will be sold in Latin America is likely to get faintly different specs, with a quicker 1.7 Ghz NVIDIA chip and also a 13 megapixel rear camera. Indeed, LG has kept the needs of consumers in mind, those that belong to different geographical regions. It will be available in an exciting palate of colors but not in every region. Though LG has not yet announced its US release, it is likely to announce prices soon.
The article has been written by Kundan Kumar, who is passionate about technology. He’s working at 91mobiles.com and writes about the latest in the tech domain, right from devices to innovations. You can follow me on Twitter