LG simply couldn’t wait until February 24 to officially unveil the G2 Mini, so it did that today, over in the Netherlands – or maybe the local branch pulled the trigger too early by mistake. Regardless, the details about LG’s entrance into the ‘Mini’ space are now all out, complete with official picture (which you can see below).
Undoubtedly, LG will showcase the G2 Mini at MWC next week, but perhaps it didn’t want Samsung’s Galaxy S5 announcement to overshadow this smaller device then.
Anyway, the G2 Mini goes the way of Samsung’s and HTC’s ‘Mini’ versions for their flagships, and not Sony’s. That is to say that the G2 Mini has only looks in common with the G2 – in terms of specs, it’s completely different. Much lower-end, yes, and in a different league compared to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
The G2 Mini comes with a 4.7-inch 540×960 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (either a Snapdragon 400 from Qualcomm or a Tegra 4i from Nvidia), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,440 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Despite its screen’s size which might have you thinking this isn’t all that “Mini” after all, the G2 Mini is 66 mm wide, which is only 1 mm more than the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which has a 4.3-inch screen. Once again, LG has tried to fit in as much screen as possible (like in the case of the G2 and the G2 Pro), which makes the G2 Mini a bit more pocketable than you’d expect judging solely based on display size.
The handset will be out starting next month in Russia and its neighboring countries, then followed by a rollout in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. In the Netherlands it’s expected to go on sale in April. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet. Given the specs here, we hope (for LG’s sake) that this will be cheaper than the aforementioned Xperia Z1 Compact, though how it will compare in terms of affordability to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini is anyone’s guess at this point.
All in all, the G2 Mini is a device for those that love the G2′s design but hate its size or don’t necessarily want all the latest bells and whistles in terms of specs. Just how big of an addressable market that is remains to be seen.