The “mini” version of the LG G2 was first rumored in December, and LG teased it last week for an MWC unveiling. Now LG made it official, at least in the Netherlands, so we’re able to give you the full rundown on its specs and features.
The LG G2 mini is actually quite a large device, with a 4.7-inch LCD display of a disappointing qHD (540 x 960) resolution. That translates to a mediocre 234 ppi density, far below the excellent 424ppi of its bigger brother, the G2. Another compromise is the Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz (though a Tegra 4i chip could take its place in some markets), which is coupled with 1GB of RAM. There’s an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP frontal one, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, while the battery capacity is a promising 2,440 mAh.
LG transplanted much of the G2’s design to the G2 mini, including the specific back-mounted power button and volume rocker. On the front, the G2 mini preserves the very thin bezels of its sibling, meaning that the overall size of the device is just three millimeters larger than Sony’s Xperia Z2 Compact, which features however a 4.3-inch screen.
The LG G2 mini will run Android 4.4 KitKat when it launches in the next weeks, with all the software features that are present on the flagship LG G2. The device will be released in the Netherlands and Belgium from April, but the first markets to get it will be Russia and neighboring countries, in March. Eventually, the device should make its way to more countries in Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Sony has really raised the bar when it comes to compact devices, and it’s clear that the LG G2 mini is not threatening the Xperia Z2 Compact’s supremacy in the segment. However, depending on its price, it could be successful – no details have been provided so far, but the G2 mini should sell in the €300-€400 range.
We look forward to see the LG G2 mini at MWC next week, alongside the G Pro 2 and the new budget L Series III. Are you impressed with LG’s efforts this year?