It’s just under a month until LG unveils what will almost certainly be the sequel to its modestly-successfuly Optimus G, but this year’s version appears more than twice as ambitious.
The LG G2 — the company is expected to drop the “Optimus” moniker from its future versions — looks to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a 2.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB internal storage, and a glossy plastic build material that may we hope does not resemble the Galaxy S4.
One of the main design decisions that may come back to bite the company is placing the volume rocker on the device’s rear, right underneath the camera sensor. Whether this will end up causing a camera lens smudging epidemic remains to be seen, but I can’t see it being comfortable reaching for the controls on a regular basis.
Of the Android UI we can see very little, other than the fact that, like previous Optimus UIs, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Samsung’s TouchWIZ interface.
Aside from these premature reservations, I am quite looking forward to the LG G2. Looks like the company has largely learned its lessons from the Optimus G, and if the camera is even a modest improvement we should have a hit on our hands.
LG will announce the G2 at an event in New York on August 7th and we’ll be there to cover all the announcements!
Update: A video of the G2 has surfaced online. Looks authentic and reveals the back volume buttons.