We’re here reporting from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where we just had a chance to check out LG’s brand new G2 Mini. The device is very different from its larger brethren, which served as a flagship, and instead will launch around the globe as a mid-range smartphone. That said, it packs a really compelling set of features.
The screen isn’t anything to call home about – we like the 4.7-inch size, which is perfect for fitting in the palm and a nice stray from the big phablets we’ve seen recently — but it does have a low resolution compared to other devices. Under the hood, it’s outfitted with either a Qualcomm chip or an NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor, and that will change depending on the market it launches in (along with the 8-megapixel or 13-megapixel camera sensor). The phone didn’t seem sluggish at all during our brief hands-on time, though, but that may be a nod to its operating system.
It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, which was designed to run on high-end and lower-end processors. LG adds in a bunch of features like Q Slide, an IR blaster, Knock Code and more, too, meaning that the company pulled back a bit on the hardware but certainly didn’t cut down on the software experience. You’re pretty much getting all of the software bits you get on a more premium phone, and that’s pretty awesome.
We’re pretty big fans of the G2 Mini so far. The pricing hasn’t been announced and that could tip us more in favor of it or, if it’s too expensive, away from liking it so much. The size/software combo is really compelling. There’s no plan on a U.S. launch just yet, though it will launch in other parts of the world very soon.