LG announced its latest powerhouse on Wednesday when it took the wraps off of the G2 during a press event in New York City. We had a brief chance to check out the smartphone for ourselves, and have prepared a few thoughts in addition to a gallery and a video.

Let’s get the specs out of the way first: the G2 is equipped with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a super fast (at least on paper) 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. It also packs a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage and a large 3,000mAh battery. We like that the phone appears rather bare since the only real buttons are on the back of the device, but found it very, very awkward to use at first. We definitely didn’t like fumbling for the volume controls and feared dropping the device. Also, the G2 is definitely fast feeling, but we didn’t get to install any applications or anything during our hands-on to give it a real run for its money. The 13-megapixel camera seems satisfactory and there are plenty of software customization options available.

The phone itself reminds us a lot of the G Pro, which is a good thing since we enjoyed that device. We’re not crazy about the plastic design, but we’re also not going to beat up on LG for choosing that material. Stay tuned for our full review once we pick up a loaner unit, in the meantime enjoy our gallery and video.