Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 19, 2014.
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Since companies began introducing "mini" versions of their flagship products, they have disappointed users who want all the power of a premium phone without the giant screens that typically accompany them. Sony offered some hope by releasing the Z1 Compact, a true premium device that didn't skimp on specs just because it was smaller, and inspired hope that more companies might do the same. LG today announced its G2 Mini and brought everyone back to reality by introducing a cheaper and weaker version of its G2 flagship.
The G2 Mini features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD with qHD resolution. That's quarter HD, not Quad HD, meaning the resolution is a paltry 960x540 (232 ppi). It also swapped out the powerful 2.26GHz quad-core processor in favor of a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with only 1GB of RAM. There's also Android 4.4 KitKat software, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, and 4G LTE connectivity (in some markets).
The LG G2 Mini sadly won't continue the dream of top-level specs in smaller packages. However, it will feature the same design as the original G2 with power and volume buttons placed on the back of the device. The phone will go on sale this spring in various markets and will come in white, black, red, and gold.source: GSMInfo.nl (Dutch), via: The Verge
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.