LG through LG Netherlands has made official its own purported mini version of the flagship LG G2 and is expected to showcase the device next week at MWC alongside the G Pro 2 which it has also announced. I am using the word “purpoted” because in every sense of a mini version of a flagship smartphone like Sony showed us with the Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z1 F, the LG G2 mini is a silly joke. There’s nothing to be excited about this phone unless LG decides that the phone will be priced reasonably and not follow the way of the Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini, the other terrible mini versions of flagship smartphones out in the market. To me and I am sure many will concur, this is just a mid-range device that is lucky enough to share the good name of LG’s flagship. Otherwise it has nothing to do with the G2 save for the design inspiration which LG is keen to use on its future devices. We saw the LG G Pro 2 packing the buttons at the back just like the G2. The G2 mini follows a similar route.
These are the specs of the LG G2 mini:
- Display: a 4.7 inch qHD (540×960) display is what you get from the 1080p 5.2″ crispy display the G2 packs.
- Memory: 8 GB internal storage expandable via a microSD card // 1 GB RAM
- Camera: An 8 megapixel shooter is all you get on this device, A step down from the G2’s 13 MP camera that has received wide acclaim from reviewers of the device. I doubt there’s any OIS love in here but well, that’s what you get for going for a mini phone.
- Processor: The device will be available in two versions. One version will pack a Qualcomm-made quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip clocked at 1.2 GHz while another will pack a SoC from Nvidia, the Tegra 4i.
- OS: here’s the biggest positive in this spec sheet: KitKat. The LG G2 mini will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG’s usual skinning on top that brings useful features like KnockON and Guest Mode.
- Battery: a 2440 mAh battery is good enough for a “mini” phone. In comparison, the G2 packs a beefy 3000 mAh battery and other devices in the G2 mini’s league like the Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One mini and the Z1 Compact play along or perform even worse with battery capacities of 1900 mAh, 1800 mAh and 2300 mAh respectively.
- Others: It will be available in black, red, white and champagne colours. There will also be a dual-SIM variant. There’s an LTE variant too.
So far we’ve only heard that the device will be heading to Russia next month with several Middle East and Latin American countries set to follow. We’re likely to hear more about this device’s availability and pricing at MWC.