LG G2 unboxing and hi-res audio preview
In this video we're unboxing the new LG G2 phone, LG’s new flagship mobile and latest attempt to join the smartphone elite.
The LG G2 phone is the first of the company’s G-series of premium mobile devices, and is the first smartphone on the market to feature 24-bit/192kHz hi-res audio playback.
Plug in some headphones, load up some high resolution music audio and the G2 will detect the HD audio quality and flashes up a "Hi-Fi" logo. This only appears on our 24bit 88.2kHz file, not on a lower quality track.
Hands on: LG G2 review
The phone comes with Android 4.2.2, so file compatibility is good. It played FLAC files just fine without us having to download a third party app.
Another unique selling point for the G2 is its button placement. You might notice there are no buttons on the front or the sides. This is because LG has moved them all to the back.
Flip the phone over and you’ll find a lock switch, sandwiched between two volume buttons. The idea is to make use of your hand’s natural placement, reducing the need to switch position and risk dropping the phone.
It’s ergonomic, and you won’t have any problems finding the button without looking. Don’t worry; you don’t need to pick up the phone to turn the screen on and off. You can do that with a quick double tap.
The G2 has a 5.2in Full HD screen with an impressive 423 pixels per inch. It’s a lovely display, and goes almost up to the edge of the phone.
There’s a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation. It has the same fingerprint-resistant sapphire crystal glass you’ll find on the iPhone 5.
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Everything is powered by a whopping 3,000 mAH battery and a 2.26 GHz Quad-core processor.
The LG G2 phone is lovely to use. It feels nice: the plastic body doesn’t feel as premium as the HTC One, but the smooth edges feel lovely. It’s more solid than the Samsung Galaxy S4, and there’s no sign of flexing and creaking.
The interface is intuitive. LG has clearly learned a few lessons from making the Nexus 4 for Google. It’s cleaner and neater than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, while still offering some of the clever features found on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Everything zips along without any noticeable lag.
It’s still too early for a full review verdict, but a quick play has us quite excited about the potential of the LG G2. Look out for our full review very soon...
by Ced Yuen