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Hands on: LG G2 Mini

updated 06:58 pm EST, Wed February 26, 2014

Mini name applied to marginally-smaller version of LG G2

LG initially revealed the G2 Mini last week, at the same time as a number of other devices including the G Pro 2, ahead of Mobile World Congress. The slightly-smaller handset has received the same "Mini" treatment as other similar models, and attempts to put the styling and features of its full-sized counterpart into a marginally lower-specification smartphone. Electronista took time to try out the device in Barcelona, with the initial impression being that LG has mostly succeeded with the device.

Those familiar with the original G2 will see little has changed externally, save for the size. The same rear volume control and waking keys are located under the camera sensor on the back, right where the fingers usually rest when it is held. The same solid construction as the G2 is evident in this release, while the textured back panel is a slight change from before.

LG G2 Mini
LG G2 Mini

The "Mini" name for the device is a bit of a misnomer, since it cuts the G2's 5.2-inch display down by just half an inch to a still-large 4.7-inch version. The display itself has been affected by the change, offering a resolution of 960x540 instead of the earlier 1080p, and is less impressive overall when compared to the original in terms of viewing angles and brightness.

Despite the quad-core 2.26GHz processor in the G2 being replaced by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, or alternately a Tegra 4i in some variants, the Mini still manages to perform most of the same software tricks as LG's other, more powerful devices, and with a similar responsiveness. A "guest mode" and the company's new Knock On security make an appearance, while the accompanying camera app for the rear eight-megapixel sensor seems to be sufficient for potential buyers.

The LG G2 Mini is expected to ship next month in Russia and nearby territories, followed by the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. LG has yet to reveal a price, but it is thought to sell for between $400 and $500.

by MacNN Staff



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