LG has been teasing us for a while that a scaled-down version of its G2 flagship is in the works, and today the G2 mini is finally official. Just like with Samsung’s “mini” versions, LG’s munchkin seems to capitalize on the popularity of its larger namesake, as the specs are nothing to really write home about.
The LG G2 mini will be arriving with a 4.7″ LCD panel and 540×960 pixels of qHD resolution, clocking in at 234ppi pixel density – quite a departure from the 1080p display on the G2. The phone will be powered by a modest Snapdragon 400 processor, while there will be a variant with Tegra 4i system chip, too, likely to be the first phone shipping with NVIDIA’s new CPU. Since both 3G and LTE versions of the phone are on tap, we’d wager to bet that’s where the difference in chipsets stems from.
LG G2 mini comes with an 8 MP rear camera, and a 1.3 MP front-facing unit. RAM memory is pegged at 1 GB, while the built-in storage is just 8 GB, though with an added microSD slot for expansion.The dimensions are 129.6 x 66 x 9.6 mm, so it’s about the size of the Optimus L9 II, but with the signature rear buttons placement. LG, however, slid a removable, 2440 mAh battery in the phone, so at least the stellar endurance of the G2 might be carried over to the mini version, given the spec sheet.
There will be a dual SIM LG G2 mini as well, hinting that the handset will see the light of day predominantly in emerging markets. Its release date is pegged for Russia in March, and then for April in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
All in all, the G2 mini shapes up to be in the lower midrange category, and will hopefully be priced accordingly, as the spec gap with the G2 is rather drastic. At least it will be running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.