LG turns smartphone design on its head, fits rear-mounted buttons to new LG G2 smartphone

LG G2LG has announced its 2013 flagship Android smartphone, the LG G2. It represents a new beginning for LG, as not only has it dropped the long-running Optimus brand name from its high-end new phone, but has also turned established smartphone design on its head by fitting the phone’s physical controls to the rear of the device.

That’s right, the volume control rocker is now just below the 13-megapixel camera lens on the top centre of the LG G2’s rear panel. LG says it’s a more ergonomic solution, and the relocation of the controls has made it possible for the screen bezel to be even slimmer than before. Additionally, a long press of either button will take a snap with the camera – great for selfies, says LG – or open up the notes app.

The G2 has a 1080p, 5.2-inch touchscreen, making it larger than its closest rivals, plus the processor is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip with a 2.3GHz clock speed. We’ve recently seen this chip in the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, while phones such as the Galaxy S4 use the slightly slower Snapdragon 600 chip.

LG has installed Android 4.2.2 onto the G2 and added a selection of software features along with a new user interface. These new features include gesture controls such as a double screen tap to wake the device, and a three-finger slide motion to scroll through open apps.

The G2 also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of memory, a 3000mAh battery, NFC and a 2.1-megapixel video call camera. As with other high-end LG smartphones, video can be captured using both the front and rear cameras at the same time.

LG will be putting the G2 on sale in the UK, but hasn’t confirmed the release date, saying sales will start around the beginning of October in Korea.

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Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars