We watched the live streaming of the launch of LG‘s newest flagship yesterday, and there are some interesting design aspects and features to share. As you have come to expect from the usual flagships, it’s also loaded with plenty of specs.
The new device, which runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, comes with a larger display than its predecessor, packing a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel. It also offers a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Additionally, you can expect to find a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (as well as a 2.1MP front-facing cam), a non-removable 3,000mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and your choice of 16GB or 32GB internal storage.
The most interesting part of the design is that the sides, front, top and bottom of the device are completely void of any hardware buttons. All the input needed for the device will be done on a button on the back, where LG claim your finger is most of the time when on the phone. This design feature will be interesting to test in real life, but according to LG it adds much more convenience to the experience and everything can be done in fewer steps than before. LG opted to put the volume rocker and power button just below the rear camera rather than the edge of the phone. Since the device is wider than smartphones of olden times, LG wanted to put more controls in a place that your fingers naturally rest. LG is also boasting thinner bezels — 0.1-inch thick, to be precise — thanks to a new dual-routing method in which the touch sensor uses two connectors.
On the software side, LG has done more than just throw in a few ringtones from the Vienna Boys’ Choir. It offers features like AnswerMe, which answers incoming calls when you put the phone up to your ear, and Slide Aside, which lets you do a three-finger gesture to “slide” open apps off the screen for multitasking. Text Link is another interesting idea, where the phone takes relevant text and inserts embeddable links to them in other apps — of course, this is similar to what we’ve seen on iOS previously. There’s also Guest Mode, which allows another user to access the phone (LG refers to this as a type of Kid Mode) by drawing a different gesture on the lock screen. We will cover the software features in more detail soon, so stay tuned!