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LG unveils G2 mini with 4.7-inch display and Android 4.4 KitKat, ETA is March

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LG G2 miniFurther proving MWC’s increasing irrelevance and this year’s congress shaping up to be about Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and little else, LG has taken the wraps off the G2 mini ahead of next week’s expo. So much for “experiencing the Mini” in Barcelona, as very few people will be interested in checking the phone out.

After all, the G2 mini is no Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, going big on screen size, and modest in all other departments. Right as insiders tipped us off, G2’s “diminutive” version is surprisingly spacious, at 4.7 inches, but humble resolution-wise, with 960 x 540 pixels and 234 ppi. Strike one.

Now, nobody expected the 4.7 incher to preserve G2’s cutting-edge hardware (though it’d have been really nice, and Sony already proved it’s possible), yet quad-core Snapdragon 400 power and 1 GB RAM is just far too little for anyone to take the new handheld seriously.

Furthermore, for some reason, there will apparently be a variant packing a Tegra 4i chip. Granted, Nvidia used to be a big deal in the mobile processor world, but now their reputation is spotty at best, as Tegra 3-backed devices can’t score Android 4.4 KitKat updates due to the CPU’s compatibility issues. Strike two.

Luckily for the Koreans, no other major flaws are noticeable on the G2 mini, as it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, touts a roomy 2,440 mAh battery, microSD support, decent 8 MP rear-facing camera and, last but not least, rear physical buttons. That’s two strikes all in all, LG, so you’re not out yet.

Also on the bright side of things, the OEM promises a fairly quick turnaround, with select markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America slated to get the G2 mini as early as March.

Via [GSM Info]

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