It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make waves in the mid-range smartphone market nowadays, what with Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact offering the best possible hardware in a size-restricted package and Motorola’s Moto G redefining affordability. But it’s not like LG is doing itself any favors by grossly overpricing the G2 mini.
Unveiled more than a month ago, the (not so) diminutive flagship was an ill-advised mid-end effort right off the bat, choosing size over performance. As such, the G2 mini is anything but “mini” in the literal sense of the word, measuring 4.7 inches in diagonal, yet figuratively speaking it’s the textbook definition of a munchkin.
The large display boasts a modest 960 x 540 pixels resolution, resulting in horrendous 234 ppi pixel density, and a run-of-the-mill 1 GB RAM is tucked inside the hood, along with either a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip or 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4i. Both quad-core, both light-years behind, say, the S600 or S800 in raw speed.
Still, LG had the chance to make amends by sensibly pricing the G2 mini, which of course didn’t happen. Not even close, as the 4.7 incher costs, wait for it, €350 in a number of European countries in a Snapdragon-packing, LTE-supporting flavor. That’s a preposterous $482 for the record, though technically things could still change.
Only a few retailers on the old continent, including Amazon Germany and Spain, list the G2 mini at the redonkulous off-contract price tag, and no one actually ships the handheld yet. Instead, all you can do is pre-order it to get it early in April, when it launches. Don’t even think about it, okay? Not now, not ever. Unless LG shaves €50, maybe €80 off.
Via [GSM Arena]