Priced a little loftily on the old continent, LG’s compact-sized flagship device, the G2 mini, is reportedly headed stateside too on the nation’s third most popular mobile operator: Sprint. Carrying model number LS885, Now Network’s G2 mini variant will however fix the international version’s biggest flaw.
That’s right, instead of sporting disappointing 960 x 540 pixels resolution and delivering woeful 234 ppi pixel density, Sprint’s G2 mini shall up the ante to 1,280 x 720 and 312 ppi. Still not quite high-end material, but definitely worthy of an upper mid-ranger.
Technically, the scoop isn’t confirmed yet. Technically, we don’t even know the handheld is real. But leak master @evleaks vouches for it, and the screen res is prominent in a User Agent Profile string found on Sprint’s very own official website.
So make no mistake, the HD G2 mini is headed Sprint’s way. When might it start selling? My guess is late April, early May, at the latest. For how much? That’s an extremely delicate issue, and I’m not ready to make any precise projections.
Since the full-sized G2 is currently available at $0.01 with contracts by way of Amazon, asking anything for its little brother makes no sense. But what about outright? In Europe, the handheld is the equivalent of $480 with a qHD display, commanding a price tag of at least $400 stateside. Only the G2 mini is probably not worth all that dough.
Sure, it’s bound to support 4G LTE connectivity, offer quad-core power, 1 GB RAM, 4.7 inches of screen real estate, Android 4.4 KitKat and an 8 MP rear-facing camera. Yet you can’t possibly ask three times as much as what Motorola charges for the Moto G.