Rumors have been suggesting that an LG G2 Mini has been in the works for a while now, and with LG itself publishing some teaser images last week, it was just a matter of time before the smartphone saw official confirmation. We might have expected that to come at the Mobile World Congress, but LG’s gotten started with its new hardware announcements a week early, like we saw with those L Series III handsets. Today that trend continues, bringing us word of the G2 Mini itself.
While early rumors had us optimistic that the G2 Mini might keep some of the high-end hardware of the original G2, more recent rumors started creating a lot of doubt; would the phone only have a qHD display? And a 4.7-inch one at that, pushing the limits of what we could sensibly call “Mini?” That teaser had us optimistic that the phone might actually be a bit smaller, but today we see 4.7 inches ultimately confirmed.
The G2 Mini has a 4.7-inch qHD display, and instead of a Snapdragon 800 runs an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core SoC. Look for an eight-megapixel main camera, 1.3MP front-facer, and 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD expansion. While the display is much larger than other Mini phones, that’s at least partially compensated for by some very thin bezels (not that they help at all with the low resolution). Is it just us, though, or is there a much smaller size difference between the G2 Mini and G2 you see up top, compared to that teaser image?
Sales of the G2 Mini should begin next month in select markets around the world; pricing info is still forthcoming. We’ll be on the lookout for this guy at the MWC next week, with the aim of giving you a hands-on preview of the hardware.