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LG unveils powerful G2 smart phone at New York City launch event

LG has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the LG G2, amidst much fanfare at a launch event at New York City’s Lincoln Centre.

The LG G2 has a 5.2in full HD [1080p] display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), and a raft of new user features.

"The most innovative aspect of the G2 is the design, with the rear key being the feature everyone has been talking about since the news became public. It is certainly different. However, the sole purpose of this design shift was not just to be different. It was born from one of our key findings in human research,” said Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG, during the company's launch event, according to cnet.

The G2 is the first device anywhere to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and the speed of the phone alone is likely to attract many buyers to take the plunge – even if the appearance is more a phablet than a smartphone.

As was previously reported, the device has moved the buttons from the side of the phone to the back and it’s something that has been done to “maximise user convenience and make the body [of the smartphone] even slimmer”.

When it comes to audio the phone doesn’t disappoint and comes with 24-bit/192kHz sound, which should enhance movie viewing, games playing and music playback.

New user features include Answer Me, which enables the user to answer a call by simply raising a phone to their ear. In addition to this Plug & Pop allows the G2 to sense when a cable is plugged into the headphone jack and displays icons for apps that are most likely to be needed. As well as this QuickRemote lets the LG G2 take control of all electronic gear using the device’s infrared port.

The phone will be rolled out 130 international carriers over the next eight weeks with South Korean consumers the first to get their hands on the shiny new device.