LG’s next-generation flagship G2 smartphone left a lot of us puzzled when it debuted last month. It looks like a fine phone, don’t get us wrong, but LG put a lot of emphasis on things like moving the volume buttons to the back of the phone, which detracted from anything new and innovative that might have been introduced. Nevertheless, LG’s new superphone is finally making its way to the U.S. and T-Mobile on Thursday announced that it will launch on September 18th online and September 25th in stores. Preorders start immediately and the phone will cost $99.99 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $21 for a steep total of $603.99. Key features include a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display that stretches nearly all the way to the edges of the phone, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 4G LTE-Advanced support, a 3,000 mAh battery and Android Jelly Bean. T-Mobile’s press release follows below.
UPDATE: Verizon Wireless has announced it will release the LG G2 on September 12th for $199.99. The carriers full press release can now be found beneath T-Mobile’s below.
UPDATE 2: AT&T has now joined the party and will be the second major U.S. carrier to launch the G2, which will go on sale on September 13th for $199.99 on contract. AT&T’s press release can now be found at the bottom of this post.
T-Mobile Announces Availability and Pricing for All-New LG G2 and LG Optimus F6
The wait is almost over for T-Mobile customers looking to get their hands on the latest LTE smartphones from LG Electronics. The LG G2 and LG Optimus F6 will further expand T-Mobile’s ever-growing LTE smartphone lineup and will both be available with the Simple Choice Plan, which offers unlimited talk, text and Web with no annual service contract on a speedy nationwide network.
The innovative LG G2 – with a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 13MP camera, an ergonomic and intuitive rear key design and easy-to-use multitasking applications – is sure to stun and provide virtually all the advanced features smartphone users expect. Starting today, the all-new LG G2, the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, is available to pre-order and expected to go on-sale September 18 online at http://www.T-Mobile.com. The device will launch nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 25. The flagship device will be available for well-qualified customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $21 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan. The smartphone will be available in a black finish as well as a white finish, which will only be offered online.
With the affordable Optimus F6, customers won’t have to compromise on style and functions. It boasts a bright and super sharp 4.5-inch display and 5MP camera with LG-exclusive advanced camera features. We expect the stylish, fast and full-featured Optimus F6 to launch online via http://www.T-Mobile.com starting September 5 and to be available nationwide at participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retail stores on September 11. With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, the Optimus F6 will cost $49.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $101 – making it one of T-Mobile’s most affordable Android-powered smartphones. For more information on the Optimus F6, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/lg-optimus-f6.html.
LG And Verizon Wireless Launch Next-Generation Powerhouse, LG G2 Smartphone
Breakthrough Rear-Key Design, Intelligent Features And Powerful Software Make LG G2 The Ultimate Smartphone For Conquering Life’s Everyday Challenges
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced the official U.S. launch of the LG G2, LG’s latest flagship smartphone as part of LG’s newly branded “G” series of premium devices and the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor.
Available through Verizon Wireless beginning on Sept. 12 for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, the LG G2 blends an intuitive rear-key design with intelligent features and powerful software to create an exceptional user experience ideal for taking mobile multi-tasking to the next level.
“The smartphone is our constant companion, our go-to for entertainment, organization, communication and capturing memories,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. “With the G2, LG has taken into consideration all of these behaviors and used them to create an evolved mobile device that provides tangible user benefits truly designed for how people use their devices.”
The LG G2’s innovative design is a first of its kind. Eliminating the need for multiple navigation buttons, the LG G2 is equipped with a single refined rear key that serves as the command center for power and volume functions. The device’s sleek and super-slim body provides comfortable, one-hand gripping and its near-zero bezel delivers edge-to-edge viewing on an expansive 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display.
Sporting an impressive 13 megapixel Full HD camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), the LG G2 gives users the freedom to capture crystal clear images without having to pause photo-worthy moments already in motion. Powered by the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 800 Processor, the LG G2 goes beyond smartphone standards to deliver stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency.
An intuitive LG G2 user experience gives consumers a wide selection of optimized software. With the “Knock On” feature, users can bring the LG G2 to life or set it to sleep mode by simply tapping the screen with their fingertip. The “Answer Me” feature automatically answers calls when the LG G2 is raised to one’s ear, reducing the number of missed calls caused by accidentally hitting a wrong button. The “Slide Aside” feature allows for faster, more efficient multi-tasking by giving users the ability seamlessly transition between open apps.
AT&T’s Got Your Back With The New LG G2
Intuitive 4G LTE Smartphone Features Unique Rear-Button Control, Large Full HD Display
DALLAS, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — If you’re looking for a smartphone that lets you connect faster, work smarter and literally puts control in the palm of your hand, consider the new LG G2 – the first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Coming to AT&T* stores September 13, the LG G2 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or $27 per month with AT&T Next. Online sales begin September 6 at www.att.com/g2.
With the LG G2, you don’t have to choose between comfort and style. In fact, the LG G2’s intuitive design is a first of its kind. The power and volume keys are conveniently housed on the rear of the device, offering easy one-hand gripping and central control. G2’s unique KnockOn feature lets you wake your phone with a simple tap on the screen, bypassing the power button altogether.
The LG G2’s cool factor isn’t limited to the back of the device. AT&T customers will delight in the massive 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display which offers immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing with 16:9 aspect ratio and high-definition imagery without color distortion. In addition, the G2’s 3,000 mAH battery offers long-lasting power capacity without adding extra exterior bulk.
“We are always rethinking what’s possible, so we can continue to offer you the most compelling products and services,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Devices, AT&T. “The LG G2 successfully marries innovation with performance. We’re excited to welcome this unique device to our leading smartphone portfolio, on the nation’s fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network.”
The LG G2’s super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor lets you run multiple apps at once, browse the web or enjoy video and games seamlessly. The powerful processor also helps to enable the G2 to boast impressive sound features such as Hi-Fi sound playback and HD multichannel audio for enhanced sound quality.
The LG G2 runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean Plus) and includes several compelling features:
- A 13-megapixel Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) camera that helps reduce blur in photos and videos when capturing images in motion and improves clarity in extremely low-light conditions.
- Slide Aside multi-tasking allows three full screen apps or “slides” to run at the same time.
- QSlide 2.0 maximizes on-screen multi-tasking with the simultaneous use of multiple apps in floating windows, similar to a PC, that can be re-sized and have their level of transparency adjusted.
- Clip Tray allows you to copy multiple items and paste them in a pop-up clipboard, which can be saved or shared.
- QuickRemote 2.0 turns your phone into a universal remote for most remote controlled consumer electronics.
- VoiceMate lets you use your voice to send text messages and emails, and perform other administrative tasks.
- KnockON lets you wake the display just by knocking twice on the phone’s screen.
AT&T recently launched AT&T Next, a program that lets you get a new device every year. AT&T Next is simple and easy to use.
- You can purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment, no upgrade fee and no activation fee and agree to pay monthly installments for the device, with no financing fees.
- After 12 payments, you can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment.
- AT&T Next is available for new AT&T customers or existing customers who are upgrade eligible.
- Using AT&T Next, you can get the LG G2 for $27 per month.
AT&T has the fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.** And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest. ***
From the initial purchase to ongoing service interactions, AT&T is focused on providing an unparalleled customer experience. AT&T was recently recognized with two significant achievements, outperforming competitors for customer service and wireless purchase experience. J.D. Power awarded AT&T the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” and “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full Service Wireless Providers” in their 2013, Volume 2 studies.