After LG introduced us to the G2 mini last month, the Life's Good crew today confirmed that its take on the miniaturized flagship is nearly ready to hit store shelves.
The LG G2 mini will launch in April in the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes Russia, Ukraine and other nearby countries. Following closely behind that launch will be releases in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. LG hasn't said how much the G2 mini will cost when it arrive in those countries. However, it has revealed that the device will be offered in Titan Black, Lunar White, Red and Gold color options, so at least potential buyers can begin to decide which hue they'd like while saving their pennies.
As a quick refresher, the LG G2 mini sports a not-so-mini 4.7-inch 960x540 IPS display and 1.3-megapixel camera on its face and an 8-megapixel shooter on its backside. Buried inside of its 9.8mm-thick frame is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) in LTE models and a 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8226 chip in the 3G version. Meanwhile, the Latin American flavor of the G2 mini will be powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 4i processor and 13-megapixel rear camera.
The G2 mini is powered by a removable 2440mAh battery and is also packing 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot for additional space. LG is preloading its shrunken G2 with Android 4.4 KitKat running beneath its custom user interface, which includes features like the Knock Code security feature.
We've seen miniaturized flagships from nearly every major manufacturer in mobile, including HTC, Samsung and Sony, and so it's no surprise to see LG take a shrink ray to the G2. Unfortunately for folks that like smaller phones and beefy specs, the G2 mini lost many of the G2's high-end features when it was squished down. So long as you don't mind a somewhat low-res display, though, the KitKat-powered G2 mini and its quad-core heart may be worth a look when it begins hitting stores next month.