Another Android phone is on its way, and this time, it's from LG Electronics, which announced its new flagship smartphone, the LG G2 , earlier today. The 5.2-inch, 4G LTE-capable mobile device is the first in LG's new "G" Series, a line of premium devices poised to compete with Android front-runners such as the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and upcoming Moto X .
The LG G2 is the first smartphone with a Snapdragon 800 chip, a 2.3 GHz quad-core graphics processor that packs a lot of power into the new device. That's not the G2's only distinctive feature — the phone's main buttons (volume and power) are placed on its backside, unlike most phones' side positioning (a potential back-pocket disaster?).
Aside from speedy processing and distinctive hardware, what sets the LG G2 apart from the competition? We pitted LG's new marquee phone against the most popular Android device, the Galaxy S4.
|LG G2||Galaxy S4|
|Processor||2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800||1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600|
|Display||5.2 inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 ppi||5 inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi|
|Memory||32 GB or 16 GB||64, 32, or 16 GB|
|RAM||2 GB 800 MHz||2 GB|
|Camera||Rear: 13 MP, Front: 2.1 MP||Rear: 13 MP, Front: 1.9 MP|
|OS||Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2||Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2|
|Size||138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm|
LG bests the S4 in processor, battery, and front-facing camera, but Samsung's flagship still has more pixels per image on its display and, while the Galaxy has a slightly smaller screen size, it does come in a more portable package.
The G2 will ship with some handy Android modifications like "Answer Me," which will answer a call if the phone is raised to an ear, and "Guest Mode," which unlocks with a secondary guest passcode and displays only select apps.
Price and availability are not yet announced, but the LG G2 will be offered on the US's major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. T-Mobile  and AT&T  already have landing pages, where interested customers can sign up to be notified when the G2 is ready for preorder.