LG G2 Mini Release Date Begins In March, Specs Unveiled Before MWC

The LG G2 Mini release date has been anticipated globally as the phone market continues to become more specialized. After seeing the international success of the LG G2, the South Korean hardware manufacturer decided to take aim at the mid tier market. The miniature 3G Dual SIM model of their flagship is set to release in March in CIS countries and the Middle East, Latin America and Asia will be soon to follow.

The LG G2 Mini release date coincides with the phone maker’s decision to leak the specs and information regarding their pocket sized phone just prior to the Mobile World Congress, which begins February 24 in Barcelona. As many companies have taken the strategy towards “phablets” and larger phones, some companies are looking to find a niche in the smaller phone market. One successful example of this is the Sony Xperia Z1. With this phone, Sony managed to cram most of the power of their best selling phone into a compact size.

Just because the LG G2 Mini carries the same name, does not mean it matches the speed and ability. It functions very much like a “little” brother. They may look a lot a like, but don’t be fooled by outward appearances. The Mini is not packing nearly the same punch. One of the best things about the original G2 is the 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. According to the press release from LG, the Mini will carry either a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 or a 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad Core Tegra 4i (depending on if customers get the 4G or 3G models). The phone will be considerably slowed down as well, with only one GB of RAM.

Also underwhelming about the LG G2 release is the screen. No one is complaining about the smaller screen at 4.7 inches, after all it is a mini. But the decision to put a qHD 960 by 540 resolution display is very uninspiring. One thing that the smaller G2 does have going for it is that it will already be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat. All the familiar features of the larger phone will be there as well, including the controls on the back.

LG believes they are putting out a great mid sized product for the global market. The recent release of the LG G Flex ushered in what could be a new wave in flexible phone technology. It seems the Korean company is trying to capitalize on their success by releasing a ho hum middle of the road product. Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications, had this to say about the device.

“The G2 mini is all about bringing the best user experience of the G2 to a more compact, mid-tier device, giving millions of customers the opportunity to benefit from the LG premium experience. This device offers the perfect balance of modern design and practical UX in a compact package without compromising performance.”

As the LG G2 Mini release date is set globally for March, the U.S. release is still to be determined.