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LG launches the G2, with fastest processor, edge to edge display and rear-mounted controls

The LG G2 has got the Galaxy S4 in its sights with ultra high-end specs including 2.26GHz processor, 5.2" display and massive battery. The Android smartphone also has its navigation located on its back.

LG has unveiled its new flagship Android phone, the G2. The device sports the fastest smartphone processor to date, and edge to edge display, and places its navigation buttons on the back.

The G2 has a 5.2″ display, closer to the size previously seen in phablets than smartphones, yet LG says that it has been designed to be used one handed. This is achieved with a combination of an edge to edge display – the bezels on the sides measure 0.1 inches – while the only navigation button on the handset has been placed on the rear. This button wakes the phone, controls the volume and also offers shortcuts to a notes app as well as the camera.

The specs are impressive. The phone is the first to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 chip. It’s quad-core and clocked at 2.26GHz, way beyond anything else currently on the market. It is backed up by 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 13MP camera on board with optical image stabilisation.

The battery is a hefty 3000mAh (non-removable) and along with several other software and hardware optimisations should deliver solid battery life even under the most demanding tasks.

Other software enhancements include a multi-user mode – something restricted only to tablets within stock Android, finger and motion gesture support.

The G2’s predecessor, last year’s Optimus G, was used by LG as a reference design for the Nexus 4 so speculation is rife that this new device may give us hints as to what to expect from the next Nexus phone, expected in October.

The G2 will be available in the next couple of months on over 100 carriers around the world. Three is the first UK network to have confirmed it will be stocking the device.