LG to start shipping the G2 mini in April

The G2 mini's far from being a perfect smartphone specimen, but LG's hoping it has what it takes to compete in developing markets when it comes out in April. That's right -- the 4.7-inch Android KitKat phone's coming out next month, and it's making the Russian Commonwealth its first stop, followed by countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The phone's specs and features haven't changed since we've last seen it at Mobile World Congress, which means it'll ship with LG's knock-to-unlock function and, sadly, that disappointing 960 x 540 qHD display. It will, however, come in several versions with slightly different components.

As we've mentioned before, the variant heading to Latin America and the Middle East is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 4i chip with LTE connection. Thanks to new info from the South Korean company, we now also know that it's touting a 13-megapixel rear camera and NFC. Folks outside those two markets, on the other hand, can choose between an LTE version equipped with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8926 chipset and a 3G variant with a Qualcomm MSM8226 chip. Unfortunately, the Qualcomm devices are stuck with an 8-megapixel rear camera, but at least all versions come with a removable 2,440mAh battery. We still can't say if the phone's worth the price, because, well, LG kinda forgot to put a price tag on it. Those interested, however, can start thinking of whether they'd get a black, white, red or gold G2 mini while counting their rubles.