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LG Optimus G Pro Finally Fully Detailed – 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor, 2GB RAM, and 1080p 5.5-inch Display

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LG finally fully unveiled the Optimus G Pro yesterday. The device will be on display at Mobile World Congress next week before it makes its way to the U.S. in Q2 of this year. The official specs, which we mostly knew, are now confirmed as a 5.5″ FHD (1080p) display (400ppi), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable SD slot to 32GB), 13MP rear camera  2.1MP front camera, 3140mAh battery, is only 9.4mm thick, runs Android 4.1.2, and is powered by the brand new Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz.

Beyond specs, the Optimus G Pro will feature “advanced UX features” that were developed specifically for this device. Two of them are Dual Recording mode and Virtual Reality Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time in a picture-in-picture experience. VR Panorama sounds a lot like Google’s Photo Sphere, in that you can pan horizontally and vertically to grab full 360-degree shots.

The device sounds incredibly impressive on paper, especially with the new Snapdragon processor and 1080p 5.5″ display. We don’t know pricing or carrier partners at this time. 

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LG’s 5.5-inch Full HD IPS Display Device to Make Appearance at MWC

SEOUL, Feb. 18, 2013 — Hot on the heels of the success of Optimus G, LG Electron-ics (LG) today introduced the newest addition to the G family to the Korean public. With the largest display yet to appear on an LG smartphone, the 4G LTE-equipped Optimus G Pro with 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display and new UX features was developed to meet the growing demand for smartphones with large screens.

The Full HD IPS display on the Optimus G Pro — developed in partnership with LG Display — delivers 1920 x 1080 pixels at 400ppi. The smartphone offers the largest battery capacity in its class at 3,140mAh, allowing for Full HD viewing enjoyment for hours on end. And with an improved 13MP rear and 2.1MP front camera, users can also capture images and videos in Full HD, the same quality found on high definition TVs.

The Optimus G Pro also comes with advanced UX features developed specifically for the device, such as Dual Recording and Virtual Reality (VR) Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously for a unique picture-in-picture experience. And VR Panorama allows shots of entire horizontal and vertical environments for a full 360o view. Creative and innovative UX features popular with Optimus G users have been added to the Optimus G Pro, such as an upgraded QSlide, Live Zooming and QuickMemo.

“The Optimus G Pro was developed specifically to deliver vivid and superb picture quality in a large display smartphone form factor,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We will continue to expand our position in the premium LTE smartphone segment with our superior display technology and unique user experience.”

Visitors to 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) can experience Optimus G Pro and its advanced UX features for themselves at LG’s Booth in Hall 3.

Optimus G Pro Key Specifications:
• Chipset: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm? Snapdragon™ 600 Processor
• Memory: 32GB / microSD (up to 32GB)
• Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels / 400ppi)
• Camera: Rear 13.0MP with LED Flash / Front 2.1MP
• OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
• Battery: 3,140mAh (removable / wireless charging capable)
• Size: 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm

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    My Note 2 is @ 1.9Ghz

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    hating the backslide in home button design. but that being said if white paired with blue that phone would be sexy. also LG might not be too happy with samsung for using the lg logo on the 2 S4s above. but then again its genius, apple will never know.

  • Tech Pro

    It’s good looking. Just get rid of that press button, I will buy it for my gf.

  • Xphone

    So LG thinks that by combining an S3 and Iphone5 that neither Apple or Samsung will sue them. This is becoming such a copycat industry

  • Phone looks nice but per usual, the software will probably get hit with the ugly stick. If only it were a nexus or better dev supported 🙁

  • Buckoman

    Interesting concept – The notification light is in the home button rim.

    • LionStone

      I don’t really care for the Home Button, but that’s pimp! 🙂

  • Destroythanet

    Looks good with the skinny side bezels. Is the battery user replaceable?

    • LionStone

      says right above…

      • Battery: 3,140mAh (removable / wireless charging capable)

  • LG are really pushing the envelope here. Should be interesting to see if they can beat the GS4 to market with a 1080p screen.

  • If they can get this on all carriers and keep a decent update cycle (minus VZW of course) this phone could be a game changer. Finally a decent sized battery for a 1080p display!

    • hkklife

      Best specs on the market, bar none!! What a shame it will likely never hit VZW or, if it does, it will be as a cut-down midrange device. The only things that can kill this device are a lack of updates and the the usual lousy LG UI.

      • LionStone

        Yea it’s weird that VZW runs the Spectrum (II) (4.7″) and the other phablet phone I saw some lady walking with, the Intuition (5″ screen)…but not the Optimus? Yet anyway…

    • Richard Yarrell

      Let’s be serious LG is behind the curb on this. My Galaxy Note 2 720p amoled Hd device has a 3100mAh battery and it is industry leading. Now your gonna try to tell me that a 5.5 inch 1080p screen will last on a 3140mAh battery??. Especially since Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 3 with a far better 1080p full amoled Hd screen at 6.3 inches and 4200mAh battery. Who do you think rules this space definitely ain’t Lg.

      • squiddy20

        “Now your gonna try to tell me that a 5.5 inch 1080p screen will last on a 3140mAh battery??.” Your “pimp slapping” Note 2 with it’s 720p display and slightly smaller battery lasts, doesn’t it? Idiot.

        “with a far better 1080p full amoled Hd screen” 1080p IS High Definition (HD) you moron. Not to mention there is no such thing as an “amoled Hd screen”. What a joke.

  • Devi8

    Nexus 5

  • reyalP

    Can’t wait for the reviews. So far it looks good on paper.

  • Austin Warren

    If the Note 3 has a bigger screen and octa processor I’ll be headed that way. Sorry LG. You’re a little late.

    • snapdragonFan

      You do realize the octa is going to be a bigger drain on a battery than any snapdragon right? And I’ve said this elsewhere, thermal gating is going to be an issue. It is for all chips. I believe the octa is going to be forced to run its A7’s(due to the heat it will generate running the A15’s) much more frequently than people realize thus degrading its performance. Snapdragon’s have a proven history to run much longer before having to be thermally gated. This, i believe, is why over longer periods of use, the snapdragon will fair better. Sure, the Octa will beat the 600/800 in a performance benchmark test, but if there was any test that lasted any significant time, you’d see the octa start to drop in performance. And we all want a processor that is the best for real world usage, not just one that can throw up better benchmark numbers.

      • Austin Warren

        You do know it’s 4 cores power and 4 cores for battery saving. Nice try though.

        • snapdragonFan

          Great, so you save power on the 4 battery saving cores. What performance you think your getting when you are running on the A7’s? The A15 have already been show to eat through battery, and if they are eating through battery they are heating up. What happens when you heat up, wel,l you get thermally gated. So this either means they will run the A15’s at lower speed, which degrades performance, or they switch to A7’s which degrade performance. Either way you are sacrificing performance. Unless all you care about is battery, and not performance, the octa is going to let you down compared to a snapdragon.

          • Austin Warren

            What’s your salary like at Qualcomm?

          • snapdragonFan

            If you are trying to insinuate I’m getting paid off by Qualcomm to say these thing your wrong. I’m getting paid by them to actually make design their cores. Its why I know all about the A15’s power hungry issues and how they stack against a snapdragon. Try to argue with me the best you can, there aren’t to many here who know as much as I do about these things.

          • LionStone

            My girl was driving me around NC one time and I saw the Qualcomm factory driving by…I was saying, hey, hey, hey and she saying, “wtf”. I wanted to stop but she wouldn’t understand and she was driving 🙂 Anyway, thanks for the great work…my DNA runs killer, especially when I’m tethering, which I use it mostly for. It seems like it really just sips the battery.

          • snapdragonFan

            There is what looks like a random qualcomm site off 85 near/around greensboro/winston salem. I’m not sure what they do there, but the main site for Krait dev is RTP/Raleigh.

          • snapdragonFan

            And, thanks for the support, we all take great pride in our work, its a tough job designing a core from the ground up, but we all love it.

          • LionStone

            Yep, that was it…yea it was a funny geek moment 😉

        • Even if snapdragonFan does work for Qualcomm, he’s still right 🙂 . Qualcomm seems like the only company who cares about the performance/power ratio.

          Source: I’m an engineer as well who works with embedded systems

          • snapdragonFan

            I went to grad school at NCSU with a David Mann, any chance that might be you?

          • Nope, didn’t go to grad school =) . B.S. in Computer Engineering

  • bananatroll

    Slave labor produced south korean junk with “high end” specs, a massive screen, with enough bloatware to require the Heimlich maneuver, and a UI skin that is thick enough to repel a 20mm armor piercing MG round. Oh and lets not forget LG’s UI is so colorful and “fun” that one would think they just bought the Warner Bro. Officially Licensed ‘Loony Tunes’ Edition Optimus PRO HD. Lol this device will look like yet another Galaxy Series phone. Its sad how they don’t even try to differentiate themselves from their larger brother Samsung. Comon, the home button looks exactly like a Note home button.



  • If that is a color changing notification light around the home button it makes me hate a physical button a little less.

  • JBartcaps

    Good job LG

  • This would look nice with CM on it. I dont trust an LG skinned OS.

  • Jones

    Looks cool. People forget that Samsung used to be a dirty word in the android world.
    I still don’t like Samsung because of the cheap feel but they started making better products and people turned around and got interested in their products.

    Why not LG?

  • pd240

    I wonder how many more 5″ + screens we will see this year. Maybe this is the next device coming to verizon.

  • chris125

    I’ll wait and see what else comes out. LG is still not very good with updates and support

    • Butters619

      They would have to prove device support before I would give LG a chance, and with the number of phones they are releasing, I don’t know if there is a way they will be able to keep up with software updates

  • Butters619

    LG Optimus Galaxy

    • Pro lol

    • Richard Yarrell

      Gotta give it to Lg least they know who to copy to remain relevant in the tech game. Still not Samsung thou nice bootleg device.

  • Thomas

    At least it’s got 32GB of internal storage, while the Note 2 only has 16.

    • Big_EZ

      The Note 2 has 16gb, 32gb, or 64gb.

    • Richard Yarrell

      At least the Galaxy Note 2 has capabilities for 64gb sdxc sd card while that Lg Optimus G pro only can have r he standard 32gb sdcard. My Galaxy Note 2 has 80gb of storage and i have over 240 movies on my device and some 70 some odd videos and still have 40gb of storage left. My internal storage has 117 applications and have over 5gb of storage left out of that 16. Samsung is doing well in this space that’s for sure.

      • squiddy20

        You’ve stated you have 80 GB on your Note 2. Assuming that each “movie” (and by movie we’re talking some 90 minute or more video that’s been on the silver screen) is even 500 Mb (which would make it highly compressed and extremely poor quality (not even 720p)), and you do have 240 of them, you’d have 117 GB of “movies”.
        So you see, with just a little bit of simple math, it’s quite easy to know that you’re lying and pulling all these numbers out of your ass. Why don’t you take a screenshot of the Storage screen within Settings and try proving me wrong? If you can.

  • I think that if I’m going to jump into the phablet world, I’d rather have the option for a stylus than not.

  • brando56894

    Looks pretty damn nice, but I think I’ll wait for the X Phone 😀

    • Gerry

      Watch the X phone suck now

      • brando56894

        I hope it doesn’t, but with Google controlling Moto’s every move how can it possibly suck? Google can now do exactly what they want with the hardware, no compromises. I have the feeling it’s going to be a nice looking device (due to Moto’s excellent build quality) and the software is going to be perfect on it, it’s going to fit like a glove. Not to mention it’s going to have beast-like hardware which we’ve never really seen in a Nexus, since it’s always about the latest software and not the best available hardware.

    • michael arazan

      This phone will retail for $900 US in Korea where it will be for sale first, I don’t see that price encouraging anybody to buy it here in the US

  • Scott Martin

    impressive battery. i hate how everything looks like an iphone but whatever. i guess nokia tried making stuff look different and that crashed an burned so gotta stick with what’s selling. glad to see the expandable storage, now hope for LTE and big red’s support.

    • Butters619

      I’d say it looks like an SGS3 and Note 2 not an iPhone.

      • Scott Martin

        both phones you mentioned look like the iphone 3

        • Butters619

          You’re kidding right? I’ll be the first to admit the the original Galaxy S was an iPhone 3G clone, but saying the SGS3 looks like the iPhone shows you are blind, dumb, or a fanboy. The shape, size, materials, screen type, aspect ratio, bezel size, etx look nothing alike.

          • Scott Martin

            take a picture of both, put them side by side, they look the same.

          • Butters619

            For one that is the SGS3 Mini, which is a mid range cheap phone. Not the SGS3, which is what we were talking about. For two, when you compare them in real life they are nowhere near the same size and shape.

    • MentatYP

      Nokia’s aren’t selling well because they’re Windows Phones, not because they look different. The hardware is really nice. My boss has a Nokia Windows Phone phone (ugh, terminology) and it’s a solid piece of hardware.

  • adam king

    eh, it’s LG. This wouldn’t compel me to leave my note 2 unless it has other device specific software. Phones like these are coming out a dime a dozen; you have to have a way to set your device apart besides software features you’ll probably never use.

    • Jake

      A dime a dozen? You go find me a 5.5 inch 1080p display with quad core for a dime and I’ll buy you a dozen.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


      • Mchl496

        Go check Amazon

      • Big_EZ

        The only thing the Note 2 doesn’t have on that list is 1080p, but it’ll be 6 months old when this comes out. Also I doubt it’ll have any of the multi tasking features the Note 2 has.

        • Well to be fair, the Note 2 also doesn’t have an IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 600, (and lets face it, the S4 Pro takes down the Exynos, so the 600 will have no problem) a 13mp camera, or made up of premium feeling materials.

          I do agree that the Note 2 is much better at multi-tasking and the S-Pen features are pretty cool and the dev community is all over Samsung

          I do think this Optimus has a chance of being big if that big battery can keep up though

          • Austin Warren

            MP mean nothing. My 8mp takes better pics than sonys 12mp

          • Richard Yarrell

            The Exynos quadcore 4412 is very exceptional clocked at 1.6ghz and the battery life is industry leading on the Galaxy Note 2. Let’s keep this in mind folks everyone is copying and trying like hell to catch up to Samsung. Samsung are the industry leaders and the creators of this category they have nothing to prove Samsung is android plain and simple not Lg.

          • squiddy20

            Samsung is not the “creators of this category”. To be the creators of any “category”, they’d have to be first, and they were far from it. Look no further than the Dell Streak 5 for that title. The FIRST Android powered smartphone with a 5 inch screen, a whole year before the original Galaxy Note. You can’t even get basic facts right.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Bottom line here the current Galaxy Note 2 is on a level on it’s own. It’s the best ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made period. The Lg Optimus G pro is nothing more than a big smartphone it will never compare to the software and features solution of the Galaxy Note 2. Samsung created this space they are the leaders here and have nothing to worry about. After all people are trying to copy and catch up to Samsung.


    The light around the button looks pretty cool 😀

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Apple is about to sue the s#*% out of Samsung for giving LG these design ideas

    • Austin Warren

      And HTC!

    • S.Ober

      Even the next iPhone will look like a samsung

    • Richard Yarrell

      The problem with apple is plain and simple they are extremely boring and none of their products offer any kind of flare. Apple reminds me of Blackberry a bunch of has beens.