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LG Confirms May 1 Event is About the Optimus G Pro

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May 1 has been saved on our calendars since last Tuesday when LG announced a mobile-related event for that evening. The “save the date” spoke of geniuses and brilliance, which didn’t necessarily make much sense at the time. However, thanks to the official invite to the event that we received today, we now understand the references. 

LG plans to announce its oversized device (5.5″ 1080p display), the Optimus G Pro, for the U.S. with a live concert from Atlas Genius. During the event, they want us all to “experience true brilliance in the making,” a reference to the overall package delivered in the G Pro.

For those not familiar, the Optimus G Pro is very similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, yet has pumped up specs in a number of areas, most importantly the display. It also has the newest processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600, a 13MP camera, and all sorts of software enhancements built specifically for a device this size. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an S Pen or anything along those lines.

We’ll be there to soak it all in!

  • Will mac

    as soon as Apple make a slightly bigger screen iPhone they will clean up.. this is from someone who has never had an iPhone or bought into the hype

  • trob6969

    With the G Pro’s ability to pause then restart video according to when you’re looking at the screen and also scroll webpages with your eyes I won’t be bothered by constantly wiping fingerprints off the display, so why would I even want a stylus? I wouldn’t have a use for it.

  • who cares about specs anymore phones are fast enough, look at the galaxy s3 only dual core yet the #1 selling android device does that make sense no but thats because no one cares about specs they care what the phone is gunna do for them and battery life, so this is better than the note 2 but say the note 3 comes out and it blows the g pro’s specs who cares g pro will still be better than the “note 3” because the optimus UI offers a lot more than touchwiz.

  • Looks like a RAZR HD. Or an iPhone.

  • Anon

    (look at ad) LG’s making iPhones? Who knew?

  • Zay Carter

    I’ll admit the specs are slightly better than the note 2 but i don’t trust LG with updates and the fact that they copied the note from the design down to the touchwiz like ui and multiwindow features just leaves a bad impression. Also the international version has seen decent reviews but in every match up with the note 2 it comes up short with the exception of the display. Seems like a decent phone but i see it as “me too” device,also it’s been said it that feels cheaper in hand than the note 2.

    • Ryan

      The G Pro does not have multi window. It has Q slide so you can have overlays if you will that can be re sized and multiple windows open at once. Not the same at all. But I do see where you come from that it is similar. But everything will be copied in some form from every brand and then expanded. its technology and that is the name of game. Look at Apple and the notification bar lol.

  • looks like an aluminum body on the back and gorilla glass on the front….surprised no one is saying it looks like an iphone 5, but hey it looks like an LG device, ideas taken from two great companys apple and samsung and boosted features to equal one great device.

    • R EO

      It’s all plastic, what you’re seeing is an aluminum-colored strip.

  • Dorian Brooks

    The Intuition. LG’s 1st strike against Samsung on VZW is currently half the price of the Note 2. I used to like LG back in the (Prada came before the iPhone) day, but now this would have to come out at a considerably Intuition-esque price to really get my attention.

  • In my opinion. LG has a better design when comparing with Samsung.

  • El Big CHRIS

    Looks OK, but what does it offer over the Note 2 with the stylus? I may never use the stylus but it’s a heck of a feature over this phone.

    • Faster processor, hi-res screen, and more camera MP, if that counts for anything. The high res screen is attractive to me.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        So that’s over last year’s Note, but I guess I’d have to see it to compare it, because just the screen istnt really worth replacing a Note 2. Just my 2 cnts

        • That makes sense. I am sure the intention is to one up the Note 2 for new potential buyers. I do a lot of remote desktop stuff to where the 1080p comes in handy.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            Yeah I see what LG is trying to do, but adding something like a stylus would really put it on people’s radar. They already copied several software features, so why not go full and add a stylus

          • michael arazan

            But in 6 months the Note 3 will be out, and with updated specs, just in time for the original note 2-year contracts to be coming up, Lg should of released it then or waited a few months till summer. After all the hoopla has died down to get out of the way from all the noise from the One and S4, and I/O

      • crazysamz

        Yes, it does have a faster cpu, better resolution screen and a higher megapixel camera, however the overall experience of using the phone still isn’t going to be as good as using a Note II. I’d still rather wait for what Samsung’s got up their sleeve for the Note III, an Exynos Octa for the US perhaps? 1080P OLED is a must, which should look amazing, and of course they’re going to throw a better shooter on that thing. I’ll keep my Note II for now.

        And the lack of stylus? Although I use mine sparingly, it’s so useful on such a giant screen, why not put one in?!

        I do like the extra battery, either way I end up buying 2 extras anyways, but nice bonus LG

        • michael arazan

          Especially now that Samsung is taking updates to phone seriously, LG is way behind in updating their phones even worse than htc. My friends and family who have had LG phones in the past swear they’ll never buy another one, those are the people LG should be trying to win back for earlier devices that were crappy, maybe a trade in your old device for a new discounted LG might help.

      • RaptorOO7

        Not really the GN3 will be out in a few months and out do this replica turd.

        • Maybe. Didn’t the Note 2 come out in December for Verizon? That’s closer to 8 months away if on the same release schedule.

  • KRS_Won

    LG Nexus 4G… that could be debuted at Google I/O?
    How many of you would buy this if the Optimus G was released as a Nexus on Verizon?

    • I put no stock in Nexus on Verizon.

  • Austin Warren

    So people want this plastic but not Samsung plastic. Gotcha

    • Ya know, I’ve read a lot of your comments, not on purpose, I assure you, but clearly you have a lot of faith in Samsung. That’s fine and dandy and all but it’s like you get all butthurt when people say something on the negative side about Samsung. You like to point out how LG copied Samsung, ok and your point is what? Your beloved Samsung did some copying as well, off Apple! I think every manufacturer copies another on some level. Your opinion isn’t the only one that matters, ya know.

      • Austin Warren

        I don’t even like samsung that much. It’s funny to see people downvote and make it look like I care. But I assure you, I don’t. Not sure I ever said my opinion was the only one that mattered. God damn republicans always making stuff up.

        • You must care, I mean you took the time to reply, right? So….clearly you had to care. You don’t like Samsung that much…..hmmm, but in the past few topics related to LG’s Optimus G Pro you went on and on to point out how LG has copied Samsung. And here again, you just got through saying “So people want this cheap plastic, but not Samsung”. Why the hell do you care what phone or tablet someone else uses?

          • Rodeojones000

            Believe, this guy cares and his love of Samsung borders is a bit on the unhealthy side. Go back and look at the articles related to the announcement of the SGS4. He took time to comment and argue with everyone who posted something negative about the device.

          • Ian

            And most of his arguments are simply incoherent babble anyways.

          • Right, he acts like “how dare us to have an opinion of our own”. Like I said before, Why does he make such a big deal over it. I mean, if he wants to go out and buy a Samsung whatever, wonderful, and I’m not saying I hate them, but they aren’t “THE BEST”.

          • TrollDetector

            *beep* *beep* *beep*

          • Is your mom backing up?

  • Radgatt

    If this phone makes it way to Verizon then I’ll be curious. If it doesn’t then it will be another phone to not make a big enough splash here in the states….

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Specs “Awesome” LG ‘Home’ or whatever they call their skin brings it down to “Bleh” – level. I saw that square one at VZW store, intuition or whatever, ugly as hell.

  • JetBlue

    Is there really anybody excited about this device?

    • digitalicecream

      Yup. Could be awesome. We’ll have to wait and see.

      • hkklife

        If it comes with 32Gb storage standard as it has in other markets that’ll give them a huge plus over the Note 2 in that category.

    • I will be if it comes to Verizon. Excited is maybe a strong word. More like curious. Or 1 tick above “meh”.

      • Oh man. If they turn this into a Nexus variant I would be pretty excited.

    • Ryan

      Yes I want a large 5.5in device but am not a fan of AMOLED displays.

      • R EO

        Ya it’s LCD not AMOLED. I also think it will have a stylus…

        • hkklife

          No, the LG does not have a stylus. I am 100% fine with that . Keep the formfactor as slim and sturdy as possible and keep space there for more onboard storage, external storage and biggest battery possible.

          • R EO

            Lol the Asian version has an antenna, ours won’t, I really think they’ll put a stylus in place of the antenna.

    • I am interested in the 1080p screen. Have the Note 2 now.

    • R EO

      Me me me! I plan to get it the day it comes out!