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AT&T Announces an Exclusive on the LG Optimus G Pro, Arrives May 10 for $199

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LG is still hosting an event this evening in NYC to reveal their plans for the Optimus G Pro, but AT&T has gone ahead this morning and ruined some of the surprise. The device is coming to AT&T as an exclusive (yes, another one) on May 10 for $199 on new 2-year contract. You can pre-order the device from May 3 if you’d like. Should you choose to pre-order, you’ll receive a free Quick Cover black folio case.

For those not familiar, the Optimus G Pro is a lot like the Galaxy Note 2 in terms of size, but 1-ups Samsung’s big boy by using a 5.5″ full HD IPS display (1920×1080, 400ppi), 13MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and 3140mAh battery. It also has  2.1MP front camera, runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and features a suite of LG-inspired multi-tasking software. There is no S Pen, though.

If you were interested in this device, how are you feeling about this being an AT&T exclusive? 

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AT&T and LG Unveil Powerful, Full HD Optiums G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro(TM) Enables Users to Connect and Share Like a Pro; Suite of Sharing, Multitasking Capabilities Enrich Users’ Demanding Lives

New York, New York, May 01, 2013

AT&T* and LG Electronics USA announced today the LG Optimus G Pro, available exclusively from AT&T, for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement beginning May 10.  LG Optimus G Pro is a powerful smartphone offering innovative solutions designed to help users creatively and more deeply connect, express and share their lives while providing the superior power and performance required to manage life on-the-go. Customers excited to reserve their Optimus G Pro can pre-order the device beginning May 3 at www.att.com/optimusgpro.  While supplies last, anyone who pre-orders will receive a free Quick Cover black folio case.

The LG Optimus G Pro comes packed with a host of high-performance features that refine mobile communication and help users better organize their lives. Backed by the powerful Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, users can access content and complete tasks faster than ever:

  • The brilliant 5.5-inch, 1920 X 1080 Full HD IPS display (400ppi) gives users more pixels and screen real estate to view and show off content.
  • The 13 MP Full HD rear-facing camera and 2.1 MP Full HD front-facing camera let users zoom in on even the most intricate of details and its unique Dual Recording feature allows simultaneous recording with both cameras for an amazing dimensional perspective.

The LG Optimus G Pro runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers nearly 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.  In a report**** by independent testing organization RootMetrics, AT&T’s 4G LTE network was called “blazing fast.”  The report found AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.

“From engagements to weddings, to newborns to family gatherings and work to vacation, active and involved people require robust mobile technology designed specifically to support and enrich their lives,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. “LG Optimus G Pro is the ultimate device for creating, viewing and sharing media content, whether it be HD video in full 1080p or high-resolution photos.  This device offers a vast collection of features and capabilities for those who want and need the best multitasking functionality.”

“The LG Optimus G Pro gives AT&T customers the ability to create and share rich content easily,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T.  “There’s no better place to experience that content than exclusively on our 4G LTE network, the nation’s fastest.”

Whether users are multitasking industry professionals who require powerful recording and viewing capabilities or just want great mobile technology, LG Optimus G Pro provides the tools  to capture important moments and share them with family, friends and co-workers.

With Dual Recording, users capture special and productive moments from both sides of life, all simultaneously on a single screen.  The combination of a powerful quad-core processor and 13 MP video camera lets you zoom in tight on the finest of details when viewing your recordings and helps maintain video playback quality and image resolution.

LG Optimus G Pro features a stylish ergonomic design with a narrow screen bezel delivering a more comfortable in-hand experience and great “pocketability.”  Hardware features enhance productivity while providing fun, entertaining moments.  QuickRemote is a universal remote application that utilizes the built-in Infrared (IR) sensor, turns the device into a Universal Remote Control for use with compatible TVs, Blu-Ray players, cable provider set-top boxes and more.

The LG Optimus G Pro also comes packed with features designed to enhance and simplify your experience. With VuTalk™, users can draw and share fun and productive notes in real time*** between compatible devices, creating new ways for to express your creativity beyond traditional text-based communication*****. Using QSlide 2.0, you can also overlay up to two application windows on an existing open application, adjusting size and transparency as needed, for advanced yet convenient multitasking. For spur-of-the-moment thoughts or just to add some fun commentary to photos or screenshots, QuickMemo™ lets you take screenshots and add personalized notes, drawings and messages, then share them via social media, text or email.

Key Features

- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 2 GB RAM

- Expansive 5.5″ 1080p Full HD IPS Screen (400 ppi resolution)

- Long-Lasting 3,140 mAh Battery

- Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

- Advanced 13 MP Full HD Camera with Dual Recording

- 2.1 MP Full HD Front-Facing Camera for Dual Recording and Video Conferencing

- Visually and Audibly Collaborate in Real Time with VuTalk

- QSlide 2.0 for Advanced and Convenient Multitasking

- Audio Zoom to enhance audio quality during video capture by focusing audio mics on the video target

- QuickRemote for Universal Remote Control

- Pocketable Ergonomic Design with Narrow Bezel

- Internal Storage: 32 GB on-board, support for up to 64 GB of expandable memory for a total of 96 GB

- Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability

LG Optimus G Pro will be available for preorder online May 3 at www.att.com/optimusgpro  and in AT&T retail stores May 10 for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.

Beginning today, customers who trade in their recent model smartphone to AT&T may be eligible to receive at least $100 credit** toward the purchase of a new smartphone, including the LG Optimus G Pro.  This brings the cost of the device down to $99.99 with a two-year commitment.

To take advantage of this offer, customers are encouraged to visit any AT&T company-owned retail store or participating authorized dealer with their previous smartphone that is no more than three years old and in good, working condition.  In stores, upon trading in their old phone, customers will receive the $100 credit on-the-spot and can use it immediately. ***

Some trade-in phones may have a value higher than $100.  In this case, customers will receive the credit at the higher value.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Certain conditions apply.  Credit refers to a Private Label AT&T Promotion Card (“Card”):  This card is issued by MetaBank™ or CenterState Bank of Florida NA, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Requires trade-in of qualifying wireless device.  Card may only b eused toward purchases of AT&T products and services in AT&T owned retail stores, at att.com, or to pay your wireless bill.  Card is not redeemable for cash and may not be used for cash withdrawal at any cash-dispensing locations.  Card funds are available for a minimum of 90 days after issuance, through the “Expiration Date” shown on the card.

***Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere.

**** Based on availability of AT&T 4G LTE in in 47 markets out of 77 total cities studied; ©RootMetrics®LTE Performance Report, March 2013).http://www.rootmetrics.com/special-reports/lte-performance-review/.

***** Must initially be established with a contact over a voice call

Design, features and specifications subject to change without notice

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on @ATT, on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

  • wargamer1969

    Seems like a worthy upgrade from my Note 1 to this. Or may wait to see what the Note 3 brings this Fall.

  • RoadsterHD1

    This is full of features and it looks real nice. LG is coming up.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Did they just make LG’s skin look like Touchwiz? Dammit, I liked that skin more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.schleupner Mark Schleupner

    It really sucks to be on Verizon right now. We don’t get the HTC One…. we don’t get the LG Optimus G Pro…. geez, I hope we get the Galaxy Note III…. but probably 3 or 4 months after everyone else gets it….

  • Matt

    I am really thinking about switching to ATT, not specifically for this phone, but Verizon hasnt gotten crap lately while ATT is getting all the new phones (HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S IV) and releasing them in a timely manner!!

  • Note II

    BROTHER!

  • AndroidUser00110001

    I was holding out for this phone. Was going to pick up GS4 instead but now I am getting the G Pro for sure. Exclusive carrier agreements suck though.

    I hope the boot loader is not locked down like the GS4.

    As to updates. LG has been bad in the past but they did update the G to 4.1.2 at the begging of April.

    • RaptorOO7

      This phone announcement caught my attention and the screen size is nice, memory is nice and it does just about everything the GN2 did except for the piss poor memory on it.

      My big concern is getting Android 4.2.2, I would like to know its coming and when. if its not happening until EOY then forget about it I will look at the GN3.

  • Normoid

    Verizon makes me want to exclusively jump ship!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hendley.73 Chris Hendley

    I have to agree with the sentiment Verizon really doesn’t have many phones I want even though I eligible for an upgrade. I don’t like iphones (plus why would I buy it now when they are coming out with a new one soon). Not really into the Note 2 phones (way too big) and what I have read about the S4 doesn’t peek my interest. The only phone I really want is the HTC One but that means I would have to switch carriers and I do not want to give up my unlimited data plan. Verizon pick your game up!

    • JoshGroff

      It’s pique, not peek.*

      I agree with you on Verizon’s narrow phone choices, but I grabbed myself a DNA just because it was a cheap snipe. Got it running a Sense 5 ROM and it’s a pretty nice phone, wish it had the extra storage capacity and front facing speakers of the One though.

    • Tim242

      The S4 doesn’t pique your interest? It has the best display and best camera on any smartphone to date. It has the best processor available. It has more features than you can shake a stick at. It is covered in Gorilla Glass 3. It launched with 4.2.2. Samsung is great with updates. What more do you want? What is it missing?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hendley.73 Chris Hendley

      Sorry but after reading that the S4 used up to 8GB of storage on their own applications does not sound like something I would want. I was interested in the DNA but I wanted to wait after CES before making a decision. Now I think I might just get the Nexus 4 for Verizon since it doesn’t look like the Motorola X phone isn’t coming out anytime soon. I have the HTC Thunderbolt and I don’t know how much longer I can keep this phone.

      • phippsrx

        Nexus 4 for Verizon? Can you do that?

  • Justin Kos

    I’ll tale my gnex

  • EC8CH

    I think we all feel phone exclusives suck ballz in general.

    • JoshGroff

      Definitely.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I don’t understand how these manufacturers think they can make $ when all their products are tied to ONE carrier in a big country. It’s like they just don’t want to make $. You can say the carriers are too controlling but there’s only so much the OEMs should take. I’m on VZW and we have like 3 good phones and that’s it. /rant

    • Tim242

      Would it make sense to carry the G Pro? It is nothing more than a Note 2.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Maybe so, but I want to have choices. AT&T always gets the good phones and you can even use overseas phones. If only their service wasn’t garbage(where I live) and if I didn’t have unlimited on VZW, I’d have left.

        • Tim242

          They are getting everything. I still have unlimited on Verizon. I am seriously considering a switch to at&t. I had to wait an extra month for Verizon to release the Note 2, now they are doing the same for the GS4. As far as using uocked phones on at&t, I’m wondering if that will still be the case when GSM is gone.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            Seriously, Verizon just doesn’t want to have these devices, probablye because they want to change things in them. But. Apple doesn’t allow it. If they all put their foot down, maybe VZW would budge. I just bought a used sgs3 to keep my unlimited, once that’s gone, I’ll leave too.

          • Josh Shaw

            I highly doubt GSM is going anywhere, it’s a standard like USB. Verizon and Sprint would probably change to GSM before AT&T went CDMA. Oh and I think it’s nice AT&T is getting all these phones, and getting them out quick! GS4 already out on AT&T, HTC One(64GB exclusive) not 100% confirmed on VZW, but out on AT&T.

          • Tim242

            At&t is dropping GSM just the same as Verizon is dropping CDMA. They are both going to LTE only. VoLTE will be used for calls. It will be a while, but it’s in the works.

          • Josh Shaw

            Umm… i don’t mean to insult you but, I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. GSM(AT&T/T-Mo) and LTE are on two different sides of the spectrum. That’s why Verizon(CDMA) has SIM cards in it’s 4G phones. LTE is a GSM network technology….

          • Tim242

            SIM cards do not mean it is GSM. CDMA uses SIM cards in the rest of the world. LTE is not a GSM tech. That is a huge misconception. At&t and Verizon both are going LTE only. I know a lot about tech.

          • Jeremyvbk93

            LTEand LTE advanced is a GSM technology. LTE is the 4g technology of GSM. The cdma equivalent UMB (formerly EV-DO REV. C) was dropped in favor of the GSM technology which favors speed and data quality. CDMA technology favors voice quality. Since we are headed toward Voice of IP like adaptions AKA VoLTE, they needed a better data technology. CDMA is actually a loosing technology. If you recall the LTE issues Verizon had(the frequent outages?) was because of how they had to implement a “switch over” from CDMA to GSM. You really should look up your information before saying you know what you mean. And the main reason Verizon added SIM cards into their Phones was because of the added GSM radio which did enable LTE connections. Which is also why the battery life sucked on most LTE phones(through verizons early years and still to this date). Any phone with two seperate radios( this case one cdma radio and one GSM radio) requires more power and hence less battery. That is one solution to prove you do not know what you are talking about.

          • Tim242

            GSM actually used WCDMA for 3G data, since GSM doesn’t favor data. LTE is neither GSM or CDMA. This should explain it. I know my $hit. LTE IN A NUTSHELL.http://db.tt/bppVVH7T

          • Jeremyvbk93

            Edge favored Data. It is what the iphone used for data connections for a while. That is GSM. And WCDMA is based of off the GSM, just like LTE is based off of GSM tech. It is like the iphone 3gs to the Iphone 4. Faster more efficient, but still has the similarities of the previous release. But The carriers have a long ways to go before dropping off their 2g technologies. Edge and Verizon’s Ev-do and 1-x network will not be going anywhere till at least 2020. Even though WCDMA uses some cdma tech, it is accepted as the 3g gsm standard. Every thing has stuff mixed together. LTE Standard was developed by 3GPP( the governing body of GSM) built LTE off of the standards and technologies of GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA.

          • Tim242

            You have a lot of things incorrect.. This should explain it. http://db.tt/bppVVH7T

      • http://www.facebook.com/Up.On.One.Hustler Ryan Hansele

        Processor? Display? You just love Samsung lol. Its ok its a preferance.

      • wargamer1969

        big upgrade over the Note 2 spec wise. Same size yeh.

  • shawnw1127

    Definitely a little jealous of AT&T getting all of these exclusives/good phones that VZW doesn’t get. Any merit to the recent rumors over the weekend that the fabled X Phone will get that 3-month AT&T Exclusive?

  • J Davis

    If anyone is keeping score AT&T is dominating Verizon with there choice of phones so far this year. Verizon better wake up..

  • BrianLipp

    Verizon’s got to have a big bombshell coming soon….right? Nexus (or Nexus-like)? Please? (and market it?)

  • Tim242

    So now at&t has 2 Note 2′s. Cute.

    • http://twitter.com/P0iS0NXX P0iS0N

      Man, you’re riding Samsung’s nut sack HARD dude. Are they paying you or what? Every post from you is about how great and amazing Samsung is compared to every other manufacturer out there. Come up for some air buddy.

  • RaptorOO7

    At least LG put 32GB of RAM + microSD slot on this phone at launch instead of a paltry 16GB on the GN2 and GS4 for launches. I guess LG learned something about not putting enough on the phone to begin with. Might be worth looking at IF we can’t get the GS4 in 32GB.

    Big Battery – Check
    Bigger Screen – Check
    1080p – Check
    32GB Internal – Check
    MicroSD 64GB – Check
    Worth looking at – Check
    Android 4.1.2 – Ummm, WTF.

    One question though, how good is LG at releasing updates and what about the bootloader?

    • Tim242

      LG is horrible at updates. At&t has most likely locked down the bootloader. They did on the S4.

      • http://twitter.com/mca5287 marcus aurelius

        LG has been releasing quite a few updates for camera and stability improvements. The last one recd was enabling dual camera/video pausing features. It seems LG has been much better esp coming from the G2X from mid 2011. This is an excellent smartphone & I enjoy using it although it’s the imported model. No SPEN, for me, no problem. Keep it up LG, competition is good:)

    • http://www.facebook.com/Up.On.One.Hustler Ryan Hansele

      I can tell you updates were horrible in the past but with their partnership with Google has increased their updates. All devices launched in Q4 are already running 4.1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.petrillo.1 Steven Petrillo

    This gives me a reason to switch from Verizon!

  • jnt

    I wonder how AT&T always works out these exclusives? Maybe the other carriers just don’t think it’s important?

    • Fattie McDoogles

      That is a very good question.

    • JoshGroff

      Maybe AT&T would rather pay OEMs to get an exclusivity deal instead of improving their network.

  • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

    I was hoping for Verizon so every time the home button lit up, I could admire Verizons logo. /s

    • T4rd

      They’re probably not carrying it specifically because their logo can’t fit on that thin button. =p

      • michael arazan

        I think Verizon is passing on every phone they can’t put a Front Facing Logo on

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    this just makes me excited for the future release of a Galaxy Note III. I needs 1080p!

  • tyguy829

    Cricket?

  • Long Nguyen

    Stop with the exclusive!! This is insane!

  • Evan Knofsky

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZBwLc53ZT5U#t=117s

    You can see through the phone, it’s kind of amusing!

    • Andrew

      I want that technology!

    • Feed Jake

      Is the ginger in that clip from “5 Simple Rules”? Oh how the mighty have fallen. Ok, maybe “mighty” is a bit strong for a show that lives on ABC Family.