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LG Announces G Pro Lite, 5.5″ Midrange Device Priced to Compete

G Pro Lite

This morning, LG announced the G Pro Lite, a device set to compete in the 5″+ category in developing markets. As far as the company’s press release detailed, it doesn’t appear that the phone is hitting North America anytime soon, and that’s probably for the best.

The G Pro Lite features a 5.5″ display with a resolution of only 960 x 540, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, a solid 3,140mAh battery, no support for LTE, and runs Android 4.1.2. The device also features a few of LG’s newest tricks, such as KnockOn, and even a full stylus for taking notes and doodling. 

With LG G Pro Lite, we are introducing a competitive device to the masses in the growing large smartphone market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The market for smartphones with displays over five inches will continue to grow and LG is in a great position to capture these new customers when they’re ready to move up from their current phones.

It’s pretty clear that the device wouldn’t compete well against any of America’s top smartphones, so it’s no surprise if the G Pro Lite never finds its way to our shores. LG has yet to release specifics on a price, but given its specs and the company’s marketing strategy, we are thinking as cheap as possible.

Moving on.

LG G PRO LITE MAKES ITS GLOBAL DEBUT

LG’s Newest Smartphone Combines the Large Display and Large Capacity Battery of LG Optimus G Pro with the Newest Multimedia Features

SEOUL, Oct. 10, 2013 — To fulfill the needs of practical smartphone users who want to enjoy the convenience of a large display, LG Electronics (LG) today introduced to the world its latest device, LG G Pro Lite, with a 5.5-inch display and unique UX features.

In addition to its large IPS display, LG G Pro Lite features an equally large 3,140mAh battery, embedded Stylus Pen, stereo speakers and Dual SIM with a dedicated Hot Key. The phone is also designed with an ultra-narrow bezel for an incredible edge-to-edge viewing experience, slim design for optimal one-hand grip and convenient UX features shared with LG’s other premium G Series smartphones.

“With LG G Pro Lite, we are introducing a competitive device to the masses in the growing large smartphone market,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The market for smartphones with displays over five inches will continue to grow and LG is in a great position to capture these new customers when they’re ready to move up from their current phones.”

The Stylus Pen that is included with the LG G Pro Lite increases the smartphone’s usability. The Stylus Pen allows for quick and accurate handwriting and can be stored conveniently in a slot at the top of the phone. And for customers who are increasingly turning to their smartphones for entertainment, LG equipped the LG G Pro Lite with dual speakers for excellent audio performance with or without headphones. What’s more, LG’s latest smartphone maximizes user convenience with a Dual SIM feature and a dedicated Hot Key to make switching between two SIM cards easier than ever before.

LG G Pro Lite comes with LG’s practical and convenient UX that features all the benefits of LG’s premium G Series, G Pro and G2. KnockON powers on the G Pro Lite with two taps to the display, Pause and Resume Recording allows for the recording of short snippets of video which can then be viewed as one continuous file, QSlide controls up to three different apps in one window, QuickMemo gives users the ability to instantly jot memos or notes from any screen without having to open a separate application and QTranslator instantly translates words and sentences from images captured with the smartphone’s camera.

LG G Pro Lite will make its world debut this month in Latin America followed by markets in Asia, Russia, China, India and the Middle East.

Key Specifications:
– Processor: MT6577 1.0 GHz Dual Core
– Display: 5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels)
– Network: 3G (HSDPA: 7.2Mbps / HSUPA: 5.76Mbps)
– Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, MicroSD
– Camera: Rear 8.0MP BSI / Front 1.3MP
– Battery: 3,140 mAh (removable)
– Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
– Size: 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4mm
– Weight: 161g
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, USB2.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct
– Colors: Black, White

  • poop

    Am I the only one not seeing a price?

  • InvaderDJ

    How…how can this be running 4.1.2? That is almost malicious, unless LG has been testing this for a long time I can’t see how a phone that isn’t even released is running a version of Android two versions behind what’s current.

    That battery size sounds nice though and with that low res screen and low clock speed CPU the battery life should be great.

  • joejoe5709

    Other than the screen size and the large battery (needed for the screen), this is hardly even mid-range these days. That said, seems like a great affordable option for those who need something along the lines of a Note.

  • starnovsky

    I understand why midrange specs, but why 4.1?!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i thought the 5s was the only thing coming out with 1gb of ram.

    • starnovsky

      5s is probably the only _expensive_ thing coming out with 1gb of ram. This phone is not.

      • joejoe5709

        And other than the Moto X (and the Droid lineup), it’s the only “flagship” with a dual core processor. And also less than 1080p screen resolution.

        I tell my iPhone-loving wife all the time that her iPhone is a mid-range phone (at best) in the Android world. ;-)

  • Peter Mansour

    Junk

    • hooah

      Wrong…perfectly positioned for the intended market.

  • kevin

    So I never owned an LG phone nor do I know anything about them but I do have a serious question. Why do a lot of their phones look like almost exactly like direct rip offs of the galaxy line? Also, why does it to appear to look almost exactly like touchwiz? Does LG have some sort of licensing agreement with samsung or something? if not then why hasn’t LG gotten sued yet? Serious question here.

    • B!

      They’re probably just within the guidelines of patent infringement. I see the design similarities but not the same with the interface. I use a GS4 & an Optimus G Pro & they’re almost night & day to me.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Samsung is the only Android manufacturer that’s really doing well, so naturally LG wants a piece of that. LG is probably so low down that Samsung doesn’t really care at this point, or they are waiting for them to become a serious competitor and then sue them, they’d get more money if there were more devices infringing on their patents.

    • joejoe5709

      They’re both Korean and since the days of flip phones and feature phones, they’ve been very very similar in design, features and software. Even their non-phone products such as appliances and TV’s are very very similar. Years ago I thought they were basically the same company. I have no proof, but they must have some sort of an understanding. That said, LG tends to lag slightly behind Samsung in innovation.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      LG is a sister company to Samsung. You’ve noticed that their TV are strikingly similar? Same for their phones.

  • Havoktek

    How about kickin’ some of those nice new features like “Knock” on over to the OG PRO for goodness sakes LG!!!!…..Having……flashbacks……G2X…..No update love…

    • anon

      same reason the S3 never got split screen for a certain amount of time. Flagship device must have it for certain amount of time then updates will follow.

      • T4rd

        Well the Split screen feature debuted with the Note 2, which came out like 6 months after the S3. And if I remember right, the S3 got the 4.1 update with split screen features like a month or two after the Note 2 came out. So they didn’t have to wait long.

  • mustbepbs

    LG, please hurry up and bring the G Pad 8.3 over here. I want it so bad.

  • DodgingDonkey

    This to me looks like a great device. Maybe not marketed towards people like us, but places where mobile devices are just starting to emerge, and possibly some people in the older crowd who want a smart phone to last and don’t care about the HD display, fastest processor etc. Great battery larger screen for viewing, it could work, price depending.

  • jbdan

    But look at that battery! I’ll give them props. Battery life will be insane with that hardware

    • joejoe5709

      With that large of a screen, it’s almost necessary. Still, it should be great with battery life.

  • Stephen D

    Display: 5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels)

    Seriously LG? At least make it 720p. I understand it’s meant to be cheap, but come on.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Well Samsung makes a 5.8″ qHD phone so why not?