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Report: LG G Pro 2 With 3GB RAM and 6-inch Display Coming to MWC

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According to Korean media, LG will introduce the G Pro 2 next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. As you may recall, they introduced the original G Pro (“Optimus” G Pro) in February of last year, so if we’re talking yearly cycles of phones, the time frame certainly matches up. Last year’s G Pro sort of skated under the radar, even though it featured a 5.5-inch 1080p display and was mostly a beast in terms of specs. Then again, LG has almost always tried to pack in top-of-the-line specs, yet has struggled to grab much of the Android market share. 

So this new G Pro 2 is expected to carry a 6-inch 1080p display, be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB RAM, and run Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” All of those specs seem like solid improvements over last year’s model. Can LG do something specific with the phone to turn it into a star like the Galaxy Note series? That, my friends, is the question that all OEMs outside of Samsung would love to have an answer for.

Phones keep getting bigger – are you still interested in oversized devices? Or, how about overly, ridiculously-sized, devices?

Note – Image is of the original G Pro.

Via:  ETnews
  • JayQ330

    I like my screens to be 5 inches for strictly app space, not 5″s & the navigation bar at the bottom. Maybe a screen with 30 more pixels at the bottom for the nab bar, the newest android app’s are using android translucent navigation and notification bars & thet make all the app’s look amazing & great eye candy.

  • wargamer1969

    Only if the screen is bezeless edge to edge. Won’t be that big of jump from the first pro G spec wise, .5 inch bigger screen 200 more mhz and 1 more gb of ram.

  • Kalt Kirk

    What LG should do with the Pro 2 is obvious. Ensure it is better than the G Pro & G2. Only thing that stopped me buying the G Pro 8 months after its release was the camera – it needs to produce great prints, not ones which are almost as good as the Note 3, which had a good camera but fell short in some areas. As I have an N8 the processor, etc., was not a problem, but obviously it would be great to have a speed king. Other thing is, Chinese & Korean makers are also making 6″ phones with 13MP cameras, so the race is on. And it needs to be released soon.
    Lastly, why are reviews lagging behind? The Acer has been out for more than 2 months but there is no up-to-date reviews.

  • sproketz

    Yet another phone I might consider if it didn’t have an ugly logo on the front. Thank goodness Google makes Nexus devices.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    6-inch 1080p display, be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB RAM, and run Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.”

    So it’ll be behind the GNote3 at launch? Yikes.

  • KID ANDROID

    5″ – 5.5″ is the sweet spot, I used the Galaxy Mega 6.3″ for awhile and it was ridiculously big even for my huge hands. I’ve had phones and tablets of all sizes and have to say the best is having a combo of a 5″ phone and 7″ tablet, I’m rocking the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 for my primary devices and couldn’t be happier. As long as you have 1080p displays as it’s almost a must now after having them, you can’t go backwards or you get pixel depression & anger lol.

  • crazed_z06

    6″ might be too big. The nice thing about the Note series is Samsung has really tuned the screen size on the extra-big device. If anyone has bothered trying the Note 3 without immediately dismissing it, you’d see that the 5.7″ size is great. While it’s still large, it’s not bulky and unwieldy. For the large size, it’s still very manageable. Now go check out some of the really big devices like the HTC One Max or Nokia Lumia 1520. Those 6″+ devices immediately feel WAAAAY too big.

    • Geek Man

      That’s what she said!

  • DanThompson87

    Is it just me or does that thing look just like a Galaxy…….

    • crazed_z06

      It looks just like a Galaxy. LG totally rips off Samsung’s look. Even their UI looks like Touchwiz

      • slainte

        Old pic, likely will not have a physical button on the front. I recently had the S3, then G2, but have not seen many similarities to Touchwiz at stock. But, I also switched over to Nova shortly after, so my time with the G2 stock launcher was only a few days.

  • cisternachyli

    i like LG’s weather widget. I wish i could get that for my S3…

  • joejoe5709

    No doubt this will be a great device even if it’s basically just a larger G2 and/or a not-so-flexible Flex with a better screen. But the Note 3 is such an impressive package that LG will have to REALLY knock it out of the park to compete. Besting the S4 with the G2 is a heck of a lot easier than trumping the Note 3. I think it’ll be better than things like the Oppo N1 and the HTC One Max so maybe second place isn’t so bad. And in my opinion, LG’s UI is generally better than (the current iteration of) Touchwiz. Kit Kat could be a game changer in this respect so who knows.

    As for phablets let’s be honest – my G2 is barely comfortable with one hand. It’s doable but it’s really pushing limits. But I actually like that about the phone. I like the idea of the maximum screen size possible while still being an actual phone. In reality it’s only a fraction larger than my Gnex as a whole, but the screen size really challenges how far I can stretch my hand. So now that I own a fairly large phone, I can see how someone could actually use a phablet and using two hands for such a thing isn’t so bad. At this point, I still see them as over the top or more than I need. And for those rare times I do actually talk on my phone with it against my ear, phablets look pretty ridiculous. When my G2 is up for replacement, I think phablets will be on my possible shopping list for the first time.

    And I’m definitely in the category of people who would loooove to see phablets with a 2K or 4K resolution screen. On a screen smaller than 5.5″ it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but larger than that and it could be pretty cool. Watching a video or playing a game would be stunning.

    • CoreRooted

      Same here with my G2. I absolutely love the size and feel of it.

  • Mike Hilal

    Here comes the LG/Samsung war, since things have gotten dull with apple

  • Chris

    Samsung G pro?

  • Reginald Jefferson

    That phone looks so familiar. Can’t help thinking that I’ve seen that device somewhere before…

    • CoreRooted

      tl;dr? That’s the G Pro from last year. The new one shouldn’t have any physical buttons on it and if they follow the G2 model, the power and volume buttons will be on the back of the device.

  • RoadsterHD1

    It looks strikingly like a Galaxy S phone. Now Sammy knows what Apple feels like I guess. Come on guys lets be original. Go Motorola!!!

  • Shadowstare

    Love the extra ram, but a 6-inch display…….i don’t know. That seems to be going into Note territory. i’m staying clear of that foolishness

    • michael arazan

      I’m curios for why the extra ram, unless they are going to bloat out the LG Skin more like Samsung does.

      • Mike Saleh

        Its for multitasking dumbass.

        • EnterTheNexus

          No need to call the dude a dumbass.

  • FAL_Fan

    I’m sorry, but as far as suing for being of similar shape is concerned (ahem Apple) Samsung should probably sue LG for this…I saw it and thought it was the Note…

    • Adrynalyne

      If they haven’t by now, I don’t think they will. This has been out for a while (above is a G pro).

      • FAL_Fan

        Yes, I understand this, I was referring to Apple suing Samsung for having a candy bar shaped phone with a center button. This looks like an almost exact copy and Samsung is not suing for it, hence what you said is my point.

        • Adrynalyne

          Gotcha.

          • FAL_Fan

            Yes sir, Thank you for allowing me to clarify, I see how what I said may have been misunderstood

  • David Narada Brown

    Looks like a note to me! im not interested sorry!

    • Adrynalyne

      That is a G Pro. We don’t have G Pro 2 pics yet I don’t think.

  • grayson360

    So I’ve been through a Droid Eris, Droid Bionic, Galaxy Nexus, S3, S4 and now the G2. My favorites have been the G2 and my Nexus simply because they just worked perfectly for me. Now my girlfriend went from my S3 to a Note 3 and I try to use it but just can’t. Its too big and just, idk, cartoonish. The screen is massive and I can’t reach all of it with one hand and my hands are pretty damn big. The G2 is just so perfect especially since I got used to the back buttons. I can’t use normal ones now. I just can’t. I’m excited for what LG has to offer as well as other manufactures. Ah it’s great to be a nerd :).

    • EnterTheNexus

      Having a phone doesn’t make you a nerd. I know you’re not 13.

      • grayson360

        But it sure as hell has a bit of props so I’m not just spouting about one fanboyed company over the other. Do I need to explain my nerd because it’s such a big issue? Or am I a geek? It’s really that important to label something properly as opposed to exchanging information in an open minded world of cross communication? Don’t be an ass. I’m a nerd. I’m a geek. I’m fat. I’m skinny. I’m tall. I’m short but does it really matter? Repeat: Don’t be an ass.

        • EnterTheNexus

          It took you that long to reply. hahahaha Dude, only 13 year old kids who wither their lives away on social media networks and wear hipster glasses call themselves nerds and geeks, hence my reply was in essence of that situation. No hard feelings mayne.

          There’s something I don’t understand, you’re fat b-b-but you’re skinny? You’re tall, but you’re short? You just contradicted yourself to the fullest.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I applaud LG but they need to realize the industry leading Samsung this is their category after all. The Gpro2 specs are late Note 3 2013 not what will hit here in 2014 from a spec standpoint. Guess LG trying to save money like that crap Htc did with the One Max. Look forward to another boring AT&T exclusive.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Shut up, Richard..

      • Tim242

        You shut up.

        • Dr_Buttballs

          No

    • joejoe5709

      So you’re saying LG shouldn’t even try to compete? Competition is a good thing, my friend. Even if LG can’t beat the Note 3 this time around, they’re coming up quick and should be able to compete on their level within a year or two, but they gotta start somewhere. Aaaannndddd… what’s wrong with second place? Unless Moto and/or Google develop a phablet, it’s not hard to beat the HTC One Max so being #2 isn’t a bad place at all.

    • squiddy20

      Yes, because specs are the only thing every person in the entire world cares about.
      What a joke. Maybe if Touchwiz was more optimized, the Note 3 wouldn’t have needed 3 GB of RAM and that fancy Snapdragon 800 processor. For god’s sake, the Moto X runs just as well, if not better than, the Note 3 on “inferior” hardware.

      • hkklife

        Just *imagine* what Moto could do with Samsung-level purchasing power and specs!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    6 inch is no longer evn competing with the S4…. It’s competing with the Note line. And if they are deciding to go that route they better come good.

    • Chris

      not the note. The Galaxy mega,

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        The successor to the G2 is definitely not comparable to the low specd Mega. It’s LG’s High End phone.

      • John Legere

        LOL a piece of crap plastic Mega to LGs top of the line that beats the living daylights out of the Note line? Hahahahahahahahahahga

    • joejoe5709

      Was the G Pro competing with the S4? I thought the G2 was competing with the S4/S5.

  • truth_cutz

    I like 5.5.. 6 is a bit to large.

  • truth_cutz

    Got the G Pro last 6-8 months ago and LG and there has been zero updates. Luckily I know how to root and flash. I think LG as well as others need to : make the phones easier to flash or stay up on updates. I’m even surprised this will have 4.4…I figured they would put 4.2

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

    The G2 is the perfect size for me, 5.2″ screen on a phone the same size as the S4 due to the thin bezels. I’m done with the Note 3 and larger phones.

    • Tim242

      The display is the same size as the S4. On screen buttons = bezel and usable screen reduction.

      • grumpyfuzz

        except when watching a video, or doing things when you would want the extra .2 inches of screen space. oh and also, have you ever heard of pie controls…?

        • Tim242

          In a video, dots still show in the place of the buttons. Yes, I’m familiar with LMT. Those use a running service, which can affect battery life. Not to mention, requires root. Most people don’t root.

          • grumpyfuzz

            In a video, the buttons actually go away. When is the last time you used a phone with on-screen buttons? I own a Nexus 5, so I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about. And yes it is true most people don’t root, but on this site 50% of people do. (info taken from recent poll)

          • Tim242

            The buttons go away, but dots to recover those buttons remain. You don’t have this issue with off screen buttons. You get the full screen, and smaller bezels. I think the good of the general consumers outweigh those of the .000000001% of rooters.

  • brkshr

    I’ll bet they found women with the largest hands they could to make the phone seem normal sized.

    Edit: just saw the note at the bottom of the article.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I bet this will be just as good as the s5 if not better and cost less…

  • Ryan

    I’m at my max for size on the G2.

    • SplashMTN

      I was really contemplating getting a Note 3, but the after using the G2 I’m so glad I didn’t. There are some things that 5.7+ inch screens are good for, but I can use my tablet for those things.

  • mcdonsco

    Just got the G2 and loving it (after rooting it and G2 Xposed)…might not be running kitkat, but it looks like it is now (though I know I can, but I’m not into rom’ing – don’t want to risk a $450 device)

    • CoreRooted

      Actually, I’ve rooted and rom’d mine. What I settled on was a vanilla 4.4.2 build and I keep stock as a nandroid backup. However, the ONLY reason I threw a 4.4.2 ROM on it was because I use Google Wallet a lot and the tap to pay is handy when I’m not carrying my wallet around. Otherwise, the stock 4.2.2 is probably one of the best stock roms I’ve used EVER.

      • mcdonsco

        Mine is rooted as well, I’ve never tried a rom before but would LOVE to have stock/vanilla 4.4.2 on it; does it still “knock on/off”?

        I don’t suppose you have a link to where you got that rom, instructions etc?

        Also, do you know if that rom has the SPP Bluetooth profile? If so, that certainly increases my interest as LG didn’t include it.

        Thanks!

        • CoreRooted

          http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2566546

          That’s the ROM I’m running right now. Closest to vanilla I have found yet (still CM11 based, but nothing else added on top). I’m not sure about the SPP BT profile though. KnockOn/Off works, but slightly differently than stock. KnockOn is normal, KnockOff is triggered by either the notification bar or the nav bar (tapping it twice initiates KnockOff).

          The HARDEST part I had was getting the custom recovery on it. However, since I’ve rooted mine, there’s been a lot of fixing done to that process: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2589950 uses Flashify (which is what I did with mine) and it works without an issue at all.

          The last thing I did was made sure to take a backup of my stock ROM. So, when I get bored with 4.4.2, I just restore that backup, use, and then flip again. LOL

          • mcdonsco

            Sorry to bombard you here, but I’m a rom noob…What did you do to backup factory; and process to go back to factory if you want? Also, is your’s the Verizon one?

          • CoreRooted

            Oh. No. I have the D800 (AT&T), but there are CM11 ROMs for that build also. Links are here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2494684 for the CM11 ROM and for the recovery: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2587296

            To take a backup of stock, I rooted and installed TWRP 2.6.3.3, then just make a backup. I renamed it “Stock” and then I installed the 4.4.2 ROM (along with gApps).

            It’s actually really easy as long as you follow the instructions. I see you already posted about the SPP profile. I’ll do some digging and see what I can find.

          • mcdonsco

            I bit the bullet and installed TWRP, did two backups (one external and one internal just to be sure) then had it install this rom http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=vs980&type=stable

            Phone went into little red hazard sign android, and a few minutes later booted up again back into the EXACT same load that was on there before, no difference…Am I missing something?

          • CoreRooted

            1. That.s 10.2 (4.2.2, the same version you are running now). It’s ok if you want to run that (obviously), but 4.4.2 is so much sexier. :)
            2. Did you wipe (using the Wipe menu) BEFORE you flashed? The steps are: 1. Backup, 2. Wipe, 3: Install (select the zip and gApps which you need to download also) 4. Reboot. 5. Let it sit for a couple minutes after you flash it.

          • mcdonsco

            Yea, i wiped it first.

            So what your telling me is i successfully flashed it with the EXACT same os? Lol.

            I couldnt find anywhere where there was a description of it.

            I guess now i just need to find a stable kitkat rom for this thing and go from there.

            Will twrp successsfully flash any rom i want? Just get the xip, open twrp and install?

          • CoreRooted

            For the most part, yes. Look here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/lg-g2/development-verizon Any roms that say [4.2.2] in them are basically what you are running now. You want ones that have [4.4.2] :)

    • TopXKiller

      Follow directions and you’ll be fine. I am enjoying the Flex ROM (it was ported) on my VZN G2, so good.

      • mcdonsco

        I just bit the bullet and installed twrp, did two backups (one external and one internal just to be sure) then had it install this rom http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=vs980&type=stable

        Phone went into little red hazard sign android, and a few minutes later booted up again back into the EXACT same load that was on there before, no difference…Am I missing something?

  • Alec

    Maybe they would grab more market share if they named their devices something more appealing and less confusing to the consumers.

  • Lawrence_Hart

    I don’t want a bigger phone than my Moto X. Tablets work if I need a bigger screen.

  • John Legere

    Let’s not confuse this with the G3. At least people can get a smooth running phablet. Unlike the others.

  • Tom Luley

    I am off the bandwagon for over-sized and over-priced handsets. I have rather large hands and my Moto X, I think, hit the jackpot for screen size and phone size. Now to just release one with a 1080p or 2K screen and have it priced off contract for >$400.

    • Cesar

      Forget the 2k screen, just give it a better battery and I’m sold.

      • John Legere

        Anything over 3000mAh and you’re solid.

        • T4rd

          The things is; you shouldn’t need a 3000+ mAh battery to have decent battery life when the iPhone* does well with about half that. Power efficiency should be what Google focuses on in future Android revisions instead of adding more minor functional features. I’m amazed they haven’t addressed it at all yet with how mature Android has gotten in every other category.

          *I’m not advocating for the iPhone at all, just comparing.

          • Ryan

            Totally different OS, Apples and oranges.

          • Adrynalyne

            It is, but it does illustrate how software can also be used to prolong and enhance battery life.

          • T4rd

            Indeed they are. My point remains though. They are both mobile OS’/platforms. If it’s possible to do, Google should at least attempt to compete with it in this category.

          • j__h

            Screens use lots of power and iPhones have much smaller ones. Also higher resolution uses more power which also is lacking on iPhones. Android should focus on power usage but the iPhone comparison you make is largely unfair.

          • T4rd

            Depends on the type of screen and under what settings/conditions. Higher res doesn’t necessarily mean more power consumption either, esp. with any new SoCs (which it’s hard to compare since Apple uses their custom SoC). I’ve never seen hard numbers for power usage, so it’s virtually impossible to proove either way, but I personally don’t think it’s that unfair of a comparison. I bet if you took a Moto X, turned the brightness to the min and compared screen-on time to a 5S at max brighness, it wouldn’t be a huge difference in screen-on time.

          • j__h

            When comparing battery you normalize settings/conditions. Yes, higher res in fact does use higher power new SOCs can push more pixels given the same power as older but you will see less power with less pixels on any given chip. In the simplest sense it is higher memory bandwidth, no getting around that.

          • T4rd

            We’re not comparing the same SoCs though, so you can’t say for sure that the Snapdragon 800 SoC uses more power to drive a 1080p display than the A7 uses to drive the iPhone’s display. I would actually venture to say that it’s probably about the same given that the S800 is on a newer and smaller fab than the A7. But the SoC isn’t even the biggest battery hog on phones right now anyways, so I don’t think that’s even worth arguing. It seems to me that most power goes to the Display, cell radios (which are usually integrated into the SoC now), and then the OS (for whatever background processes are running). I think Android could benefit greatly just by allowing us to limit what processes are allowed to run in the background under certain circumstances. Without rooting, we have no control over what apps decide to max your CPU out while trying to get a satellite lock and use your cell data randomly while your phone is supposed to be in standby. I think this is the biggest issue with Android.

          • athom07

            As someone who has jumped back and forth between iPhone and Android since the first iPhone, I have never noticed a difference in battery life between iPhone and Android. The only iPhone that I had that had what I consider to be excellent battery life was the 4, and I think my Moto X had better battery life than my 5. A quick Google search put the battery time of the 5 below the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. I don’t have a 5S so I can’t attest to the current model.

          • T4rd

            From what I’ve seen, the 5 and 5C (which is nearly identical to the 5) are pretty much the worst iterations of iPhones in terms of battery life since Android started really competing with it (around the time 4 came out). So that sounds plausible.

      • Ryan

        The Original G Pro had great battery life. The one cool thing I like about LG is the batteries. Its the same technology that is in hybrid cars because LG makes them. I think the Prius family of cars.

      • Ryan

        LG did it with the G Flex and now people are up in arms lol.

        • Adrynalyne

          The quality went downhill though, even for 720p.

          Discolored screens, washed out colors, etc.

          It will get better as P-OLED matures.

          • Cesar

            Also, that price tag.

          • Adrynalyne

            That too.

    • John Legere

      You say you don’t want oversized. Yet you want a 2k screen….

      Good luck finding that.

      • Tom Luley

        I agree, for now, seeing as the 2K displays haven’t even been mass produced yet….but I am sure that was said about 720p and 1080p screens, such as “who needs a 720p/1080p screen on a phone!?” yet when you own one, its great! 2K tech will come to phones around 5 inch within the next year, then when 4K comes out, people will be saying the same thing.

      • Android Spy 007

        See John this is the type of idiots tmobile is going to get from verizon.. they are never happy…

    • BK

      Agreed. I was really torn about getting my Moto X, as I’m a bit of a resolution snob. But I have big hands also and find the size just right. I am also mostly satisfied with the screen quality – even side by side with my Nexus 7 2013 – and I read a lot of text.

      I want an excellent screen on my device, but not if it means mediocre battery life or large bezels/overall size. I don’t really understand the constant creep in screen size either. I suppose everyone has a different opinion on the right balance between portability and screen size. But I think we’re seeing many consumers realize size isn’t everything (incidentally, just as Apple is being rumored to release a larger iPhone…)

      • Cesar

        Hasn’t a larger iPhone been “rumored” for, like, 3 years now?

    • Ryan

      The G PRo was never over priced it was $199 on contract for a month or two then $99 until now. I think its $49…..so not overpriced at all. All LG handset usually are priced low compared to what they have inside.

    • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

      I think you mean <$400 lol. Totally agree though. The Moto X has one of the best form factors of any phone right now.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    What’s with all these rumors of most Q1/2 devices only using Snapdragon 800 instead of the 805… not ready yet??

    • John Legere

      It’s probably the higher clocked SD 800

      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

        @John Legere :disqus
        Not Only are you a BadAss… you’re very knowledgeable! :D

  • Craig

    I had the Optimus G Pro and it was one of the best devices I’ve ever owned. I loved the RGB notification ring on the home button, the screen was gorgeous and it was really compact for a phone with a 5.5″ screen. I’m hoping LG knocks it out of the park again on the G Pro 2.

    • Big_EZ

      Was there much development for it? Was it unlockable?

      • Craig

        I made a few builds of Carbon and Omni for it. It’s officially supported by CM and CyanFox right now. The bootloader isn’t unlockable, but thanks to djrbliss we had a Loki patch that let us flash custom ROMs.

  • Eric R.

    It needs a stylus

  • James Heyneman

    Why the hell would they put a home button on it? Is that picture of something else?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      That’s a picture of the original G Pro. :P

      • James Heyneman

        Gotcha. I couldn’t tell because I can’t see the menu and back buttons.

    • chaoslimits

      Cause Samsung puts home buttons on theirs? JK.

      I’m done with large phones, even if I have to buy mid-tier spec’d phones.

    • Mchl496

      There is a home button because that’s what Samsung does and they are a market leader for android.

  • Eric G Canoy

    let’s play, “will this phone come to Verizon?”

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      My guess, LG will try, but at this point, you just never know with Verizon.

      • Eric G Canoy

        true, but I’ll give points for snarky remarks

    • wickets

      If it does, I’m retiring the note3!

    • CoreRooted

      They were able to with the G2 which surprised the hell out of me. lol

  • Guy Pierce

    Hope it does not have that crappy home button on it.
    EDIT: Also sucks considering I just bought my G2.
    EDIT 2: I’m glad I’m on the jump program as I’m seeing just how powerful that program can be!