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LG’s G Pro 2 Has Optical Image Stabilization “Plus”… and Stuff

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One-upsmanship is one word for a wonderfully vague press release highlighting two features of the upcoming G Pro 2. Another is desperation, but I’ll leave it to you to decide which.

In a press release not-so-subtly timed to draw attention away from Samsung’s announcement of a February press conference, LG focused on the unique camera features of the company’s upcoming phablet, the G Pro 2. One, dubbed “OIS plus,” is an enhanced version of the optical image stabilization found in the G2. LG said this new solution improves upon the original by pairing better hardware with software that eliminates tremors, resulting in a smoother image. The new setup also enhances low-light performance, the company said. 

Spec-wise, the LG said the camera will be capable of shooting 1.4 speed slow motion video in HD, and continuous shooting (burst mode) at ultra-HD (3840×2160) resolution. For selfies, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with “improved performance” is also present.

I’ll withhold judgment, but from what I’ve seen of the LG G 2 Pro, it just looks like a bigger G2. I suppose that’s the point, but I wonder if the new device’s features will sufficiently differentiate it from its smartphone sibling. (Its looks certainly won’t.)

The G Pro 2 will launch sometime later this month.

Via:  LG Korea
  • ComputerBlu3
    • Chris

      Someone gets it.

      When i saw the title I thought of rick…

  • dannyWHITE

    Liking that LG is improving on one of the best features of the G2. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Chris

    Still don’t get the whole button on the back deal. Seems silly.

    • John Legere

      Small bezels. Slimmer phone.

      • Tyler

        Um moto x has small bezels and side buttons and is only 5.6mm thick on the sides.

        • John Legere

          Nothing like the G2. It also has a smaller screen than the G2.

          • Tyler

            Which is why the bezels are going to be slightly bigger on the top and bottom due to the lack of space for components. But top and bottom don’t effect buttons on the back, side bezels are just as small on the moto x. But how does screen size relate to buttons on the back?

    • ams165

      If you can’t figure it out your an idiot……….

      • Tim242

        It’s atrocious. Customers hate it. We can’t give G2′s away in my store

        • Eric Cappa

          Must be some really low end / closed minded users coming into your store. LG has to do a better job of marketing is what that tells me.

          • Tim242

            They def need better marketing. I buy 3 phones per year full price. I am far from low end or close-minded. I can’t stand buttons on the back. It’s a terrible idea. Customers feel the same way. It’s awkward.

          • Droid 1967

            you are closed minded if samsung did it it would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. You days are over we all know what you are a samsung fan boy and nothing not samsung is good. And the reason people dont buy the g2 from you is your pushing them at samsung devices, it is obvious from your posts that you have no open mindedness to anything not samsung and you are unable to not display that at work. Period!

          • Tim242

            No. If Samsung put buttons on the back, I would not buy it. I am actually considering an iPhone. I am growing tired of Android and its users.

            I do not push customers to Samsung phones. They come in wanting iPhone or Galaxy. LG reps visit our store and offer extra money to us to sell LG phones. They do contests. Don’t try to sit back and tell me how I do my job.

          • TylerChappell

            Are you sure you wouldn’t be buying that iPhone just to have a better Grindr app? :P

          • Tim242

            Haha That would definitely be a plus! That app has been a mess since day one.

          • TylerChappell

            Gurl, I think you switching over to an iPhone would be the real mess, fer realz, Felicia.

          • Tim242

            I just bought a 5S for 708. We’ll see how it goes.

          • Tim242

            OK. I made it through the evening with the iPhone. It didn’t take long for me to say, “Hello again Galaxy.” Haha.

          • Droid 1967

            I didn’t sit back i jumped up and told you. every one here sees your posts we know how you act and that translates toward your customers weather intentional or not.

        • ams165

          Im sure the kiddies at Toys R Us are screaming for their I Phones.

    • Eric Cappa

      That’s the best feature of the phone!!!!!!!!! The phone is pretty much BUTTONLESS!!!!!!! I hope one day, there’s just one button, a power on and off button for hard resets.

  • Chris

    Stuff…. and things….

  • tyguy829

    What does Tim call this stuff again? Camera mumbo jumbo or something right?

  • Tim242

    You can count on LG to continue to poison you with their lead cords as well. Heed the warning in your user manual. Wash hands thoroughly after each use

    • Silver Veloz

      Yikes! I’ve heard that before.

    • Droid 1967

      again????????? licking my cord again tastes great. Funny you call anyone that displays unhappiness regarding samsung and anything they do a troll but you come to every LG thread with the same bullcrap. You are a sad fanboy. Really is sad.

  • Cael

    Like the Galaxy Note 3 is miles away different from the S4 just because it has a pen and a faux leather back. Whatevs. Some people might want a bigger G2 with OIS+ … and stuff. No different than Samsung’s tired variants. Go bash Samsung for making a Galaxy Note 3 Neo which price wise is only like $50 cheaper. UNNECCESARY.

  • DJ

    The skin on the pro looks different then the G2. But there has been little about the hardware specs no? Screen resolution, Processor?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Can it take a picture of kitkat and send it to the G2′s?

  • Jarred Sutherland

    No interest unless these get the GPE treatment. I have no desire for any skinned garbage.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      The skin on the G2 isn’t half bad…

      • Jarred Sutherland

        But it’s half bad more than I want. :) My N5 is on its way, I just hope the Nexus line stays alive or we get better choices/pricing on GPE.

    • Chris

      Root or buy an nexus

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Well rooting is great if the ROM isn’t bug ridden. Nexus devices are fantastic (one on the way) as long as Google keeps them around.

  • LiterofCola

    You lost me at “LG”

    • Ryan

      And that is because????

      • Tim242

        Poisonous lead cords.

        • John Legere

          You’re more likely to be killed by vending machine than a lead cord.

          • Tim242

            It’s not just about dying. You should read up on lead poisoning. There’s a warning to wash hands after each use, for a reason.

          • Droid 1967

            Yeah because california thinks everything causes cancer.

            https://www.google.com/search?q=items+called+to+cause+cancer+by+california&oq=items+called+to+cause+cancer+by+california&aqs=chrome..69i57.11065j0j1&client=ubuntu-browser&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

            go do some reading than dont use anything that california states a risk of cancer for.. good luck living 1 day without doing so.

          • Tim242

            California didn’t ban lead based paints, nor did they ban lead toys from China. That would be the US government. If you don’t know what lead poisoning is, you need to get educated.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I read somewhere else that this is a software update and not necessarily dependent on hardware. Is this the case, and if so, what do y’all think the chances are we’ll see it on the G2?

  • stabone

    What’s the difference between the G Pro series and the G series from them?

    • John Legere

      G Pro is their phablet series

  • Philip J. Fry

    Nice. Been impressed with lg here recently.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      I’d be more impressed if their announcement was KK being ready for the G2…

      • Ryan

        It has no changes for UI. You wont be able to tell the difference. IDK why people are stuck on KK.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Transparent nav bars and notification bars, plus Google wallet.

          • Thomas O’Brien

            And who wouldn’t want the latest and greatest?

          • John Legere

            Why dwell on new OS? Enjoy what you have. If it was 4.5 or 5.0, that’s a different story.

          • Jordan

            Why would 4.4-4.5 be more significant than Jelly Bean -> KitKat?

          • John Legere

            Who knows how Google works. But you answered your own question. If it’s not significant, why does it matter? I don’t see a big need to jump from 4.2.2 to 4.4.2 so quickly.

          • CoreRooted

            Actually, there are large differences between 4.2.2 and 4.4.2. TRIM support, WiFi scanning with the radio in a subduded state, Plus Google Wallet tap-to-pay.

          • chocolate8175

            Download kit Kat launcher from the play store, done

          • CoreRooted

            Doesn’t solve the Google Wallet tap-to-pay though (which I use a lot).

      • LG Updates Don’t Exist

        You are lucky to ever get an OS update on an LG phone. I have never seen an LG phone get an update to the os, even HTC updates their phone once, and LG is worse than HTC on updates, and that’s really saying something.

    • j

      Seriously considering the G2 successor as a GNex replacement. The current G2 is probably my favorite piece of mobile hardware in history, even with the honky buttons.

  • mcdonsco

    LG is now one of those mobile companies I’m not 100% sold on. My only experience is my current G2 and I absolutely love it EXCEPT for one major and severely irritating bug I haven’t been able to fix.

    The damn thing refuses to sync all of my exchange server contacts (just the contacts in my mailbox, not the directory). 500 contacts total and seems like its synced around 250 of them.

    Seems it must be a software glitch but LG has been no help in resolving it.

    If I could get that fixed this phone would be just about perfect.

    • Dan Lopez

      I bought TouchDown a few years ago. No problem syncing all exchange server contacts.

      • mcdonsco

        I tried that a gmfew years back, can’t remember why I didn’t like it but seems maybe its time to try it again. Thanks.

        • Dan Lopez

          No problem. Good luck!

          • mcdonsco

            Downloaded it again and I still don’t like it (remember why now, it’s the “all in one app” arrangement, I like having separate contacts, email, calendar etc apps).

            Also, it doesn’t seem to want to download/show my current emails; at all…BUT I have discovered that it does download all my contacts just fine and once I add touchdown to the contacts to display in the contacts app that they show up now (under “account = touchdown”, but it works).

            So, may end up having to pay $20 for that app just to have all my contacts working on this phone and ignore / not use the app for anything else but that.

    • Ryan

      On my G2 not all my exchange contacts synced. But when I had a mass email when i clicked the arrow down to see the recipients it synced and downloaded all my contacts from there. You can also do a server search. This is on my VZW G2. LMK if that works for you.

      • mcdonsco

        Server search didn’t pull them up either…not sure about the mass email thing…?

        Also a vzw g2 here.

    • duke69111

      Just curious, but go to menu, contacts to display and see if all of the categories are check. They may not be setup to display.

      I have mine syncing to my phone, but setup to not show in my list. However, if I start typing their name or email address in an email it pops up as an option to select from a drop down menu.

      • mcdonsco

        Checked that…It’s set to all…I also set it to Exchange only to see if that worked (as I have no contacts anywhere else but exchange) and that didn’t work either.

        I’ve also factory reset the phone…still no go.

        I would be tempted to think root may have messed something up (as well as flashing a new rom (without unlocked bootloader) to add the bluetooth SPP profile (which worked!), BUT, it was doing this before I discovered the root method for the phone.

        • duke69111

          Are you using the Stock LG G2 email client or one from a rom? I installed the stock android 4.4 email app and the 4.4 exchange services apk that came out when 4.4 on the nexus 5 was released and it works great. Since you have root that might be an option.

          Email App: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/10/31/download-new-google-apps-from-the-nexus-5-dump-search-launcher-and-more/

          Exchange Services: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/14825752/Exchange2Google.apk

          I had to do this as the stock lg g2 email client would not sync html emails from hotmail. The stock email app is nice, its just doesnt work 100%

          • mcdonsco

            Mostly stock…The bootloader is still locked (I’ve never unlocked a bootloader before and I’m a bit nervous about doing it) but before I realized I needed the bootloader unlocked I tried to flash a cyanogen rom to it…obviously with the bootloader still locked it didn’t take, but it seems it added functionality that the original factory rom lacked (like the bluetooth spp profile; which was AWESOME for me as I was really disappointed in the device when I realized LG left it out). Yes, I’m a rom noob that didn’t know the bootloader had to be unlocked to flash a new rom on it.

            I would LOVE to have just AOSP stock 4.4 (or 4.4.2) on it, but I haven’t come across an easy to follow and proven to work without ANY potential problems method of unlocking the bootloader then proceeding to flash a new rom…And right now, I just can’t risk having a $450 brick.

            Plus, with a completely stock AOSP build on it, I’m sure I would lose “knock on” which due to the rear buttons on this phone I use just about exclusively to wake it up.

          • duke69111

            Unfortunately the bootloader has not been cracked yet, so it can’t be unlocked. Right know we have Loki, which bypasses the bootloader to install a custom recovery.

          • mcdonsco

            Yes, see…I’m clueless on that one

  • Bigwavedave25

    **waiting and willing to test out any camera software port from this to the G2**
    Loving what I have, but if it’s better… :)

    • Thomas O’Brien

      Same here!

  • teevirus

    Is the spec war over? Perhaps now its just a cold war.

    • Adrynalyne

      That won’t happen until nuclear batteries :p

      • Cael

        Batteries that charge themselves. Who will be first?!
        Samsung or LG?

  • Jim890

    I hope the galaxy S5 and LG G pro 2 comes out in the second Quarter. Love to compare them.

    • John Legere

      Two different phones. Ones a non phablet, and ones a phablet.

      • Jim890

        I’m guessing the LG G pro 2 will be the phablet one, because the S5 will be between 5″ to 5.2″. I have the galaxy note 3 (I’m sure you know that already) and it’s a monster but I love it, but it’s just too big I can’t seem to get use to the size.

        • TJWaterskier

          All depends on the size of the S5. I’d personally consider 5″ a large phone and 5.2″ a small phablet.
          E.g. DNA feels like a large phone. LG G2 feels like a phablet to me. (Even though their footprints are nearly identical)
          Note: I have pretty large hands and prefer small phones.
          I hope the S5 is 5″ or smaller. If you want bigger get the Note 3.

          • Jim890

            I’m sure they aren’t going to make it any bigger than the S4 but if they do it won’t be that much bigger that’s why they have the note series. I also have big hands and prefer smaller phone in the 5″ to 5.2″ range anything bigger than that is beyond my choice (except the phone I have now soon will be getting rid of it). You know how everyone says you will get use to the size, just give it time, well that’s not the case with everyone.

        • John Legere

          Yeah. G Pro 2 is rumored at 6in. The G3 will probably be around 5.3-5.4 with slim bezels so it will be a lot smaller than other phones in its class.

      • Tim242

        You say that. BUT…the OG Gnote had a 5.3″ display. The display size on the S5 is 5.25″.

  • Nikuliai

    seems like this is the year of pixels… meh

    • Blue Sun

      Which in turn, will probably make this the year of the battery drain. I’m wondering if the devices released this year will be reminiscent of battery drain on the Galaxy Nexus (LTE) running ICS 4.0.

      • Adrynalyne

        Those were dark days.

      • Thomas O’Brien

        Nothing like carrying around a bag of batteries to get you through the day…

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Pshhh that battery drain was nothing compared to the BlunderBolt!

        • Blue Sun

          I bought the extended battery the store when I purchased my Tbolt. Luckily I never knowingly experienced that with the Blunderbolt. I just had to deal with carrying the HTC brick sized phone in my pocket.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I bought the battery too .. the hump .. oh my the hump.

      • Nikuliai

        that’s the reason of the “meh”, more than 1080p means that they’re gonna keep going for the 40 cores with 5.2+” display with a freaking 3k battery, the spec war should stop at the minute keep going forward is stupid, they are pushing more cores than needed and pseudo phablet phones without the battery tech to back it up, I know they kind of have to cuz they need people to buy their phones, but for a lot of us they would motivate us further by offering something distinctive like Motorola -Rest In Peace- did, sadly the masses will always be happy with the phone that has “X cores more than the other”, even if it’s not noticeable in anything but battery drain…

        but again, they’ll sell like crazy and only the geek-ish people will be kind of disappointed

  • Tony Byatt
    • Blue Sun

      You like that “stuff” Begbie?

  • JBartcaps

    So whenever Samsung has an announcement, you can almost guarantee LG will be right behind with some sort of news offering. I like this very much. More news for me

    • Kyle Wiggers

      That’s one way to look at it. :)

    • TSY87

      I think my next phone will be an LG if they make a larger note 3/4 competitor. I like the size of my note3 screen, but all the gimmicks and touchwiz REALLY kills the experience. Okay, well the s-pen does have some useable features, but overall, samsung throws in waaaaay too many gimmicks that are half baked.

  • Logan Jinks

    Really don’t care until I can see some samples. My bet is Samsung may have one of better cameras this year anyway, unless HTC can pull it off with the M8

    • Cael

      HTC couldn’t even back up the talk they did last year with their amazing Ultrapixels. IF they go with Ultrapixels again, it’ll be the same thing.

      • Matthew Merrick

        Hopefully they’ll have MORE ultrapixels. I’m hearing rumors of 6MP, that would be the absolute minimum so photos aren’t a pixilated mess.

  • John Legere

    Sweet. The G2 pretty much has the best camera right now, and good to see they will keep it up.