LG Asks Us to Save the Date for a May 1 “Share the Genius” Press Event

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LG dropped a save-the-date note into our inbox this afternoon, asking us to clear our calendars for a May 1 press event in New York City. The press invite mentions little, only providing two quotes of “Share the genius” and “Capture the spotlight in true brilliance.” While neither mean a thing to me, one would expect this event to feature their new Optimus G Pro, since no other phone from them is on our radar at this time.  (more…)

LG Optimus G Pro “Value Pack” Upgrade Shown on Video – Dual Camera and Smart Pause Included

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LG is attempting to take Samsung’s 2010-2011 approach to success in the smartphone business – copy everything your biggest competitor does, but try to do it first and loudest if you can. If you remember back on the eve of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 unveiling, LG announced new eye-recognition tech that would be released as a software value pack for smartphones like the Optimus G Pro. For weeks leading up to Samsung’s announcement, all rumors focused on Samsung putting identical features into the Galaxy S4, so to see LG drop a press note about the same exact tech was worthy of an eye-roll or two. But hey, what can you do when you are down?  (more…)

LG Optimus G Pro Headed to AT&T, Possibly Penciled in for May Release

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Curious about LG’s next flagship and when we can expect it to arrive on our shores? According to those close to the matter, the Optimus G Pro is set to make its way to the U.S. via AT&T, with a rumored launch date of some time in May, but we are also hearing June. The Optimus G Pro launched in Japan with a 5″ HD display, but apparently the American variant is set to come with a 5.5″ display instead, just like last year’s Galaxy Note 2.  (more…)

LG Announces New Eye Recognition Tech That Starts and Stops Video Playback Before Samsung Can

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When Samsung takes the stage tomorrow to announce the Galaxy S4, we are expecting them to announce at least one new eye recognition feature for TouchWiz (I don’t care what Bloomberg says). Thanks to leaked builds of their custom skin for both the Galaxy S3 and S4, an eye scrolling feature for browsers and emails could arrive, but we should also see one that will recognize your eyes as you watch a video. If you were take your eyes away from your screen as a clip is playing, your phone will recognize the change and stop playback. As you return your focus from wherever it was, the clip should then kick back on.

Sounds fun, right? Well, in an attempt to steal some of Samsung’s fire, LG has gone ahead and announced the exact same start/stop eye recognition feature for their very own Optimus G Pro(more…)

This LG Optimus G Pro Commercial Looks Eerily Familiar, Shows Off Panorama VR Feature

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Showing off some of the sweet camera software in their new Optimus G Pro smartphone, LG posted up this video to their official YouTube account. It gives us a look at the Panorama VR software, most likely based off of Google’s Photo Sphere, and the G Pro’s ability to take some good looking panorama shots. Only there is just one small thing…  (more…)

LG Optimus G Pro Finally Fully Detailed – 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor, 2GB RAM, and 1080p 5.5-inch Display

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LG finally fully unveiled the Optimus G Pro yesterday. The device will be on display at Mobile World Congress next week before it makes its way to the U.S. in Q2 of this year. The official specs, which we mostly knew, are now confirmed as a 5.5″ FHD (1080p) display (400ppi), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable SD slot to 32GB), 13MP rear camera  2.1MP front camera, 3140mAh battery, is only 9.4mm thick, runs Android 4.1.2, and is powered by the brand new Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz.

Beyond specs, the Optimus G Pro will feature “advanced UX features” that were developed specifically for this device. Two of them are Dual Recording mode and Virtual Reality Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time in a picture-in-picture experience. VR Panorama sounds a lot like Google’s Photo Sphere, in that you can pan horizontally and vertically to grab full 360-degree shots.

The device sounds incredibly impressive on paper, especially with the new Snapdragon processor and 1080p 5.5″ display. We don’t know pricing or carrier partners at this time.  (more…)