LG Optimus G Pro with Snapdragon 600 CPU officially announced for Korea, goes to North America in Q2
After a few days of teasing us by releasing specs one by one, LG showed us the first official image of the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro last week. And today the company has finally decided to make its newest smartphone official. The Optimus G Pro just got announced for South Korea, where it should become available next week for 968,000 won – about $898 or €671. Alongside the announcement came a full spec list, and that has revealed a very interesting tidbit.
The LG Optimus G Pro will be the first handset to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor that was unveiled back at CES last month. Inside this device will be a quad-core unit clocked at 1.7 GHz. Because it’s the successor to the already extremely well performing Snapdragon S4 Pro, this chipset choice will probably make the G Pro the most powerful smartphone in existence when it hits Korean shores, at least in terms of benchmarks. Real-life usage stats remain to be seen.
In case you’ve been wondering whether the G Pro would arrive in the US at some point, wonder no more. Your prayers have been answered, the company has promised a release in North America sometime during the second quarter of this year (so in April, May, or June). That’s still vague, but at least now we know that it will indeed head over to the US. No details about which carriers may pick it up have been made available just yet, but that information is sure to get leaked in the near future so stay tuned for that.
Interestingly, this Optimus G Pro will also land in Japan in Q2. That’s going to put LG in a pretty strange situation over there, since DoCoMo (Japan’s biggest carrier) has already announced a five-inch device bearing the same name. So in a few weeks (or months), LG may have two different Optimus G Pros on sale in Japan. Then again, maybe it will just rebrand one of them – we’ll have to wait and see.
Now for the specs. The Korea-bound Optimus G Pro comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, all the usual connectivity options, and a 3,140 mAh removable battery with wireless charging support. Its dimensions are 150.2×76.1×9.4 mm, it weighs 172 grams, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
LG will showcase the Optimus G Pro at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.