5.9″ LG G Pro 2 announced with high-end features
It’s February 13, and the LG G Pro 2 was indeed unveiled on this day. So that invite that LG sent out last week was for the G Pro 2 after all. It’s interesting to see the Korean company do this just 11 days before MWC starts, but maybe it wanted the spotlight all to itself until then (and understandably so, since Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona on February 24).
The G Pro 2 is the successor to the Optimus G Pro from last year, and it comes with a bigger screen and better specs all-round. It’s not a revolution, though, more like a logical evolution of LG’s first phablet into something that adopts the design language that debuted with the G2 last fall.
As such, the G Pro 2 comes with the buttons on its back, like the G2 before it – controversial or not, this is one feature that LG clearly intends to keep. The phablet has one of the biggest screen to body ratios in the industry (if not the biggest), which helps mitigate its screen’s giant size somewhat. That said, it’s still bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in everything but the thickness.
The G Pro 2 has a 5.9-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, LED flash, and 4K video recording, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, a very loud 1W speaker, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 157.9×81.9×8.3 mm, and it weighs 172 grams.
It will be offered in three colors, all of which you can see in the image above. They’re called titan, white, and silver. The announcement only covers the country’s native South Korea for now, which is where it will launch first by the end of February. Obviously the G Pro 2 will get a more global release after that, starting with other parts of Asia in March. Then Europe and the US should get it, but “after March”, according to Cho Sung Ha, the company’s head of Korea sales, who was quoted by ZDNet Korea. So we’re guessing you shouldn’t be expecting to purchase one of these in the US before early April.
The reason for the staged rollout is that apparently the most demand for such phablets exists in Asia, followed (but not closely) by the US and Europe.