LG Electronics, building on its recent run of success in the smartphone market, is set to make its next major move with the release of the LG Optimus G Pro in South Korea this week. The device will hit store shelves in Japan in April, eventually making its way to Western markets presumably within the year.
Related to the popular LG Optimus G that was released in the U.S. in the last quarter of 2012, the Optimus G Pro boasts two features that set it apart from its predecessor: a large 5.5-inch display, the Optimus G's is 4.7 inches, and a full 1080p high definition resolution, as opposed to the Optimus G's still respectable 1280 x 768 resolution. In fact, the latter spec is the Optimus G Pro's most exciting one, as it allows it to stand apart from other devices in the 'phablet' category such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which sports 720p resolution.
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The Optimus G Pro will also sport the latest quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD, LTE connectivity and a removable 3,140 mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities. In terms of cameras, the device features a 13 megapixel shooter in the rear and a two megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Optimus G Pro will ship with Android 4.1.2 and the latest version of LG's custom UX.
While LG still has a long way to go before it can beat rival South Korean manufacturer Samsung in the smartphone market, the company has managed to establish itself as the number three mobile phone maker according to IDC. In fact, the company's Optimus L Series device sold once every second globally over the past two months to reach sales of over 15 million units.
Edited by Brooke Neuman