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LG Optimus G Pro to launch "next week" in Korea

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With the LG Optimus G Pro already scheduled to head to South Korea, LG has announced on Monday that the device will be available in South Korea "next week," giving smartphone buyers in the country a home-court advantage over the rest of the world. The specs are now confirmed. The device will be equipped with a 5.5 inch FHD display which works out to a pixel density of 401ppi. That might be less than the 441ppi seen on the screen of 5 inch models with a 1080 x 1920 resolution like the HTC DROID DNA, the Huawei Ascend D2, Sony Xperia Z and the ZTE Grand S to name a few, but still beats out other high-res screens like the one on the BlackBerry Z10 (356ppi) and the Apple iPhone 5 (326ppi).

The LG Optimus G Pro will launch in South Korea next week

The LG Optimus G Pro will launch in South Korea next week

Under the hood of the LG Optimus G Pro will be a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM on board. The 32GB of native storage on the phone can be expanded with the 32GB capacity microSD slot. A 3140mAh removable battery should keep the lights on for a long time, and when it comes time to recharge the cell, the phone supports wireless recharging. The cameras on the device weigh in at 13MP and 2MP for the rear and front-facing shooters respectively. LTE connectivity is supported on the LG Optimus G Pro, which will come with Android 4.1.2 out of the box.

As you can see from the pictures, LG sliced the width of the bezel to give the display an edge-to-edge appearance. QSlide has been improved, still allowing you to turn one app transparent so that you can use another at the same time. Using curved glass on the display gives it what LG calls a "2.5D" effect and high-quality photos can be taken even with a moving subject. The phone has been priced at 968,000 Korean Won which works out to about $897 U.S. Dollars.

Based on the release, it looks like a North American launch of the LG Optimus G would take place sometime in the second quarter.

source: LG (translated) via AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Feb 2013, 22:43 4

1. rallyguy (Posts: 553; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I'm interested, especially with a removable battery.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 03:12 1

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2132; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Spec-wise it's spec-tacular, it's a however a complete knock-off of the Note II but lacking the sylus and AirView function. Also, the photo render with the no bezel design is a bit of a bull, the screen actually has quite noticable black bars around it.

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/77206-image/LG-Optimus-G-Pro-phone.jpg

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 14:22

21. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


horrible stuff

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 22:55

2. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


how does lg continue to get the latest hardware before what seems the other manufacturers.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:17

4. apple.comm (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


they paid more money DUHH? it's like apple able to get the best stuff in the business. Apple has always been a game changer through innovations and buying the best there is unlike crapdroid using last gen tech... cough... cough the gs3 using old a9 and mali 400 that the s2 did cough.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:58 6

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


looks like someone is butthurt today ...cough ..cough same design since 2007 cough...cough ..same ui since 2007 ..cough cough ...samsung cpu's ...cough

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 00:28 5

12. homersimpsons (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Apple did:

1) Come up with their own "unique" Maps App which has garnered International reactions

2) Introduced a new feature in their OS 6.1 upgrade which allows you to view photos/contacts even if your locked out

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 01:41 3

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4065; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Exynos 4210 in the Galaxy S2 used 45nm technology, while the 4412 uses 32nm HKMG, which is NOT the same, and the ARM A9 Exynos 4412 still outperforms the Apple A6 Swift in Geekbench. Also, the Mali 400 in the Galaxy S3 was clocked much higher than the Mali found in the Galaxy S2, which gave it more than enough GPU power.

Who needs new generation power when we don't have software to utilize it? That goes especially for Apple, whose iOS hasn't changed much since 2007 and barely even needs a dual core processor running at 800 MHz and a dual core variant of Imagination Technologies' current 4th place consumer available graphics to run smoothly.

Meanwhile, Android has been renovated and flipped multiple times in its existence, and actually uses the CPU power that it's given. Also, Android doesn't even need much more CPU power than the Exynos 4412, it just needs more GPU power to push all the pixels on the new high res displays, especially with the new line of tablets coming out. Android is running on phones with true HD displays, and WQXGA tablets. The only iDevices that actually uses the GPU power it has are the 3rd and 4th gen iPad's.

The only thing that Apple gets that is the best is their GPUs, and only one line of products from them actually uses it.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:15

3. apple.comm (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


BWAHAHAHA if the s4 comes out with this pos soc than you can be sure that the next iphone will kill it. I mean that adreno 320 is just a little better than the mali 400 in the s3 and almost the same as the gpu on the iphone 5...

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:30 3

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


its called the Snapdragon 600 ..its a new class of processors using a improved design over the s4 ....this will be a rocketship for some time ....say bye bye to the mali 400 and SGX gpu in the iphone 5

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:38

8. apple.comm (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


lmao--- r u just...? nervermind. the adreno 320 will never be better than the gpu that going to be on the new iphone. No phone out this years, next, or ever will have a gpu as good as the one on the iphone.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:52 2

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


well who knows ...adreno might not ..but Samsung is planning on using the same SGX GPU ...

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:53 2

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6654/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-powered-by-powervr-sgx-544mp3-not-arms-mali

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 01:59 2

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4065; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Adreno 320 and Mali-T604 are already better than the SGX543MP3 in the iPhone 5.

The next iPhone is probably going to use a tri-core variant of the SGX544 (which is what the Exynos Octa is rumored to use) or 554, the latter of which will put it around the same performance level of the current iPad if they increase the clock speed. And if that's the case, then the Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 should pretty much be on par, if not better, than the next iPhone in terms of GPU if Nvidia's claims of outperforming the A6X chip and Qualcomm's claims of superiority to Tegra are right.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 02:27 3

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4065; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Dude, are you just spewing out random nonsense? Have you seen the raw performance tests of these GPUs with Egypt HD Offscreen? I'll give you the numbers;

Adreno 320 (Nexus 4): 30.5 FPS

SGX543MP3 (iPhone 5): 27 FPS

Mali-400 (Galaxy S3): 13 FPS

The Adreno 320 gets more than double the Mali-400, much more than your "just a little better" statement. The Adreno 320 also scores about 10% more than the SGX543MP3, which you appear to claim is the best smartphone GPU on the market right now, obviously on false information.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:26 6

5. hide0us (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


LG has always been top of the chain right from the Tegra 2 days, when it comes to hardware. Its their software thats the dealbreaker. They are too lazy to push the latest android versions into their phones.

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 23:32 3

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


LG is improving ..but they might have skipped the 4.2 update because there is some error with the code google the Nexus 4 overheating issue and nexus 7 lag afer the update

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 00:40

13. PhilTech (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)


$897...WTF!!!

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 00:55 1

14. btbotimtim (Posts: 147; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Don't get surprised. When GNote2 launched in Korea, it was a couple of dollars more than that.
Also, LG states they will launch internationally in Q2.
If this phone attracts many devs, I will buy it regardless of LG's lame software update..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 03:12

19. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Time for Lg to fall back Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owns this space. Especially with the Galaxy Note 3 coming later this year. This Lg Optimus G pro is nothing more than a large phone nothing like the Galaxy Note 2.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 03:22

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4065; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


We'd have to see what software improvements LG will bring with the new version of Optimus UI, if they release one with it. So far, the hardware is all there and is a fair improvement over that of the Note II, it's just the software that's iffy.

But, it doesn't stand a chance against the Note III. It would have a fighting chance if it had the Snapdragon 800, but that's not coming out until June at the least.

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