LG’s 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro hits South Korea

18 Feb 2013

LG’s new Optimus G Pro smartphone has launched in the manufacturer’s home country today sporting a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display – making it LG’s first full-HD smartphone.

The Optimus G Pro also features the largest display of any LG smartphone, placing it in the ‘phablet’ category along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. The device features a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 400ppi and is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

The 4G-capable smartphone comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage and also features a 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera, for which LG has supplied some innovative technology. Dual recording allows users to capture video with both cameras simultaneously while virtual reality panorama takes shots of entire horizontal and vertical environments for a full 360-degree view.

The new phablet also packs a 3,140mAh battery, which LG claims is the largest in its class and we can’t find a device that counters this.

The Optimus G Pro will be on show at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, and maybe then we will obtain further information on the device, such as European release dates and pricing.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.