While the company is yet to release the Optimus G Pron in the United States, with the launch event to take place in New York City, LG has been developing another variant of the Optimus G named Optimus GK. The handset has the same hardware is the Optimus G Pro, but is has a display of only 5 inches. the device will be released in South Korea.
So, the LG Optimus GK comes with a 5-inch full HD display, which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It includes a 13 MP camera, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, sports 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, which can be further extended using a microSD card up to 64 GB. As I said, the specs of the Optimus GK are identical to the Optimus G Pro, apart from the size of the display, and from the amount of internal storage. Oh, and yes, it will be running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
In terms of connectivity, the smartphone will have support for 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Even though, the GK has a battery that’s a little smaller than the G Pro, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to charge it more often. On the contrary the 3,100 mAh battery of the Optimus GK will actually last longer because the smartphone has a smaller screen.
The release of a smaller version of the Optimus G Pro, which has the pixel density and the display resolution resembling to the Samsung Galaxy S4, makes LG’s plan pretty obvious. The new device is meant to compete with Samsung’s flagship in South Korea. The Optimus GK will also comes with some of the features launched along with the Optimus G pro such as Smart Video ( a feature able to observe the user’s eyes and play or stop the video when the viewer looks the other way), Dual Camera (a features that enables both cameras to function simultaneously making it possible to take photos of both subject and shooter), and the Pause and Resume Recording (a feature that enables the owner of the device ti pause and restart recording video in the same clip without the need to create multiple video files).
Anyway, the LG Optimus GK will be sold as of May and will be available at South Korean carrier KT. As for an international launch, the company did not make any comments, though I don’t really see the point in releasing to similar smartphones in the same country. Maybe the LG Optimus GK would be more appealing than the Optimus G Pro to the customers who that the G Pro is just to big.