The Optimus G Pro is the largest smartphone ever developed by LG, and with is 5.5-inch screen and high-end hardware the device is meant to compete with more popular rivals like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, though it doesn’t seem to be very appealing to many people. The main reason could be its huge screen, which yes, is as large as the display of the Galaxy Note 2, but the difference is that LG’s product doesn’t have a stylus that comes along with it and handling such a big device with only one hand is a very hard task even for those with big hands.
The latest smartphones coming from LG have not been among the best, some of them being just dull, like the L line. However, the Optimus G Pro includes technical specifications that can be found on all the major players, so there is no difference here. Still, the device has been announced for quite a while and we don’t know when it’s going to be launched yet, at least in the Western countries.
In Asia, on the other hand, things look different for LG and its Optimus G Pro. The handset is one of the most sold in South Korea, and as of today it’s available for purchase in Japan, as well.
First of all, if you didn’t already know, the LG Optimus G Pro comes in two variants. Apart from the 5.5-incher, there is also a model with a 5-inch display. While, the South Koreans have received the standard 5.5-inch version, the Japanese are getting the smaller one, which seems to be created especially for the Japanese market, as we expect that the western countries will get the one with the 5.5-inch display.
So, the LG Optimus G Pro is now available in Japan at the local leading wireless mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. Let’s get things straight, the size of the display is the only difference between the two models, thus the smaller phone comes with all the hardware and features included on its bigger brother. The device has a full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz. It also includes 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera located in the back, and a 2.1 MP front-facing shooter.
In terms of design, the LG Optimus G Pro looks similar ti the Galaxy Note 2 and even though it has a very large screen, the potential customers won’t have to worry about its battery being drained to fast, as the devices comes with a massive 3,000 battery meant to last a whole day even in hardcore mode. And yeah, the battery can be removed and replaced with a spare one.
Even though the LG Optimus G Pro has a 32 GB internal storage space, there is also room for more as it features a microSD card slot.
As I said, it’s not clear when the device will be launched in the Western markets. Sprint announced that the new flagship will replace the original Optimus G on its lists, but the carrier mentioned only Q2 2013 as a release date, the phone might as well be launched at the end of June as far as we can tell.
When we’ll have more detailed news about the Optimus G Pro’s worldwide release we’ll tell you.