The major mobile companies will launch their new flagship smartphones. Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Sony are expected to unveil the Galaxy S4, the M7 and the Xperia Z, respectively. But these guys are somehow anticipated to occupy the first positions when it comes to sales. On the other hand, smaller players are trying to make room for themselves on the market. LG is one of the.
2012 was a comeback for LG, with the launch of some heavy handsets such as the Optimus 4X HD and ending with two other solid ones released in the second half of the year, the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G. However, the mobile business is pretty harsh, so the company have to keep it up, just like the competition. So, LG has to come up with something really great in order to fight the HTC M7 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
It looks like the Optimus G has been revamped and it’s going to be revealed at the end of the month at the Mobile World Congress under the name of Optimus G Pro. The company has already showed off a version of the handset in Japan. However, the international version will be a little different as it will come with a larger 5.5-inch Full HD display.
The technical specifications are included in a Phone Arena report. Many of the specs can be found on other high-end devices too, while others are more than impressive. The LG Optimus G Pro will sport a 5.5-inch AH-IPS display with a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080, the processor will be a Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. @ 1.7 GHz, while the RAM will have an amount of 2GB. The internal storage is similar to a tablet, being 32G, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot that can support up to 64GB.
The Optimus G Pro will feature 2 cameras: a 13 megapixel one in the back and a 2MP one in the front. The battery will be large too, being a 3140mAh one. In terms of connectivity, the phone will have LTE support, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth 4. Also, it will come running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.
With the size of the display in mind, the LG Optimus G Pro can easily compete with the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Plus, this is a much better looking device than the rather awkward-looking Optimus Vu. Its only drawback is the fact that it doesn’t come with a stylus to fight off the digitized features of the Galaxy Note 2. Another plus for Samsung’s phablet consist of the smart applications developed by the manufacturer itself.
However, the Optimus G Pro is probably meant for the battle against the Galaxy S4 and the HTC M7. And it actually has a good fighting chance if we think about the rumored specs of all three handsets, which are not so different. Nevertheless, both competitors will come with some aces under the sleeve, such as the camera of the M7, or the application suite that will be featured on the Galaxy S4.
It’s hard to say if LG will have success with the Optimus G Pro because it’s not enough to launch a great smartphone, it depends on the marketing strategy as well. For example, is the company takes its time in releasing it, the battle is lost from the start because people will buy the Galaxy S4 or the HTC M7 right from the moment they are launched, and the Optimus G Pro will be just another high-end device appeared on the market, but with no customers eager to buy it. I think this is going to be a big problem for LG because not even the original Optimus G reached all the markets out there.
Revealing it at MWC doesn’t make much sense if the company plans to make it available for purchase later on. Maybe LG is letting the Optimus G do the fighting against the Galaxy S4, and plans to launch the Optimus G Pro as a rival for the Galaxy Note 2, who knows?