Since the past few months we’ve been speaking a lot about the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC M7 and the Samsung Galaxy S IV. But in the midst of all that, we almost forgot that there’s LG which is also known for smartphones. Sure there were a few references made to its MWC 2013 offerings, but no details were available. At about the same time, we heard of a device known as the Optimus G Pro which launched in Japan. This sounded more or less like an upgraded version of the original Optimus Pro. But now, the device’s international variant is all but confirmed along with the specs of the same thanks to a tipster cited by Phone Arena. The site has managed to access images of the device along with the full specs sheet, and we must say it looks pretty impressive. The Sony Xperia Z already has some competition and it’s been a month since we saw it. This is exactly what we mean when we say the market is highly competitive.
Now getting back to business, this version of the Optimus G Pro is said to feature a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display. The device also packs 2GB of RAM along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core chip clocked at 1.7 GHz. There’s also a 13MP rear camera as well as a 2.1MP front facing camera sensor capable of recording 1080p video. That’s not all though as the smartphone also packs 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. To carry all this power, the smartphone apparently packs a 3,140 mAh battery which should be good enough to last a day or even more. There seems to be a Korean variant called Optimus U+ which apparently packs a super narrow bezel and a slim home button, reminding us a lot of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This smartphone will basically go up against the flagships arriving in the first half of 2013 like the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC M7 and the Galaxy S IV. Although this cannot be considered a smartphone as it breaks the 5-inch barrier which immediately puts it in the phablet segment.
From what we’ve learnt so far, the LG Optimus G Pro certainly looks like a powerhouse. The Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with the Adreno 320 GPU is going to be one of the hottest combinations of 2013. We’ve already seen Sony take that road with the Xperia Z and it is expected that HTC will follow suit too. That leaves the Samsung Galaxy S IV which could feature the Exynos 5 Octa chip. It’s certainly going to be a very eventful first six months for 2013 and we hope the competition stays alive with smartphones like these. However, we would like to wait until the manufacturers launch their smartphones before passing judgment, so take all of this with a pinch of salt for now.
Via: Phone Arena