As expected, LG finally announces the G Pro 2 in Korea as the successor to the Optimus G Pro. In a quick look, the new device sports a 5.9-inch display with 1080p resolutions, Snapdragon 800 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal memory, Android KitKat, 13MP main camera, and 3,200mAh battery.
LG G Pro 2 will be first launched in its home town later this month and although it is expected to start its world tour after that, but the Korean OEM has not revealed any specific timeframe yet.
LG G Pro 2 Main Specifications:
- 157.9 × 81.9 × 8.3 mm, 172 grams
- 5.9-inch, 1080p (1,920x1,080), IPS Panel
- Quad-core 2.26GHz processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of Internal Memory, microSD slot
- 13MP / 2.1MP Rear and Front Cameras, 4K ULTRA HD Recording
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- BT 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, HSPA+/LTE
- Titan, White, Red colors
- 3,200 mAh removable battery
Well, the specifications seem to be quite mouthful and considering the design and new software features we can easily see how ambitious LG is in the 2014 to get more market share and get more users to try (and trust) its eco-system.
The very first thing you’d notice is about how similar G Pro 2 and G2 are when comparing them design wise. The power and volume buttons are placed in the back and the slim bezel of 3.3mm has made it really easy to use. There are not much more to say about the design and if you like the design of LG G2, you’ll definitely love this one too as they use the same design language.
What is under the hood? Well, LG preferred to use the powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.26GHz to power the 1080p IPS panel.
The other main hardware specs, including 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330, are just the ones we’ve already used to seeing on different Android high-end devices.
About the connectivity, G Pro 2 supports both LTE and HSPA+ and thanks to the NFC, BT 4.0 and Wi-Fi you won’t have any problem getting connected. The only lacking option is the IR Blaster.
LG G Pro 2 is the first LG phone to be equipped wit h OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) technology and considering the bigger and more sensitive lenses, and of course OIS+ technology we should expect sharper and clearer images taken by the 13MP main camera.
Magic Focus which lets you select the preferred depth of focus before saving the taken shot, Natural Flash which delivers more balanced color temperature and exposure, Burst Shot which takes up to 20 continuous shots with the option to create a video of these shots, Gallery Collage, and Flash for Selfie are some of the main features of the default camera application you can find on LG G Pro 2.
But what about video recording? Frist of all, you can record 4K ULTRA HD videos to playback on 4K TV sets and you also have the option to edit the rerecorded 120fps HD videos in three different speeds (Slow-Motion Editing).
When LG introduced G2 last year with dozens of new software features, we all knew one of the LG’s goals is to beat the Samsung in offering bunch of software features regardless of being functional! But frankly, LG’s software features are really useful, especially our favorite one: Knock On.
The Knock On feature we first saw on LG G2 is now improved to Knock Code with a new interesting capability: You can now unlock your G Pro 2 by using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. In other words you create a new knocking pattern (from two to eight taps) using anywhere from the screen to power on and unlock your phablet, whether the screen is On or Off.
Content Lock which offers a more secure solution to protect your files, photos, videos and memos, Mini View which enable a One-hand operation, and Dual Browser which lets you split the screen in two separate browser windows, are the other main software features on G Pro 2.
Price and Availability
As we first said, the G Pro 2 will be first shipped in Korea sometime this month for unknown price, and there will be definitely a world wide release with yet to be announced date and price.
Since the MWC 2014 is just in 2 weeks, we should expect to get more details about the LG G Pro 2 price and availability there.
We believe, if LG choose to ship the G Pro 2 with reasonable price along with proper marketing plans, it has the potential to be named one of the best-selling phablets in 2014.