The Optimus G is one of the newest feathers in LG’s cap. The smartphone has been widely successful in the limited locations where it was made available, and is currently gearing up for a worldwide release of over 50 countries. But prior to this, we’ve heard plenty about a smartphone known as the Optimus G Pro in rumors. And now, LG has finally taken the smartphone out of the rumor mill to announce it formally in Japan. This confirms the existence of the smartphone, but leaves a big question mark as to when it will arrive in global markets. But we might have an answer to that one too. The upcoming MWC 2013 event is ideal for a launch like this and LG will inevitably shed more light on the availability and price during the course of the event. The smartphone also went official in LG’s home turf, South Korea.
Carrier NTT DoCoMo is the first carrier in Japan to get it as you would expect with a Japanese launch. This smartphone apparently belongs to the carrier’s NEXT Series of smartphones which includes the likes of the Huawei Ascend D2 and the Sony Xperia Z with the latter being available on February 9 and the former breaking cover in April. There are several other smartphones in the lineup but none of them sadly will leave a mark on the global market, so we won’t mention them here.
Speaking more about the smartphone itself, the Optimus G Pro packs an expected 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD (1920×1080) display panel, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core chip with Krait CPU cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM as well which is the new benchmark for flagship droids these days. Additionally, the smartphone will feature the Optimus G’s 13MP camera sensor which is decent enough to replace your regular point and shoot camera. The device comes with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable (thankfully) via the microSD card slot. To keep that power hungry display running for long, LG has packed in a beefy 3,000 mAh battery pack inside. Sadly, there’s not going to be Android 4.2 right out of the box as LG seems to be sticking with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You didn’t think LTE would be missing, did you? Well, it’s not and hence the smartphone is a complete package right out of the box. Although LG’s recent history with updates is a little concerning to all of us, we would like to give the Optimus G Pro a go when it eventually arrives.
Images of the device give us an impression that the phone is pretty lightweight as it seems to feature a smooth polycarbonate finish. We could be wrong though, as there haven’t been any hands on impressions of the smartphone yet. But it seems like LG has done everything right with regards to the display, as the bezel area is narrower than what we’re usually accustomed to. It’s a subjective feature really, but one which will make single handed operation relatively easier.