Formal LG Optimus G Pro announcement reveals Snapdragon 600, Q2 US availability


LG’s half-baked announcement of the LG Optimus G Pro last week was nice, but the Korean manufacturer has finally revealed the device in full. The latest press release confirms a few of the specs we’ve already known, including a 5.5 inch 1080p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel HD camera with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,140mAh battery, and more.

We’d thought the 1.7GHz quad-core processor revealed last week would be a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, but the Optimus G Pro will actually feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. This would make it the first device announced with a chipset from Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful line, though it’s not quite the Snapdragon 800. Still, it will be quite the beast and should put any benchmarks to shame.

On the software side, you can obviously expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and LG’s custom Optimus 3.0 user interface sitting on top of that. More interesting than all of that is when we can get it, of course. LG has confirmed that the Optimus G Pro would begin selling in the United States beginning in the second quarter of this year. We’ll have to wait on official world from the country’s carriers to see who exactly will be offering it, of course, but it’s nice to know that us mere Americans will have a chance to own one regardless.

We’ll be in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress next week to take in all the best the mobile world has to offer, and you can bet the LG booth will be one of our first stops as we look to get some good hands-on time with the Optimus G Pro. Circle back for those particular festivities starting next week Monday. Head to LG Korea for a translated press release.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I feel like i’m the only who doesnt like the one button at the bottom design…

    1. I hate it too. I hate it on my GS3 also. I usually sit my phone in a window sill at home and when I hit the home button the phone falls over. Its so annoying.

      1. I like having a physical button and I don’t think its ugly (all capacitive touch buttons would be fine though) but for reasons like yours I’d like to have the option of having the stock on screen buttons.

      2. Putting your phone on a window sill does not seem to be to bright of an idea to begin with. If it falls from there you’ll probably have more than the home button to worry about, besides don’t buy something because everyone else has it. Buy the device for what it is, you knew it had a physical home button, so why didn’t you go with Motor or HTC?

        1. I didn’t realize at the time it would be such an annoyance. I dont have tall windows, so the fall itself isnt going to hurt the phone. Also the GS3 was on sale for $99 and the DNA had not come out yet… Im looking to trade it for a DNA or Razr HD but all the offers I get on craigslist is for a iphone. :/

          1. I had the razor maxx hd for a week but traded it in for gs3, loved the phone and the on screen buttons and battery life was freaking awesome. but the hand ergonomics for the phone was awful! it feels like you’re holding a brick. Never gave much thought to hand ergonomics until I got the razr maxx hd. believe me it makes a huge difference. Just something to keep in mind.

    2. I dont like the physical buttons. I didnt realize how much they bothered me until I went from softkeys to keys on the phone. I keep acidently touching them. It gets annoying.

  2. That thing just looks so much like a gs3 to me

  3. *Obligatory* Moto X phone or gtfo. ;-P

  4. let’s be HONEST, it’s an absolutely GENERIC thing, a FACELESS one.
    CHEAP copycat design, cheap materials, cheap glitter, cheap look and feel, cheap curves, cheap corners, cheap elements, cheap wallpapers, cheap NAME, cheap and NOT smart one-eyed LG brand. LAZY!

    Motorola XPHONE > NOTEIII > Galaxy SIV > iphone 6 > HTC One.

    LG is #2 tech gaint behind SAMSUNG, but its design and marketing are pathetic. SAD.

    1. Until you hold it in hand I don’t think you can comment on some of those.

      LG has been known for cheap feeling and looking phones in the past, but again seems like you are jumping the gun on your review.

    2. Yes let’s rate the phones that haven’t even been released yet -_-

  5. Lol in a separate article someone thought i was out of my mind for saying the s4 pro was last years tech and soon to be outdated, well seems that’s going to happen a little earlier then expected.

    1. true

    2. LOL. It has been pretty fast, it started appearing in phones in what, September? And it was first announced by LG last year with the Optimus G unveiling right? (I believe they were beaten to market by the Droid DNA though as the first S4 Pro on shelves though right?

      Pretty cool though by LG getting the 600 in phones and out so fast… Does Japans version have the 600 as well? Koreans will be getting this monster phone this week.. Id like to try importing it if its at all compatible with Canadian carriers :P

      Snapdragon 800 for the Optimus G2?

      1. they already have quadrant benchmarks from the HTC one today, it scored close to 12,000, with the S600, imagine what the 800 is going to be like, if i were to guess i would say the 800 will show up near the end of the year, hopefully Samsung also has some major performance upgrades with the exynos.

  6. I don’t care so much for the device as i do for the benchmark results of the snapdragon 600 and the real world performance reviews.

  7. I went from a Galaxy Nexus to a note 2 and the one thing I miss is the on screen buttons. I’d love to see the note 3 be a 6 in screen with less bezel and onscreen buttons especially since the spen doesn’t even work on the buttons

  8. sd card slot or die.

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