Feb 25th, 2013

After weeks of teasing and an official announcement made officially official last Monday, the LG Optimus G Pro has finally landed into our hands and we’re here to give you guys a brief hands-on here at Mobile World Congress 2013. Overall the device felt solid and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t notice design cues from that other 5.5-inch phablet.

With full 1080p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP shooter, and 3,140mAh battery — there’s still a lot here to give Samsung a run for their money. LG was able to pack one of Qualcomm’s newer quad-core Snapdragon S4 600 processors clocked at 1.7GHz. This, along with the fluidity of Android Jelly Bean, makes for a buttery smooth user experience and speed unrivaled.

With LG’s Optimus 3.0 UX, they’ve managed to add a few enhancements to your typical ‘Droid device, namely their QSlide apps that appear as floating widgets atop any app currently opened. Overall the device felt snappy and responsive, and if one thing LG nailed it’s the software on their handsets mixing a nicely minimal, Holo-ish UI that doesn’t weigh down Android in the slightest. Quite the contrary, even.

While we wait for an official announcement regarding carrier availability in the US (expected by 2nd quarter of this year), check out our hands-on video where we take a look at the Optimus G with optional “Quick Cover” accessory and let us know if this could be real contender for 2013.


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