Japan Gets the LG Optimus G Pro

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LG has announced the Optimus G Pro, a brand-new tablet/smartphone hybrid with a Full HD display, but before you get too excited, it’s currently only set for release in Japan. You’re probably already familiar with the Optimus G, LG’s rival to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Optimus G Pro is the firm’s answer to the Galaxy Note II – a full-on, big-screen powerhouse.

The display measures 5-inches and has the all-important 1080p resolution, giving it a very healthy 440ppi pixel density. This matches technology already seen on the US-only HTC Droid DNA and the recently revealed Sony Xperia Z. Inside the Optimus G Pro is a quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which is supported by 2GB of RAM and powers the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

As you can see from the pictures, the screen takes up most of the front panel, and unlike the Optimus G, there’s a hardware home button beneath it. Turn the device over and top-centre you’ll see the lens for the 13 megapixel camera, another feature that seems to define every top-end smartphone announced so far this year.

Other features include NFC connectivity, 4G LTE support, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and a 3000mAh battery. Such a large capacity battery is good news, as it’ll take plenty of energy to power a device with specs like this.

The Optimus G Pro will go on sale with the Japanese NTT DoCoMo network in April. We’re hoping LG won’t let Japan keep the phone all to itself, and that we’ll get some good news relating to an international release at Mobile World Congress next month.

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