On 23 January, LG announced the Optimus G Pro, a tablet/smartphone hybrid with a 5-inch, 1080p resolution touchscreen. Sadly, Japan was the only country to get a release date for the phone; but rumours told us another, even bigger Optimus G Pro would arrive at Mobile World Congress ready for an international launch.
LG has decided it can’t wait for the end of the month, and has unveiled its second Optimus G Pro now, although it’s so far only expected to go on sale in Korea – as evidenced by the Korean language press release. Instead of calling it the Optimus G Pro Ultra or something, LG confusingly also refers to the device as the Optimus G Pro, but says it’s differentiated by a, “large screen design.”
As expected, the large screen measures 5.5-inches and has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. LG has narrowed the bezel surrounding the screen to keep the overall size of the hardware manageable, something which Samsung also did with the Galaxy Note II over its predecessor. LG hasn’t provided any dimensions with which we can compare with the Note II’s either.
As there are no other alterations mentioned in the press release, we’re expecting the remainder of the spec to stay the same, meaning the new Optimus G Pro will have a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G and a 13-megapixel camera. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is installed on the 5-inch Optimus G Pro, so that’s likely to be repeated too.
The new model is going on sale at the end of February, so if it does turn up at Mobile World Congress, it should be available to buy soon after the show ends.