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LG’s smartphone sales appear to be picking up steam thanks to the LG Optimus G. The hits could continue as the new Optimus G Pro model surfaced in Japan today.

LG Optimus G Pro

LG is making a smartphone comeback of sorts, with at least one analyst report of the company’s handsets outselling Apple’s in the US last month. What’s helping LG? The popular Optimus G, which is getting more widespread availability: LG said on Monday it would release the handset to 50 countries beginning in January, up from the current four. Building on sales success of that model, the previously rumored Optimus G Pro surfaced for Japan on Tuesday.

There’s much to like in the Optimus G, which shares many components with its once removed cousin, the Nexus 4. There are some key differences and improvements though: The Optimus G supports LTE networks, has a higher resolution camera sensor, and perhaps most importantly, is readily available. The Nexus 4, made by LG, is mainly in a “sold out” state, although LG is reportedly boosting production for Google’s flagship phone.

The new Optimus G Pro is starting out in Japan for now; specifically for NTT DoCoMo. As earlier leaks indicated, the handset uses a 5-inch, 1080p touchscreen, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 and 13 megapixel camera.

This beast of a device runs on a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4 quad-core and is fed by a 3,000 mAh battery, which should last a full day, even though the display is pushing over two million pixels. Customers in Japan can expect the phone in April; the rest of us will have to wait and see if LG expands availability beyond those borders.

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