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The handset is LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, only with more pixels, a slightly beefier processor and no stylus. It’s out in South Korea this week, and elsewhere – including the U.S. – later.

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LG has outed its new high-end Android device, the 5-5-inch Optimus G Pro, a week ahead of Mobile World Congress’s predicted slew of handset announcements.

The Optimus Pro G goes on sale this week in South Korea, carrying Android “Jelly Bean” 4.1.2. According to a release in Korean, it will then make its way to North America and Japan in the second quarter of this year. An LG spokeswoman in London was unable to confirm European availability plans.

So, what are we looking at? Size-wise, the Optimus Pro G is an ever-so-slightly smaller rival to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — same thickness and screen size, but 0.9mm narrower and a good 4.4mm shorter. However, LG has made the jump to full HD: with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the Pro G has a pixel density of 400ppi, versus the Note 2′s 267ppi. It lack’s the Note 2′s stylus, though.

Inside, the Pro G uses a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset; a slight step up from the 1.6GHz processor in the Note 2. Incidentally, this is the first outing for the Snapdragon 600, which is a successor to last year’s Snapdragon S4 series (its twin, the sequel to the S4 Pro, will be called the Snapdragon 800).

More pixels and processing power usually mean more power-drain. On this front, LG is touting the “largest battery capacity in its class” at 3,140mAh, but that’s not really much more than the Note 2′s 3,100mAh. LG also hasn’t quoted the device’s weight yet, so it’s hard to see how that compares with the Note 2′s 183g. The Note 2 has an 8MP camera and the Pro G a 13MP affair, but, given the size of a smartphone camera’s sensor, image quality will be more down to the lens and software than the megapixel count here.

Custom tweaks include “an upgraded QSlide” (LG’s answer to Samsung’s multitasking Pop-up Play feature), QuickMemo and a feature called Virtual Reality Panorama, which looks on paper to be precisely the same as Android’s stock 360-degree Photo Sphere function. The Pro G can also record video through both front- and rear-facing camera simultaneously, and it also features wireless charging.

How does this all compare with Samsung’s largest smartphone / smallest tablet? On paper, certainly, this looks to be an improvement on the Note 2, but then again there will probably be a Note 3 this year, also capitalizing on the latest chipsets and quite probably also upping the pixel count. It certainly doesn’t look like LG has done anything particularly groundbreaking here, so the real test of the Pro G’s success or otherwise will be its as-yet-unannounced pricing.

  1. “On paper, certainly, this looks to be an improvement on the Note 2″ – no stylus, but an improvement?

    http://statspotting.com/the-return-of-the-stylus/

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    1. That depends on your view on the stylus. In all other specifications, it does indeed seem to be better…

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  2. “On paper, certainly, this looks to be an improvement on the Note 2″ – no stylus, but an improvement?

    http://statspotting.com/the-return-of-the-stylus/

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  3. “Inside, the Pro G uses a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset; a slight step up from the 1.6GHz processor in the Note 2 ”
    – a slight step up? Going for quad A9 to quad first gen Krait would be a huge step up , this updated Krait should add a bit more.There are no numbers for the Snapdragon 600 yet but in CPU bound tests it’s safe to say it will be at least 2x the perf of a quad A9

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  4. I just want to note that I wish Samsung would add a detachable 
bluetooth ear phone on their phablets. One that is ready to use upon 
detachment and is placed within the contour shape on the side of the 
phablet body.
    It doesn’t need a lot of battery juice life like the typical earphone because once you’re done talking with it, it will go right back to be recharged with the phablet. Much better than having the whole phablet on your ear. With regard to uncomfortableness on the ear usage this will get better during trial and error in the development stage or successive model issues. And when competition kicks in you’ll see several awesome choices instead. If you compare it with the typical earphone you will be wearing this one on your ear a fraction of the time only as once you’re done with a call it does not rest back on you’re ear but it will rest back on the phablet and for the mean time it get juiced back up again (that’s why you need less battery life). You won’t look like a geek anymore.

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