LG on Wednesday took the wraps off of its new G Pro 2 handset in South Korea. It’s a large 5.9-inch “phablet” that borrows some features from last year’s smaller LG G2, while adding some nifty new capabilities like 4K video capture.
The G Pro 2 has a 5.9-inch, 1080p IPS display, which works out to a crisp 373 pixels per inch. That’s a good deal larger than last year’s 5.5-inch G Pro, as well as the 5.2-inch G2. It’s thinner than the G Pro, though, and features a new “metal mesh” back panel that looks pretty sharp. As you can see, it borrows the rear button placement from the G2, which I’m not a big fan of.
The phone is powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s 32GB of storage, which you can supplement with a microSD card slot. And there’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back of the phone with optical image stabilization, as well as a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. All told, the internal specs look virtually identical to the G2, aside from an extra 1GB of RAM. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the G2 is easily one of the fastest phones I’ve tested in the last six months.
On the software side, the G Pro 2 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a big plus. And LG has created a new security feature called Knock Code. It’s similar to the G2’s Knock On feature, but allows you to tap on different parts of the screen in sequence in order to unlock it. There are some other software features borrowed from the G2 as well, such as the ability to shrink the display down to a more manageable size (but really, if that’s the case, you might as well just buy a smaller smartphone).
Other features include 4K video capture, as well as 120fps slo-mo HD video. So if you’re looking to find some ultra-high-res content to watch on your new 4K TV, you can always create your own. The phone also features a 1W speaker that’s supposed to be nearly twice as loud as the previous G Pro.
The G Pro 2 will go on sale in Korea this month and appear in additional countries at some point after. There’s no information on price, though LG plans to sell two models of the phone: one with LTE and one with LTE-A bands.