AT&T gets another exclusive: LG Optimus G Pro for $199 with contract

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On Wednesday, AT&T scored another smartphone exclusive. This time it’s the LG Optimus G Pro, an Android(s GOOG) 4.1.2 handset boasting a large 5.5-inch, full high-definition screen. Pre-orders for the phone, which is $199 with contract, begin on May 3 and AT&T(s T) will sweeten the deal with a free Quick Cover folio case for the handset.

LG’s Optimus G Pro is the follow-up to the company’s Optimus G from last year. That phone was also very similar to the Nexus 4 that Google partnered with LG to design and build. As good as the Optimus G was — it has been one of LG’s best sellers to date — the new Optimus G Pro offers substantial upgrades including:

Of course, the phone uses AT&T’s LTE network where coverage allows and falls back to HSPA+ service as needed. I’m not a fan of smartphone exclusives — here’s why — but this is another solid smartphone offering from AT&T that should rival its other flagship phones ranging from the Apple(s aapl) iPhone to Galaxy S 4 and HTC One.

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