We had a quick hands-on with LG’s new flagship device, which the company states will be available in some global markets, though there’s no word about when/if it’s coming to India, Singapore or Australia. The LG Optimus G Pro features an excellent 5.5-inch full HD IPS display at 400 ppi, which looks great with decent viewing angles, and contributes to the large size of the smartphone, measuring 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm and weighing in at 160g. The bezel at the sides is slim enough that makes it somewhat manageable for one-handed usage, though it is tricky to use the power button on the right side, or the volume buttons on the left side.
That is backed up by a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM which powers Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which LG’s Optimus UI on top and brings LG’s apps like QSlide and various others. As you can imagine, performance is not an issue and everything zips along smoothly and quick. There’s the usual Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC as well, and there’s a 13 Megapixel camera at the back, with a 2.1 Megapixel front facing camera for video calls. This is all powered by a 3140 mAh battery which is removable and should keep the Optimus G Pro powered through an average work day.
LG has stuck to using plastics in their flagship, in strong contrast to the Aluminium used with the iPhone 5 and HTC One, glass used in the Sony Xperia Z and polycarbonate used in Nokia’s Lumia 920, which all look and feel more premium as a result. The glossy plastics also means it’s a bit slippery too. Here’s a quick hands-on video to give you a better idea:
All in all, an impressive smartphone that will give the Galaxy Note II a run for it’s money, provided LG manages to launch it everywhere in time.