LG G Pro 2 made official ahead of Mobile World Congress

February 13, 2014
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Unwilling to wait for Mobile World Congress, LG just announced its latest flagship phone: the LG G Pro 2.

As you’d expect given the name, the new phone is the follow-up to the LG G Pro from last year, and a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and other phablets. The LG G Pro 2 features a 5.9-inch 1080p display, but LG keeps the phone to a somewhat more manageable size with just a 3.3mm side bezel and and “industry-leading screen-to-frame” ratio of 77.2 percent.

The screen-to-frame ratio means that despite having a a display that’s 0.2-inches large than the Galaxy Note 3, the G Pro 2 is only 2.7mm wider and 6.7mm taller than Samsung’s phablet. That shouldn’t make the phone much harder to handle than Samsung’s phone.

Although, if the phone is too big, there is a new software feature called Mini View that shrinks the size of the display to anywhere between 3.4-inches (slightly smaller than an iPhone 4S), to 4.7-inches (slightly larger than a Moto X). The software feature should make the G Pro 2 easier to handle in one hand, though it does raise the question of why you need such a large screen in the first place.

The G Pro 2 looks a lot like a scaled-up LG G2, down the the power and volume button on the back of the phone, just below the camera. The phone has similar features to the G2, along with a few improvements. On the software side that includes Knock Code, the evolution of KnockON that makes it easy to unlock a phone by tapping out a specific code.

On the hardware side, aside from the giant screen, the big new feature of the G pro 2 is the camera. The 13MP rear-facing camera of the G Pro 2 features OIS+, and is capable of recording 4K video. Most dedicated cameras and camcorders can’t shoot n 4K yet, making it quite impressive that a phone is capable of shooting such high resolution video, even if the screen can’t show the full detail.

Other camera features include 120fps slow-motion video, natural flash, burst mode, and a flash for selfies that turns most of the screen white for more “soft” lighting.

Inside the LG G Pro 2 you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a massive 3200 mAh battery. The G Pro 2 will come in three colors: black, white, and silver

The phone will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, though when it will ship isn’t known yet. Presumably LG and carriers will announce availability sometime in the near future.

Are you excited to try LG’s new phablet, or are you waiting for another phone?

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