LG’s newest flagship, the Optimus G Pro, pushes the display size and hardware limits to an absolute max. And yet very few people are taking it seriously enough to consider it a worthy challenger for the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One.
Why? First off, there are two G Pro models for some reason, which some might find confusing. Also, not everyone is sold on the 5.5-inch form factor. The fact LG has miserably missed the mark with most of its latest spearheads can’t help, while the cherry on top is the G Pro still doesn’t have a clear ETA in the West.
But all that can’t stop LG’s crown jewel from taking Asia by storm. And after it’s become a box-office hit in South Korea, it’s now time to do the same in Japan. The land of the rising sun has the G Pro up for grabs starting today via NTT DoCoMo, the country’s leading wireless carrier.
The more compact 5-incher is available in Japan, unlike South Korea, which got the 5.5-inch G Pro. As confusing as all that might sound, we’re pretty certain the 5.5-inch edition will be the one LG will count on in the West.
We don’t have an official confirmation yet, but the smaller variant is said to have been “designed specifically for the Japanese market”. That sounds pretty clear-cut to us, but, knowing LG, anything could still happen.
Aside from the panel’s reduced size, the Japanese Optimus G Pro is in no way inferior to the “international” version. The screen is full HD, there’s a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU beneath the hood, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP shooter slapped on the back and a 2.1 MP cam on the front.
The overall design is somewhat similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, but the G Pro is a little chunky in order to accommodate a whopping 3,000 mAh ticker. The 32 GB of on-board storage can be extended with microSD cards, while the battery is user removable.
Rumored to replace the first-gen Optimus G on Sprint “soon”, the G Pro only has a vague “Q2” ETA in the US, meaning it could hit the ground running tomorrow or on June 30. While you wait, don’t forget to check out our exclusive video review below. We’d also like to hear if you do in fact view the G Pro as a contender for this year’s Android crown. Is it better than the GS4 and HTC One? Yes, no, maybe?