LG makes the Optimus G Pro official in Japan, it features a 5 inch 1080p screen

January 22, 2013

After two days of rumors and semi-confirmations from several Korean news outlets, today the LG Optimus G Pro has finally been officially announced. According to The Verge, the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo says the Optimus G Pro will hit the local market in April. We all thought it would have a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, but we were wrong. Instead, it’s going to ship with a 5 inch 1080p screen, just like the Xperia Z/ZL, ZTE Grand S, and pretty much every other phone that was announced at CES.

So, what do we think about the design? Let’s start with the most obvious fail. It’s 10 mm thick. That would’ve been totally acceptable two years ago, but in today’s world … that’s massive. Why so large? Because there’s a 3,000 mAh battery in there. That sounds wonderful, but we have to test the device first before coming to any conclusions.

As for the rest of the phone, there’s a quad core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon in there, 2 GB of RAM, it ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it has a 13 megapixel camera. Again, we can’t emphasize this enough, this phone is going to hit Japan in April. You can buy a 5 inch 1080p smartphone, today, from HTC at your local electronics store. Verizon has the DNA, and this writer has seen the Butterfly with his own eyes at two shops in Kuala Lumpur.

The worst thing about the G Pro is that it’s going to be LG’s flagship phone for barely six months. It’s widely expected that we’re going to see the Optimus G2 during the second half of the year. It’ll probably have one of those new fancy Snapdragon 600 or 800 chips, and maybe even a larger screen.

In case you can’t tell by now, we’re not excited by the G Pro. If you think our opinion is wrong, please do leave a comment below, because we really want to love LG, but we just can’t.

Comments

  • mohdamr1

    You are right for not being excited, all the timings of new LG smartphone releases are late as usual. Maybe after some months they will learn the smartphone game – its about availability at the right time and place. They should also spend more on marketing, advertisements and finding good suppliers for their smartphone parts.

  • QuanahHarjo

    I’m fairly happy to see a manufacturer besides Moto have the cojones to make a thicker phone with a bigger battery. The race to “thinnest” is paved with cruddy runtime. I would guess that the Pro is aimed at business user who are resisting going with a pocket billboard like the Note 2.

  • James Hwang

    It seems LG can never please you no matter what it does. It’s doing the exact same thing as its competitors and one ups them with a huge battery and all you do is bash it? The DNAs biggest fail is the battery. The G Pro has a 3000 mah battery and yet the DNA is inexplicably better and so is everything else apparently, simply because it’s LG.

  • carlisimo

    I’m into thin phones myself (love my One S), but what I’ve been hearing from the whole internet is, “Screw thin, give us bigger batteries!” So I thought you guys would be happy.

    Also, isn’t that the ICS Google Search bar, not JB?

  • nexus7mike1

    Lg, lg what does one say….worst customer service in the world. Total disregard for customer base? Virtually no real program for Android updates, just read the WWW for how they abandoned previous Optimus range users ( 3d optimus still not on ICS) having used the 2x and 3d handsets I would advise everyone to avoid lg like the plague.
    Why is Samsung so good now?, well in Europe customer service is amazing and responsive and they seem to have spent their time learning what their customers want and need.
    I use Apple products and a nexus 7 for fun.

    So lg why not fulfill past promises made and listen to customers…then you would stop releasing misses last likE a 10 mm smartphone in January 2013…

  • K.

    A big battery is really great although the motorola razr have a bigger one (3300) and is thinner at the same time (9.3 mm). I don’t like the back of the phone. I looks like very cheap plastic. What I don’t understand is why they don’t release the phone directly with a Snapdragon 600 which should be available in devices in Q2. Sometimes the manufactures shoot themselves in the foot and wonder why the sales are not following.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrjose.martinez.9 MrJose Martinez

    I am one who would disagree with your biased opinions. LG is beginning to push out super smartphones that Samsung fanboys want to bash when in reality they are better then Samsung phones. It cannot be overlooked that LG is the number 1 washer and dryer manufacturer as well as the #1 tv manufacturer. They are beginning to introduce those technologies into their high end smartphones

    • K.

      I don’t know to whom you are replying but why is your opinion not biased? It’s not because others don’t have the same opinion as you do, that they necessarily fanboys (FYI, I have never owned a Samsung smartphone. My only smartphones have been either HTC or Sony-Ericsson). Having great washers or TVs doesn’t mean that your other products are as good (my washer is a LG and I have owned it for 5 years and it is a really good product with a good build quality). From the pictures and the specs, what is your opinion of the phone?

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      i can tell you that they are NOT the NO.1 TV manufacturer, if they were, then they would have a MUCH bigger mobile industry. Samsung is No.1 in smartphones, and TV’s

    • http://twitter.com/marky_yo Marky

      Agree, I avoided LG this past winter, figuring it was maybe a “one time” thing with them and nexus with they released their other phone on ATT, now they are looking pretty good! I just hope Sony continues to man up as well, I love HTC and would have a One X+ but the battery is horrid!! One week was enough for me! I love Samsung, reliable, but I don’t care for their screens too much, either way this is good for all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrjose.martinez.9 MrJose Martinez

    One reason I admire LG so much is because they have the technology to make killer smartphones. For years they have made low end phones and concentrated on their fridges, tv’s, etc. Now it seems that LG wants to make all other phone makers give them the respect they deserve. LG is nothing to scoff at just look at the Nexus 4

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      Nexus 4 is just made by LG
      GOOGLE design EVERYTHING from the motherboard to the phone app. lg just put it together.

  • vosg

    I don’t mind the thickness, in fact prefer it. Feels more solid, and allows vor bigger battery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    personally, i don’t think LG is up to the mobile market. And i would be embarrassed to walk around with a LG phone. when i think LG? i think washing machines and fridges.

    • Sanjay Wilson

      Hey! Don’t you insult my Lg esteem that’s still running gingerbread!

    • Nizo

      Your thinking about LG will be changing over the next few years, George. Life’s Good! Competition makes it all that much better for us all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

    the CPU in this thing is already out dated. with T4, s800 and exynos 5 octa, s4 pro is shit.

  • Nishant

    plastic back. Please LG get that glass jewel back of the current OptimusG and nexus 4.

    Please LG ….!