LG has just announced their latest flagship device for 2013, the Optimus G Pro. Chances are you've already heard of it because it was launched earlier this year in Japan. That version has a 5 inch 1080p screen. This new variant, which will land in Korea and North America, has a 5.5 inch 1080p screen. Why are there two versions of the same phone? We don't know.
As for the guts, this is the first phone to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600. The S4 branding is dead, so you're going to be hearing a lot about the 600 from here on out. It's basically an improved S4 Pro that's clocked slightly faster. We're talking an extra 200 MHz, bringing the total to 1.7 GHZ. The rest of the phone isn't too shabby either: 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, and a 3140 mAh battery that's not only removable, but it also charges wirelessly.
We're going to have to get our hands on this thing before we pass any judgements, but here are our initial thoughts: The G Pro looks exactly like a Galaxy Note. The phone, no matter how good it is, will still be the last phone we would consider buying. In less than 72 hours we're going to see the HTC One. In four weeks we're going to see the Galaxy S4. In a little over a month we're going to be able to buy Sony's Xperia Z and ZL. Those four devices have so much more appeal than whatever LG brings to the table.
Can LG ever relinquish their underdog status? Sure, but they have to be bold. They need to stop coming out with phones that look like clones of Samsung devices. They also have to show off what makes their software special.
That or dump their skin altogether to attract the hardcore crowd.