It’s still early days in the 2013 battle for Android smartphone supremacy, but the names of the heavyweight title contenders are no longer a secret. There’s the Samsung Galaxy S4, which analysts predict will sell in 80 million units this year, HTC’s One (and only), Sony’s Xperia Z and LG’s Optimus G Pro.
The last name on that list might have been ignored by many so far, but the latest rumor around the block should confirm once and for all the G Pro has what it takes to be one of the greats.
According to sources “familiar with launch plans”, quoted by Android Central, the Optimus G Pro is to make its grand American debut on May 10 on AT&T. That’s mere days after the planned Samsung Galaxy S4 US launch, so on paper LG’s 5.5-incher should prove to be very solid competition for “the next big thing”.
Then again, we can’t confirm the story just yet and the release date is not set in stone, so caution is advised. AT&T has been the first American carrier to sell LG’s previous flagship device, the Optimus G, starting on November 2 2012, followed closely by Sprint.
Hopefully, AT&T won’t draw the short straw again and leave Optimus G Pro’s sensational spec sheet untouched. The first-gen Optimus G came to Ma Bell with an 8 MP rear-facing camera, unlike the Sprint and “international” models, which had 13 MP snappers slapped on their backs.
As far as Sprint goes, there’s nothing to signal an imminent Optimus G Pro, but you might remember we reported on a rumor of that nature less than two weeks ago. The original G is still alive, well and in stock with the carrier, so chances are that, even if Sprint is to release the G Pro, AT&T will be the first to do so.
It remains to be seen also if Verizon and/or T-Mobile will be looking to get a piece of the Optimus G Pro pie, given that both have passed on the big guy’s predecessor. The most impressive LG phone in Big Red’s line-up is the Intuition, a special version of the Optimus Vu, while T-Mo has just the Optimus L9 available.
Getting back to the rumored AT&T-bound version of the G Pro, let’s not forget to underline this is due to sport a 5.5-inch Full HD panel, unlike the recently released Japanese 5-inch model. The spec sheet should include a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, microSD support, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a 3,140 mAh battery.
While we’re waiting to see if the rumors prove legit, let’s all check out G Pro’s video review once again. And while we’re at it, why not look over the comparisons with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and HTC Droid DNA? Now, is this or is it not a force to be reckoned with?