LG Optimus GKWhile preparing to launch the U.S. version of the Optimus G Pro at its special event in New York, LG has been working on yet another variation of the Optimus G called the Optimus GK.  The smartphone, which is to be released in South Korea, is to all intents and purposes a 5 inch version of the G Pro.

The 5 inch device has a 1920 by 1080 full HD IPS display, a 13MP camera, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot that supports cards up to 64GB. Other than 16GB less storage and the use of a 5 inch display, the Optimus GK sounds very similar to the G Pro.

Connectivity wise the GK will support 3G and 4G LTE as well as Bluetooth, NFC and of course Wi-Fi. The battery in the GK is slightly smaller than the G Pro at 3,100 mAh but with the smaller screen that could mean that the battery life is in fact longer!

By releasing a 5 inch version of the Optimus Pro G with the same processor, screen resolution and pixel density as the Samsung Galaxy S4, LG is taking on Samsung’s flagship directly. The Optimus GK will also feature the new software that was recently released for the Optimus G Pro including Smart Video (which recognizes the position of the viewer’s eyes and automatically plays or stops the video accordingly), Dual Camera (which simultaneously captures photographs of both the subject and the shooter using both the front and back cameras together) and the Pause & Resume Recording (which allows the user to pause and restart recording video in the same clip without creating multiple video files).

The Android 4.1.2 device will be available via the Korean telecom operator KT starting next month. There is currently no news about an international release.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.