The LG Optimus G Pro is the next version of the Optimus G and competes with the likes of Samsung s Note series and Sony’s Xperia Z. The Optimus G Pro is LG s first to features a 5.5-inch display and despite holding such a massive screen is easy on grip and manages to look decent enough. There is a lot of innovation done in the device, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - LG offers Rs 7,000 off on Optimus G Pro under buyback schemeAlso Read - LG Optimus G Pro Review
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In terms of looks, LG has given somewhat glossy look to the Optimus G Pro, which comprises a plastic chassis all over the device and even the metallic looking strip running across the sides is made up of plastic. The front has a 2.1-megapixel camera with flash above the massive 5.5-inch IPS full HD display offering a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 400ppi. Below the screen is a hard key given for the home function, which apparently resembles the one seen in Samsung s latest devices. Apart from that are two soft keys, with their icons being flashed out only when the phablet is on or to alert of messages, mails etc. Flip it around, and you will find a slightly popped out 13-megapixel camera sandwiched between the speaker and the LED flash light. The LG logo remains at the bottom. The back cover is removable and houses a 3,140mAh battery, which according to company will offer a talk time for a few hours more than that given by the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Also to put in the micro SIM and microSD card, one will have to remove the battery from the device.
The top of the device features a 3.5mm jack and an infrared sensor to control devices and home appliances compatible with it. The other side holds a volume rocker and another key which can be customized as a shortcut key to any function and application in the phablet.
The Optimus G Pro runs on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor, which is also seen in one of the variants of Samsung Galaxy S 4. Then there is 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of external memory support using a microSD. On software front, it runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and though does not really boasts any major tweak in the interface, it does hold a few of LG s patented apps like QTranslator and others.
Apart from these, what might just impress you is that the two cameras in the device can shoot videos simultaneously, which appear in one single video. So the result would features the main video running in the background and the second one will be featured as a widget at a corner, similar to that seen while video chatting. Besides this, one can also use the camera to take 360 degree panorama shot and can take HD videos from the camera as well. Also, like the predecessor this also comes with NFC and the usual features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AGPS and more.
Overall, the device manages to look good and holds a number of decent features to give a tough competition to its counterparts from other brands. But what could be a real game changer is the pricing for the device. LG has announced the device in two variants which are either 4G LTE or 3G compatible. LG will launch the 3G model of the device in India, which is expected to be priced for close to Rs 38,000, when it is launched sometime towards the end of June or early July.