The LG Optimus G Pro is the much-awaited sequel to the immensely successful LG Optimus G smartphone, that has been available through AT&T and Sprint since its release in Q4 2012. The Optimus G Pro has been the subject of various discussions, speculations and rumors over the past few months, and is seen by many as a strong competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, or even the Galaxy S4 and iPhone. Just yesterday, AT&T announced that the LG Optimus G Pro would be available on its network starting May 3rd.
Not more than a few months ago, users looking for a super-sized smartphone AKA “phablet” were limited to choosing either between the original Samsung Galaxy Note or the newer Galaxy Note II. However, that is no longer the case as of the beginning of 2013. The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series seems to have spurred other OEMs into producing super-sized (5-inches +) offerings, and consumer preference seems also to be shifting towards devices with larger displays (4.7-inches+). While a lot of these alternative phablets couldn’t really compete with the Galaxy Note/s in terms of build quality or features, the LG Optimus G Pro is certainly not one of them.
The Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch display which packs a Full HD 1080p resolution, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.7GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of Internal Storage along with a microSD card slot for memory expansion, a 13 Megapixel Camera, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. The device will includes LTE connectivity with access to AT&T’s 4G network.
In addition to the standard Jelly Bean goodies, the device comes pre-installed with AT&Ts Value Pack, which is a suite of additional software features that include, among others, an interesting feature called Dual Recording. Dual Recording lets you record video simultaneously through both, the front as well as rear cameras.
The LG Optimus Pro should be available for $199 on contract, starting May 3rd.