After two days of rumors and semi-confirmations from several Korean news outlets, today the LG Optimus G Pro has finally been officially announced. According to The Verge, the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo says the Optimus G Pro will hit the local market in April. We all thought it would have a 5.5 inch 1080p screen, but we were wrong. Instead, it’s going to ship with a 5 inch 1080p screen, just like the Xperia Z/ZL, ZTE Grand S, and pretty much every other phone that was announced at CES.
So, what do we think about the design? Let’s start with the most obvious fail. It’s 10 mm thick. That would’ve been totally acceptable two years ago, but in today’s world … that’s massive. Why so large? Because there’s a 3,000 mAh battery in there. That sounds wonderful, but we have to test the device first before coming to any conclusions.
As for the rest of the phone, there’s a quad core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon in there, 2 GB of RAM, it ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it has a 13 megapixel camera. Again, we can’t emphasize this enough, this phone is going to hit Japan in April. You can buy a 5 inch 1080p smartphone, today, from HTC at your local electronics store. Verizon has the DNA, and this writer has seen the Butterfly with his own eyes at two shops in Kuala Lumpur.
The worst thing about the G Pro is that it’s going to be LG’s flagship phone for barely six months. It’s widely expected that we’re going to see the Optimus G2 during the second half of the year. It’ll probably have one of those new fancy Snapdragon 600 or 800 chips, and maybe even a larger screen.
In case you can’t tell by now, we’re not excited by the G Pro. If you think our opinion is wrong, please do leave a comment below, because we really want to love LG, but we just can’t.