LG announced the second Optimus G Pro model last week, but only confirmed the device existed and that it had a 5.5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution and a quad-core processor. Everything else about the tablet/smartphone hybrid, including its release outside of Korea, was a mystery.
However, in another press release the company has now revealed almost all we need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note II challenger, and it contains one particularly interesting alteration over the first Optimus G Pro. A the end of January, a 5-inch version of the Optimus G Pro was announced for Japan, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with a clock speed of 1.7GHz.
The new 5.5-inch version also has a 1.7GHz processor, but it’s one of Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 chips, which was announced alongside the Snapdragon 800 at CES 2013 at the start of the year. The Snapdragon 600 is a considerable upgrade over the S4 Pro, with performance tweaks, an enhanced graphics processor and battery saving improvements. While not as powerful as the forthcoming Snapdragon 800, it’s still an exciting prospect, and the Optimus G Pro is the first device we know of to use the chip.
In addition to the Snapdragon 600, LG has confirmed some of the Optimus G Pro’s other features. These include 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel primary camera, a 2.1 megapixel video call camera, a 3140mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage space and a microSD card slot. The operating system is Android 4.1.2.
As for release dates, it’s out in South Korea on 20 February, and a U.S. release will follow sometime after March. LG also says the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro will be on display at Mobile World Congress, so let’s hope for a UK release date to be announced at that time.