LG has started the week before Christmas off with a brand new smartphone. It’s called the LG Gx, and it brings the new branding introduced with the LG G2 to the larger, smartphone/tablet hybrid shape of the aging LG Optimus G Pro.
The LG Gx has a 5.5-inch, 1080p touchscreen, which is slightly larger than the LG G2, but the same as we’re used to seeing on the Optimus G Pro. The phone’s body is super slim at 9.2mm, but sadly, LG has left the rear-mounted controls on the G2, rather than shifting them across to the new Gx.
Inside is a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, along with 32GB of memory, plus the phone has NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and a removable 3140mAh battery. A big 13-megapixel camera sits on the back of the device, which matches the G2 and the G Pro, and there’s a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front.
The operating system is a bit of a disappointment, as it’s an unspecified version of Android Jelly Bean and not Android KitKat. LG Gas put its own user interface over the top anyway, complete with features such as Smart Memo, a detailed lock screen system called Smart Day, and KnockOn, where a double tap on the screen wakes the device up.
At the moment, LG has only confirmed the Gx for release in Korea, but as we’ve seen with the LG G Flex, it’s slowly pushing its new hardware into other countries. The Optimus G Pro never gained much traction in the UK, so it would be good to see LG make the effort with the similar Gx. We’ve also seen recent rumours that the firm may be launching a miniature version of the flagship G2 as well.