LGs G Pro 2 pushes phablets to 5.9 inches, shoots 4K video

LG logoLG has outed its Mobile World Congress device ahead of the conference. The company announced the LG G Pro 2, its Galaxy Note 3 fighter, with a 5.9-inch 1080p displayslightly bigger than the paltry 5.7-inch display offered by Samsung's phablet.

LG is bringing the best design feature from its recent phones to the G Pro 2, an industry-leading screen-to-bezel ratio, which LG lists as 77.2 percent. In the "gigantic phone" space, anything that can make the device a little smaller is a big deal.

LG G Pro 2

Still, LG's tiny bezels aren't magic, and this device, at 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm, is even bigger than the Note 3, which measures 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm. The G Pro 2's SoC is a now-standard-issue 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 with an Adreno 330 GPU. LG has packed 3GB of RAM into the G Pro 2 and, like the Note 3, the device has a removable 3200 mAh battery. An optically stabilized 13MP camera can shoot 4K video and has a slow-mo 120 FPS HD video mode. The device ships with KitKat and has a "Flash for Selfie" camera mode, which turns most of the display white, providing a few extra photons to assist the front-facing camera.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.26GHz Quad-Core)
  • GPU: Qualcomm Technologies Adreno 330
  • Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080), Slim Bezel
  • Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM / 16GB/32GB eMMC ROM / microSD slot
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3200 mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 172 g
  • Network: LTE / HSPA+
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart Ready (BT 4.0) / USB / Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC / SlimPort
  • Colors: Titan, White, Silver
  • Other: Knock Code, 1W Hi-Fi Sound, Content Lock

KnockOn, LG's tap-to-wake feature, is back, which is great news since it will let you mostly ignore LG's awkward rear power button. KnockOn now features a security unlock mode called "KnockCode." LG says that you can unlock the screen using 86,367 tap combinationspresumably this works a little like morse code. LG hasn't mentioned a price, carrier availability, or US launch date, but the device should be on display at Mobile World Congress, where we'll be sure to get our hands on it.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: LG, smartphones

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