LG’s new flagship smartphone the Optimus Pro G has already been announced for Korea and Europe, and today it was the turn of the United States as the Korean company confirmed that the Optimus Pro G has been confirmed for Q 2 this year. The device will pit itself against Samsung’s hugely popular Galaxy Note 2, a handset that clearly inspired LG’s latest.
In fact there are those who say LG was not only inspired by the Note 2 but has outright copied it, and there is certainly plenty of Samsung’s phone in the Optimus Pro G design and conception. When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note and then the Note 2 last year, the Korean tech giant proved that there was a market for “phablet” phones, handsets that are small enough to be a smartphone but also big enough to be a tablet.
Many companies have reacted to Samsung’s big screen success by delivering their own phablet offerings. Sony is coming forth with the Xperia Z, while Chinese brands like ZTE and Huawei are also going big. However, none has followed the Galaxy Note 2 mould quite like LG. Just one look at the Optimus Pro G and the Galaxy Note 2 side by side will reveal a striking resemblance, while in terms of specs they are both very similar, which means the LG handset packs a punch under the hood.
The Optimus Pro G sports a full 1920 x 1080 HD display (making this the first full HD smartphone), quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2.1-megapixel front facer, and a 13-MP rear camera. The handset is certainly a formidable unit, but will LG manage to dent Samsung’s significant appeal in the United States and beyond?
LG is selling other smartphones in solid numbers, certainly enough to carve out its own market place, however even the super quick Optimus Pro G is unlikely to take the title of phablet king from Samsung. There has been no word on exact release dates for the Optimus Pro G in the U.S. while LG has not issued price details either.