In New York today LG announced it’s newest Flagship phone, but they just released the Optimus G Pro. Yeah well that was just for AT&T. Maybe the current owners can take some comfort if the G2 isn’t on AT&T? Oops.. Not gonna happen folks, sorry. The new phone announced just 3 months after the Optimus G Pro will be available for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Sprint.
Sporting Qualcomm’s latest Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz. It will also have 2GB of RAM and a dedicated allotment of memory specifically for tackling graphic chores. When it comes to the internal storage there will be 16Gb and 32Gb versions of the phone. Of course all these power packed features will be handled by a 3,000 mAh battery listed with usage time up to 1.2 days. Yeah, I’m sure that isn’t going to happen. I’m sure that will be a number no real user will be able to achieve. So what is missing in this little specs party? Well, no removable battery, means no expandable internal storage, which means a few angry geeks talking about how this phone will be a simple throw away phone. Trust me, I’ve read only a few other posts and it’s already begun.
The External Looks
Showing off a large 5.2 inch, 1080p IPS LCD display (423ppi density) that will is on a device that runs edge with glass. The body of the device is surprisingly thin a just over 0.3 inch (8mm) thick standing at 5.45 inches tall and 2.79 inches wide. The design of the phone really could pass for a Galsxy S4, but back has a feature that in my opinion looks awkward and ugly. LG has placed the power button along the volume buttons in the back directly under the quality 13 MP camera. I’m not sure how this will play out being such a large phone, perhaps not having to reach across the phone will make for a better experience. For know it looks weird but until I actually get my hands on it I will just leave my thoughts at the door.
Just like Samsung and Moto X, LG has added their own features on top of the stock Android. One of the features I saw was the Slide Aside. This lets you pull up and access the three most recently opened apps, which can be very helpful if you are doing a lot of jumping around. The only weird thing about this is to access it you use a three fingers swipe. On a phone design that seems to be geared towards one handed access using three fingers seems like a step backwards. There are many other features that were shown and I hope to have a phone in hand in the coming weeks to actually show them to you.
As expected it’s being released with Android 4.2.2. Yup, old software on a new phone, which seems to be a common sight with all Android devices released these days. Who knows if the phone will have the update when released, or even see the rumored Key Lime pie this year at all when it’s announced. I will be following all these phones very closely in the coming months sharing my opinion and findings on how these companies handle the software updates.
At the end of the day this is just another phone that offers bumped specs, slightly changed design, with potential for a new way to control the device and someone’s take on how to improve Android. The real test in my opinion is how these companies stand behind their devices. If we see this phone for 99.00 dollars on contract in 3 months than we know the phone was a dud or the company had no intentions of making this a serious phone that would buck the Android Fragmentation curse.