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LG Optimus G Pro review: a flagship by any other name

Flagship abroad, in Europe more of a Full HD alternative

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Introduction

2013 is the year of the Full HD smartphones. We've seen high-end phones such as the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. We had to wait a bit longer on LG's Optimus G Pro, which came to the USA and Korea a few months ago. We tested the Korean version, which is slightly different than the European one, which should appear in August - right alongside LG's new European (and arguably worldwide) new top model, the G2. So the Pro will be another full hd option then, but it is a very impressive phone in its own right.


The LG Optimus G Pro is the flagship LG phone for the Asian and US markets, but on 7 August the LG G2 will see the light of day as the high-end LG phone of 2013. The Optimus G Pro will then be positioned more as competition for the Note, as a phablet. In this review we will also compare it to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, even if there of course are some differences as you'll find out. 

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The LG Optimus G Pro

The LG Optimus G Pro is a large smartphone, measuring 15 cm x 7.6 cm x 0.94 cm. The 5.5-inch IPS screen is the same size as that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and will be too large for most people to operate with a single hand. LG was aware of this in the design process, and included a number of features with this in mind. The Full HD 1920x1080 resolution results in a pixel density of 400 ppi. While less than phones with smaller displays, it still makes for a very crisp screen.

The Korean version of the LG Optimus G Pro is different than the European one, as it contains a built-in tuner. The DMB standard isn't available here, so it won't feature the retractable antenna that the Korean model has.

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The Korean version has an antenna for receiving DMB TV broadcasts.

In Korea you also get an extra battery, which other territories won't have. That's too bad, as battery life is still one of the weaknesses of smartphones. The battery does have a capacity of 3140 mAh, more than what many other smartphones have. When we were using the phone, even under heavy loads the it lasted a pretty long time. If you're constantly taking photos, filming and up- and downloading, it won't last the entire day, however, but that's normal for a smartphone.


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