January 22, 2013 11:41 am
It seems that Japan gets all the cool stuff.
With a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 13MP camera and a 3000mAh battery, all running on Android 4.1, the Optimus G Pro looks to be quite the monster handset. It also appears that LG has opted, at least on the Japanese model, for a hardware home button reminiscent of the Galaxy S III. In fact, the Optimus G Pro looks nothing like its smaller namesake. It appears far more “generic black/white slab,” which is not such a bad thing but will certainly take some getting used to.
On the plus side, it appears as if the bezel around the screen has been minimized to proportions not seen since the RAZR M.
Now, the announcement of the Optimus G Pro for Japanese markets means nothing to Canadians unless LG deems it worthy to adapt for a wider market. Since the Optimus G is still so new to the market, they could wait until Q2 or Q3 and release a proper sequel, a handset boasting one of Qualcomm’s leaner, meaner Snapdragon chips and perhaps a new version of Android. And that’s exactly what we’ve heard.
But much like Sony often releases an updated version of its flagship device a few months later, LG could opt to do the same thing for the North American audience. It would be a shame to waste an opportunity to market such a beast of a smartphone in a country that loves big phones and fast speeds.