LG’s follow-up to last year’s Optimus G, the Optimus G Pro, is headed exclusively to AT&T stores on May 10. It’s a big one, putting it in the same size class as the Galaxy Note II.
The Optimus G Pro doesn’t disappoint, as far as specs go – a 5.5” 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display (400 ppi) and a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm 600 processor, making it a top-notch phone for 2013 (at least so far). Out of the box, it will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It’ll also be stocked with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, both of which are capable of recording in 1080p. In fact, using Dual Recording mode, you can use both to record at the same time. You’ll have whatever the rear camera is picking up, with you showing up in a little box near the bottom. This one also works with AT&T’s 4G LTE network. An IR sensor makes the Optimus G Pro double as a universal remote. The Optimus G Pro will have a 3,140 mAh battery.
There are also some compelling software additions, which isn’t always the case. VuTalk is sort of a real-time collaborative note-taking and drawing app, meant to be used for communications, while QSlide 2.0 allows you to stack multiple applications on top of each other, than adjust transparency levels for a different take on multitasking – being able to lightly see your email under a game you are playing, perhaps as an example.
And, because every smartphone release is occasion for a party now (not that parties need excuses), Atlas Genius was on hand to provide musical entertainment in New York yesterday at the announcement. The phone itself looks to be a pretty solid entry into the really, really large smartphone market as it stands now, and good lord there are a lot of app icons that can fit onto that screen. The 32 GB model (you can add 64 GB with a Micro SD card) will be available in AT&T stores on May 10, for about $200 with a two-year contract. But, if you’ve got a pretty nice and pretty recent model of smartphone, you can trade it in and knock upwards of $100 off that asking price.