Thursday, July 4, 2013

LG Optimus G Pro launches in India

There is a tendency to believe that if you’re on top, nobody can take that spot away from you. The Samsung Galaxy Note, while sitting comfortably there, should be frightened, because there is a new phablet in town ready to give them a run for its money. Even by labeling it as a phablet, it’s in a category of its own, since the display size is considerably bigger than in the case of its rivals.

We are talking of course about the new LG Optimus G Pro, which without a doubt, can’t be left outside the top 3 and if you ask me, it could be on any of the three spots. But what makes the LG Optimus G Pro so great? At first sight, not much, but as we know, appearances are deceiving. Its name is a tad difficult to pronounce and the design is nothing out of this world – after all, when you have a 5.5-inch phablet, you don’t have too many resources to give it a cool look. 

The processor it uses is the highly reliable and speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and it has enough RAM (2 GB), to keep it running smoothly with various applications open. As a matter of fact, it allows you a ridiculously high level of multitasking, thanks in great part to the Optimus UI. But the question is, does it have what it takes to overcome the Galaxy Note?

Surprisingly enough, the answer to this question isn’t straightforward. The LG Optimus G Pro has the better hand when it comes to the resolution, with its 1080p display, the incorporated camera, which at its 13 MB is more than decent and has the HDR support as a highlight. CPU is always faster; basically 1.7 GHz Krait 300 against the 1.6 GHz Cortex A9. The screen colors are more vibrant and accurate, thanks to the true full HD IPS LCD screen. It has some contrast issues when exposed to sunlight, but that’s about it. Also, as a nice touch, LG Optimus G Pro has an IR sensor, in case you want for whatever reason, to use your phone through a remote control. Where the Samsung Galaxy Note – and we are talking here about the Note II – has a slight advantage, is in the price category, but it also has to be taken into consideration that the LG Optimus G Pro has just been released and the price is set to come down in the following months.

The internal storage is also impressive, at 32 GB which can be extended even further with a microSD card. Its 2,100 mAh battery lasts a day with medium usage, but things get more complicated if heavy usage is involved. The LG Optimus G Pro price in India is around Rs 42,000.

While LG Optimus G Pro definitely has a harder time to make an impression, because of the well-established HTC and Samsung models, people seem to start to embrace the phablet. In South Korea alone, 1,000,000 copies have been sold in the first 4 months, which is remarkable, so it’s likely to take the Indian market by storm as well.


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