Seoul, South Korea: LG Electronics Inc says its new smartphone with a full high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week and hit shelves in Japan in April.

LG said Monday the Optimus G Pro smartphone features a 5.5-inch screen that packs over 2 million pixels, or twice as many as smartphones with HD screens.The new Android-powered phone sports other upgrades including a camera that can shoot full HD videos and photographs.

The South Korean company, Sony Corp, HTC Corp and other phone manufacturers are trying to make high-resolution screens a key feature in their new smartphones this year.

Image via LG.
Image via LG.

Full HD screens are more common in televisions but smartphone makers began to embrace them this year amid cutthroat competition.

LG executives said their current goal is elevating the reputation of the Optimus brand after turning around the company’s mobile communications business following years of losses.

Key specifications include:

• Processor:Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor clocked at 1.7GHz
• Memory: 32GB with a microSD slot (up to 32GB)
• Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels/ 400 pixels per inch)
• Camera: Rear 13.0MP with LED Flash / Front 2.1MP
• OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
• Battery: 3,140mAh (removable / wireless charging capable)

The model will be on display at the annual mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain kicking off next week.

Once the world’s No. 3 mobile phone maker, LG was the fifth-largest mobile phone maker by shipments in 2012 after Samsung, Nokia Corp., Apple and ZTE Corp., according to market research firm IDC.

With inputs from AP

Publish date: February 18, 2013 10:46 am| Modified date: February 18, 2013 10:46 am

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