LG is slated to launch its flagship phone, the Optimus G Pro in India later this year. This was announced at the LG Tech Show 2013, held at Delhi yesterday. The phone is expected to be available not later than August 2013 and will be priced around Rs 40,000, which seems to be the new price threshold for flagship phones. At this price, the G Pro will be LG's most expensive phone in the market. The Optimus G Pro is the successor to the Optimus G which was launched in February this year. The Optimus G is currently retailing for under Rs 33,000.
The Optimus G Pro is an impressive device with a 5.5 inch IPS screen that has a pixel density of around 401 pixels per inch and can play 1080p videos. It is powered by a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and sports 2GB of RAM. Other impressive features include 32 GB on-board memory and a micro-SD slot that allows for expansion up to 64 GB. LG has pitched this phone to go head on against Samsung’s Galaxy Note range and with the current specifications the phone is no pushover.
The 5.5-inch IPS screen plays 1080p videos
Both the cameras on the phone are capable of shooting 1080p full-HD videos at a frame rate of 30 fps (frames per second). The back facing camera is a 13 MP shooter while the front-facing one is at 2.1 MP. The phone is powered by a beefy 3140 mAh battery, which would be necessary given the specs that are packed in. It also sports a removable back-cover which its immediate predecessor the Optimus G lacked. The LG Optimus G Pro supports 4G LTE but we aren’t sure if it will support the LTE band in India.
The LG phone that Indians have been clamouring for is the Nexus 4, which spec-for-spec is a near replica of the Optimus G, except for the camera and some other minor changes. The Nexus 4 however isn’t anywhere on the horizon and it is highly unlikely that LG would ever release this phone officially in India. It seems that there is a tug-of-war between Google and LG as to who will launch this phone here. The only Google device available via the Google Play Store in India is the Nexus 7 tablet. For those willing to take a punt on the grey market, the 16 GB version of the Nexus 4 is said to be selling for around Rs 24,000.