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LG to debut Optimus G Pro on home turf

All Headlines 10:30 February 18, 2013

By Lee Minji

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Inc., the world's fifth-largest handset maker, said Monday it plans to launch the "Optimus G Pro," the follow-up of its flagship handset "Optimus G," in South Korea this week.

LG Electronics will roll out the 5.5-inch full HD smartphone via SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp. on Wednesday, the company said in a press release.

The device is set to be released in Japan and North America in the second quarter at the earliest, LG said, without further elaborating on an overseas launch schedule.

The Optimus G Pro features an IPS display with a pixel density of 400 pixels per inch that consumes 50 percent less energy but is two times brighter than same-sized AMOLED screens, according to LG.

The handset maker has been packing its latest smartphones with IPS screens, supplied by its affiliate LG Display Co., while top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. has been mostly relying on AMOLED technology.

The Optimus G runs on Qualcomm Inc.'s 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, an improved version compared with the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor in the Optimus G.

The follow-up model also comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera that can be used simultaneously for a "dual recording" feature, according to LG.

The long-term evolution phone that runs on the Android Jelly Bean platform is priced at 968,000 won (US$894.6).

LG's latest phone is likely to be the company's key weapon in the fight for smartphones with brighter and bigger displays.

Last month, South Korean handset maker Pantech Corp. unveiled the "Vega No. 6" packed with a 5.9-inch natural IPS Pro Full HD liquid-crystal display, while Samsung Electronics is widely expected to roll out the latest edition of its flagship Galaxy smartphone line-up.

mil@yna.co.kr
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