After a few days of rumors, NTT DoCoMo has made it official that the LG Optimus G Pro will hit the local market in Japan as soon as April. After rumors that it will have a 5.5" screen, it seems that the phone will (fortunately) have a 5" screen 1080p screen, so it's not quite into phablet territory, but it's close.
The phone has a razor thin bezel, although the body is quite thick by today's standards, at 10mm. One explanation for that could be the 3,000 battery. This is something many users have said that they are willing to compromise on. Give them reasonably thicker phone bodies, but with much larger batteries. So we'll see how they react to this move from LG. Of course just having a larger battery doesn't necessarily guarantee much long battery life, so we'll see if the compromise was indeed worth it.
Other specs of the phone include:
- quad core 1.7 Ghz S4 Pro, Adreno 320 GPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB internal storage
- microSDXC support (64+ GB)
- 13 MP camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
After the big launch of the Nexus 4, which was manufactured by LG, they seem to be on a roll with their latest devices, such as the LG Optimus G which has sold 1 million units so far. That is not a bad feat for a company like LG, that isn't exactly known for making high-end premium phones.
Nexus 4 has played a big role into changing their image from manufacturers that make phones that break down or have very poor software, to companies that make beautiful solid devices with great software. I think they owe this change of public image to Google, and regardless of whose fault is it that Nexus 4 hasn't been available for more than a few minutes since launch, I think they should do their part and try to make it available as soon as possible, because they would've probably sold many more millions of Nexus 4's so far, if they would've kept that $300 pricing.
But there's still time until Google announces the next Nexus or their Motorola X-phone, for LG to sell a few millions Nexus 4's. Of course the bigger question is if they really want to do that and try to take advantage of that Nexus image for themselves for a while longer, or do they think they've had enough and they don't need it anymore, and they'd rather focus on their own flagships from now on?