LG's largest Android smartphone gets bigger, and smarter

Mobile World Congress

LG already introduced the new G Pro 2 over in Korea, and they're showing it off to the rest of the world here at Mobile World Congress for the first time. If you're thinking it looks a little familar, you'd be right. Gone is the physical home button of its predecessor and in are the rear mounted power and volume controls of the G2. It's actually pretty handsome. And quite large.

A quick specs recap first, then. The G Pro 2 houses a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, with a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM underneath. You get either 16 or 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot and a 13MP camera round the back with OIS. Software-wise we're looking at Android 4.4.2 KitKat and LG's own brand of customizations.

While LG's manage to keep the overall look and feel of the original G Pro, this one's definitely in the extra-large department. There's just no disguising 5.9 inches, small bezels or not. If you absolutely have to one-hand the G Pro 2, you can fire up Mini View, which shrinks things down into a windowed display. But that doesn't change the fact that you're manhandling a massive phone.

And Knock On — where you tap the screen twice to wake the phone — has gotten even better with Knock Code, which lets you set one of 80,000 some-odd combinations of knocking patterns, so you now have convience as well as security. Love this feature.

But enough words, you want to see it, right? Head on past the break for a hands-on look at the new LG G Pro 2.

 

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Hands-on with the LG G Pro 2

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A really big G2.
The ability to have a big/little phone interface.
Knock On security lock screen.

I want this.

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
(ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)

The only time I have seen it in the states is with the rebranded Droid Charge on Metro PCS. That had a TV antenna. It also cost almost $500.

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Just to clarify, Phil, it's actually an Asia thing. Japan does it too. Not sure, but most likely even China. But definitely both Japan and South Korea.

According to the specs on the Phone Arena visual size comparison tool, the G Pro 2 is 172g/6.07oz. So, just a little heavier than the Note 3's 168g/5.93oz

Wow, are you staying in the Princesa Sofia hotel? That's like in my backyard!

Hope seeing you these days in the MWC!

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Impressive. The "mini view" is indeed ridiculous, but everything else indicates the G2 was no fluke, and LG is serious about phablets. Now they just need to move the speakers to the front.

Edit: 3200 mAh removable battery(?) Can you confirm this, Phil?

Haha I do have to agree with this statement, lol.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

I don't think it is ridiculous. For most of what I use my phone for, I want as much real estate as my pocket will allow. But once in a while, it would be handy to enable one hand operation.

I don't use traction control very often either, but nice to have it when I need it.

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I hope this comes to Sprint. I like the Knock code and seems like the speaker is very loud. LG is not playing.

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Depends on whether you will use the Note 3 S-pen features. If not, then the G Pro 2 looks to be a serious contender, especially if the camera is a top priority. And I bet the G Pro 2 will be much more developer friendly.

Agreed, but the only drawback is software updates. LG doesn't have the best record for software updates.

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i like it. something like this might make a good base for a Nexus 6. 5.9" is ok as long as long as it's with a smart efficient use of bezel, thin enough, and i can comfortably fit it in my front jeans pocket and not look foolish. Note 3 is 5.7". i also love that knock knock unlock. i'd love to see Android support that (or something similar) natively. but skins in general are no bueno.

seeing that telescoping TV antenna pulled up from a smartphone is a real WTF anachronism for me.

kudos to LG and the South Koreans for kicking up their game a few notches once again!

I don't think LG will get the Nexus 6 contract. Samsung got 2 years and LG got 2 years. Time foe another partner to get a chance. I could be wrong but I think Sony or someone else will get the contract this year.

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Yeah, I think Sony deserves a chance. But, I wouldn't be opposed to Lenovo getting it.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

That would be amazing, brother.

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I love my note 2 and I have been holding off getting note 3. I I really like lg g2 but love big screen of my note 2. Can't wait till this comes to T-Mobile. If only they would leave the tv antenna in it and add a stylus. Either way I'm definitely giving this phone a try. Currently on my note 2 over 80% of the time I can use one hand, hopefully on the lg g pro 2 it's not too bad.

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Agree, the note 3 ready has that feature but surprised in most reviews it barely gets a mention. Really does make 1 handed use on a larger device easier and makes the excuse of not having a large device because of 2 handed use a moot point.

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Would love to have this phone RIGHT NOW! I would like to rekindle my relationship with LG after all these years. I remember back in the previous smartphone days, me and LG were happily married.

I am Aquaman!

Nice phone, camera software looks good also, hope LG is getting serious about developing top devices

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Could someone please clarify the the actual camera sensor size?

From LG's media statement: "What’s more, the sensors and lens of the rear and front camera on the G Pro 2 have increased in both size and sensitivity, for images that rival many standalone point-and-shoot cameras" .

Are they using a 1/2.3" sensor (like most compacts) or is it the same 1/3" as the G2 and its all just media spin?

I can see the next Nexus phone having a 5.2 inch screen, fit inside a frame that's the same size as the current Nexus 5.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

I want one: ) I would love to see the size comparison with this and the G Pro. G2, the Notes 2 and 3 as well as the G Flex and G Tab

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This device looks awesome. Having been used to the big firm factor with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I can't wait to swap over to this flagship phobe.

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This looks like an awesome device. LG has really stepped their game up, over the past two years.

As always, thanks for the hands-on, Phil!

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Without the stylus and pen functionality no phablet can truly best the Note 3.......even if the specs are better.

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Except if you want a larger display, and possibly a better camera and speakers and don't mind not having an s-pen. I know a few people with a note 3 who are considering trading for a G pro 2 for those reasons, they never use the pen so would rather have the larger display, slightly better camera and better speakers. The great thing about the note 3 is that it is holding it's value quite well people are still selling them on craigslist for $450+.

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That's what I want to know too! Funny how any kind of battery info, usually the Achilles heel of a device, gets glossed over most of the time. :(

I really enjoyed the original G PRO and could actually see myself using this. I can't stand Samsung's software and have found that LG's is similar to Samsung's but that they only take the good things and leave out all the crap

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The form factor isn't great for me, since I can barely get my hands around my droid maxx, but that's the beauty of Android- there's bound to be a hardware solution that suits every person!

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