LG GX

VoLTE and new software features highlight a refreshed Optimus G Pro

LG has just put out information on its latest handset for the Korean market, the LG GX. This phone seems to be more of a lateral move from the LG Optimus G Pro, highlighting some new network and software features inside of a slightly redesigned case. Announced on the LG U+ network, the LG GX supports new LTE bands and technology as well as VoLTE (Voice over LTE), something that's becoming more standard in the Korean market.

Beyond the networking, LG is talking up the new software features available. The first is "Smart Day," which shows more glanceable information on the lock screen than on previous LG devices. Next, you have "Media Time," a quick way to access media directly from the lock screen, as well as launch automatically when plugging in headphones.

Further, you have new automatic car dock mode, including a new navigation interface and voice controls while driving. When you're back at home, the LG GX can link up with your LG TV to show calls, texts and other information on your TV screen, even when the phone isn't with you.

On the hardware side, we're basically looking at your standard mid-2013 specs. The aforementioned new LTE specs are there, along with a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP camera, 5.5-inch 1080p display and 3140mAh removable battery.

Design-wise, it looks a bit like a mash-up an LG G2 and an Optimus G Pro, with standard side-mounted buttons, a plastic shell with metal accents and a physical home button with a capacitive navigation button on either side. It's hard to shake the feeling from both hardware and design that this is basically a warmed-over G Pro, with some of the latest software features from the G2 and elsewhere.

The LG GX looks to be launching specifically with LG U+ in Korea, and we wouldn't count too much on it being released anywhere else beyond that at this point.

Source: LG (Translated)

 

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LG announces 5.5-inch GX, moves back to hardware navigation buttons

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When I was trying to decide on my next phone, the G Pro and the newer G2 (which was just announced at the time) were holding me up. Interestingly enough, I actually really liked the G Pro just slightly more for some reason. If I were in the market for a new phone right now and specifically wanted a manufacturer's flavor of Android, I'd definitely be giving a refreshed G Pro a look or two.

I'm with you on that one.

I was a little bit let down with the G2, and actually stuck with the G Pro.

5.5" screen, hardware buttons (don't like on-screen buttons either), 32GB onboard storage, microsd expandable, LTE, LED notification, 1080p display... all reason why I chose this phone.

I will gladly take an updated G Pro over a Nexus 5 or G2. Only one that could possibly sway my decision is the Note 3, but I REALLY like LG display panels...

If this GX comes to the US (which I assume will), then it will for sure be my next phone.

I've been hoping for a while now that LG would do a G Pro refresh with G2 specs. I love the screen of the G Pro and dedicated hardware buttons. Really hope this comes to the US. I hope the Snapdragon 600 is just a typo though and it really has the 800.

Yup, I still consider the G Pro the sleeper Android hit of the year.

Give it a Snapdragon 800, G2's camera, and a nicer build/finish (bigger battery capacity would be icing on the cake) and I would be sold. I find the G Pro a lot easier to manage than the Note 3 and can live with a slightly larger screen. Or, hump the Pro's screen up to 5.7" and give it G2 virtual buttons. And please, LG, improve your support/OS update speeds and policies and skin!

I agree with everything you said except "G2 virtual buttons".

One of the main reasons why I prefer the G Pro over the G2 is the fact that it does NOT have virtual buttons. I prefer hardware buttons.

Nope, nothing special about it, it is just a big phone

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How? It's not meant to compete with the Note series, at all. If it were, it would come with a stylus and apps to support said stylus.

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In the bot Richard Yarrell's voice *Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung products or the Galaxy Note series Period!*

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Funny how it's okay to mention how mid spec 2013 this device is then not mention how pitiful 2012 specs the Motorola X and Motorola G devices are.

Bottom line here this doesn't come close to the Galaxy Note 3 not even in the same league as the Note 3.

Matter of fact The Lg G2 and Lg Gflex pimp slaps this silly Nexus 5 too.

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Someone who still does not get what Moto is doing and never will. There is life beyond a spec sheet. How's Kit Kat running on your Note?

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Yes, because MOAR CORES IS ALWAYS BETTTRRRRR!!!!!1!!!
You simply have no clue. You're clearly just a mindless spec whore blindly saying what everyone else is saying without thinking for yourself. For god sakes, you don't even back up your claims with any relevant proof. You just say it is so and that's apparently that.
The Moto X and Moto G, despite the crap you claim, are actually the most forward thinking devices on the market. Why cram more CPU cores into a device, when all that is necessary is essentially 2 with a highly optimized OS, and 2 others for dedicated services (voice recognition/processing and a contextual computing processor for Active Display). Just because it sounds good on paper doesn't mean it works well in reality; case in point, the Note 3. Even with all its top-of-the-line hardware (which you're probably not using to full capacity on a daily basis), it still sometimes runs into lag and glitches.

LOL you couldn't pay me to carry a Galaxy device over a Moto X or Nexus 5. The user experience is far superior and both the Moto X and the N5 are faster than anything with a manufacturers skin running on it.

You get the full 5.5" screen for your content without sharing with the nav bar

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For videos the nav buttons hide until you touch the screen and with Kit Kat emersive mode even when playing games the nave buttons won't be seen unless you swipe down from the top.

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Spot on.

I bought a 5+ inch screen I ALWAYS want to see the entire screen

Software buttons annoy me.

I would get used to them if I went that was, it isn't a deal-breaker if I like a phone, but generally dislike them

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Well, as rampage1979 noted: with kitkat's new "immersive mode," the on-screen buttons "go away," whenever you're using some apps (i.e. Watching a movie or reading a book).

Personally, I don't have a preference. A button is a button; and, I don't really use my phone enough to nitpick the difference between on-screen or capacitative.

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I prefer the hardware right now, but like I said I could get used to it.

On thing though, when I am in a game, movie, whatever and want to get to the home screen it is two touches. With hardware buttons it is one.

Not a big deal, but I am pointing it out as an advantage over immersive mode. I always have access to the buttons and full screen real estate.

As far as what you said, SPOT ON, a button is a button. I could get used to on screen

One advantage of on screen buttons is that it doesn't require the phone to be a taller size to house the physical buttons. So you can have big screen sizes but less real estate taken up by the on screen buttons as opposed to capacitive buttons.

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I actually prefer two touches to exit full screen videos or a game. With hardware buttons I find myself accidentally exiting games. Not so if the button gets called up onscreen... then I know to be careful.

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Even with immersive mode, it still doesn't solve everything, the home screen for instance...

Even with KitKat, the buttons are ALWAYS at the bottom of the home screen; looks a little annoying to me as it ruins a nice wall paper.

With hardware buttons, the buttons will dim out when not in use and fade in with the color of the face of the phone, and all you see is the screen and what is suppose to be displayed.

I had some really nice HD wallpapers and they got ruined by the on screen buttons always being present on the home screen.

Even having on screen buttons on the home screen in KitKat annoy the heck outta me.

Had some really, really nice HD wallpapers that would just get ruined by the on-screen buttons always being present at the bottom of the home screen.

With hardware buttons like the G Pro, at least they would dim out and because the home button was black, it would all fade in with the rest of the face of the phone and the screen would display just what I wanted it to.

While I wholly disagree (Sony, at least, know where and when to hide nav buttons, and then KitKat takes it a step further with that immersion mode, somewhat softening the "there's more real estate for your media" argument), I understand that off screen buttons have their place in the market.
What I don't understand, though, is the menu button. WHY, LG?!

if you need to do that, the app has been designed wrong. I've not so much as pressed a menu key to access a menu in ages (having a navbar means one can tell when there's a menu button to be pressed) to the point where I remapped the menu button on my old Optimus 2X to a Recent button.
Either way I never said physical buttons are bad, but the menu button is a poor design choice, since it's been a legacy feature since Android 3.0 and is better off emulated as it's not so important that it needs a dedicated button anymore.

If I recall correctly, that is pushing a standard 600 alot. It has to be 800

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SD800s are almost always clocked to 2.26 GHz... no doubt this is one.

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This phone kinda does everything right. Why no global release?

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Release it without VoLTE to the places that don't have it. No different than Samsung releasing LTE models here and octa core 3g elsewhere

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Anybody noticed that the white standing phone on the picture looks exactly like the back of the Galaxy S4??? Same camera bump and speaker and LED placements!!

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Okay, no nav bar. bit sad. Good to see the back button on the left, too. But why is there a dedicated hardware menu button? it's bad enough that Samsung's abominable phones and tablets have this thing...

Because choice is good.

Some of do not live and die by what Google says a phone should be.

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lol...if you would have said period, I would have thought you were going all googly richard on us...lol

Choice is good, not forced menu buttons... IMO it should be like the G2, where you have some choice.

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I like stock Android, sure. Believe it or not, I prefer Sony's Android. Google thinks phones shouldn't have SD cards, but as long as storage options are 16 and 32GB, and as long as MTP sucks as bad as it does, I disagree.
But the menu button should not be a dedicated thing. I prefer it being emulated in legacy apps, like it should be.

My problem is not with choice. Why do people always throw that out? It always used to be "but not everyone likes onscreen buttons", even though my beef is with the menu button, not physical/capacitive buttons in general.

Anyway, my point: The menu button might be a matter of choice, but it's a poor choice. it's a shame that HTC is the only user of physical buttons to have finally ditched it. (though Alcatel have with some of their mid-rangers)

I'm shocked! It took this many comments for someone to notice the lovely young lady right there.

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the phones are bigger than her head... kinda easy to miss...but now that you mention it, she is hot

I came here only to see if anyone commented on it..haha.. either those are 10" or she's SMALL!...

Four? Those two on her right looks like flip cases or am I seeing something else?

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Not really, could be just plain demo stickers. Don't see how one especially a person with small hands hold two devices that big.

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LG, please make up your mind... SW or HW buttons, which is it?

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Both the LG G1, G2, Galaxy S3, and S4 keep being pushed to bigger and bigger sizes! It's frustrating! If people who buy the G2 or S4 wanted a 5.5in smartphone, they would have gotten the Note 2 or 3!

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I guess they are lucky then since neither of the phones you mentioned are 5.5"

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There will and should be 3 sizes of Android. Ginormous 5.2+", normal 4.5" and mini 3.7+"

Nothing wrong with it.

I think 6" should be tops for a phone, but choice is good

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There is a wee debate on screen size and I'm with Yes Nexus in that the new standard is 4.7"- 5.7". While that may not suite some there are the mini variants which are around the 4.3" so it's then all tied up neat and tidy. I don't particularly like the software back, home, and menu buttons and glad Samsung are staying put with the capacitive. This is for the obvious when I purchase a 5- 5.7" i want that screen available mind you hiding them is just as good so argument void really hmm.

In regards to this here LG G Pro-Refresh I always liked the G-Pro but maybe that's because I like Samsung lol jokes aside I'm confused with the 600cpu at 2.3ghz is that not pushing that particular chip to the edge meaning then that it will suffer with overheating etc?

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I see what you did, in that first paragraph, lol.

As for the Snapdragon 600 being overclocked, I think it's a typo, on LG's part.

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Yeh I wonder if "maybe almost yes and confused nexus" will notice lol..

Exactly what I was thinking that would of been pushing the 600 chip a bit to far Mercdroid.

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The galaxy S3 wants it's rear cover back....

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Same here. Love the G Pro over the G2 as well. Non removable battery, cover and sd card were deal breakers. Also those buttons on the back just aren't convincing me.

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+1 for moving the buttons off the screen - where they belong as long as there is physical room for them around the screen! On screen buttons are such a pain. I have them on my device and it's a complete waste of screen real-estate, space I can't use for anything other than some full screen video. Yeah, KitKat will help that but off screen is better!!! I'm glad OEMs get this even if Google still doesn't understand how bad an idea it is. I'm ok with it on a tablet where you have more physical real-estate and a 16:10 aspect ratio which lends itself better to on-screen buttons but on a phone, why!?!?!?

The G Pro was a great phone I definitely will pick this up and sale my note 3.

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My lg GX scored up to 26800 on antutu benchmark v5.
i'll choose Lg phones than samsung.
Goodwork LG keep it up :). LG FTW!

i dont know why some people hate's LG? they said that it is only copy from another brand lol.
try LG phones. lets see if you have hesitate or problems on your beast.

LIFE'S GOOD :)