5.9-inches, Snapdragon 800 and the signature buttons on the back make up LG's newest giant

We knew it was coming, and LG has now made the G Pro 2 official in its native Korea. The follow up to last years Optimus G Pro, the G Pro 2 has a lot going for in the specs department. The display size is up to 5.9-inches, and is a 1080p IPS panel. Inside we're looking at a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of onboard storage with microSD and a 3200 mAh battery. 

Round back, the G Pro 2 houses a 13MP camera, accompanied by a 2.1MP front facer. The rear camera will shoot video in 4K resolution as well as in slow-mo at 120FPS. And yes, it comes with Android 4.4 KitKat.

As is customary with LG devices, there's a bunch of custom software included. One that catches our eye is Knock Code, a development from the Knock On feature we're already familiar with. Knock Code allows you to power on and unlock your G Pro 2 in one step by tapping the screen in any one of 86,367 different combinations. It doesn't matter where on the screen you tap, or whether the display is on or off. Pretty neat. 

Of course, we'll be hoping to get our first look at the G Pro 2 in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, and we can't wait to play around with it. For now, keep on scrolling for the full press release. 

SEOUL, Feb. 13, 2014 ― Today LG Electronics (LG) introduced the LG G Pro 2, its follow-up to the award-winning G Pro, to the Korean public. Much like last year’s G Pro, which was recognized as the Best Smartphone of MWC 2013, the G Pro 2 comes equipped with a state-of-the-art display and new UX features to take user convenience to the next level.

With a stunning 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and extra slim bezel of 3.3mm, the G Pro 2 offers an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent. A thicker, high-power 1W Hi-Fi sound that’s 30 percent louder than in the G Pro delivers clearer sound with more powerful bass. And to simplify the powering on and unlocking process, LG engineers developed a completely unique feature called Knock Code™ which makes unlocking and using the G Pro 2 easier and more convenient than ever before.

“Knock Code is an example of LG bringing simpler, more convenient solutions to consumers’ mobile lives,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Whereas in the early years of smartphones it was a contest to see how many features could be stuffed into the phones, our researchers took a long, hard look at how consumers were really using their devices in their daily lives and included just the most useful UX features. We think customers will agree.”

An evolution of the popular KnockON feature that was first unveiled last year in the LG G2, Knock Code allows owners to power on and unlock their G Pro 2 smartphones in one easy step by tapping their screens using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. Thanks to LG’s intelligent algorithm and advanced hardware, the knock pattern can be entered on any area of the screen ― whether the display is turned on or off ― using anywhere from two to eight taps.

The G Pro 2 is the first LG smartphone to benefit from an enhanced 13MP camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) and advanced functions ideal for creating sharing content. LG’s proprietary OIS+ technology adds software anti-shake functionality to the acclaimed hardware-based feature already built into the slim camera module for the best photos and videos possible when in motion or in low light situations. 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. Some of the other advanced image capturing features built into the G Pro 2 are:

·          120FPS HD Video Recording and Slow-Motion Editing: Records in 120fps HD and allows editing of video in three different speeds ― one-half slow motion, one-fourth slow motion and original

·          4K ULTRA HD Recording: Records video footage in ultra-high definition mode for playback on 4K TV sets

·          Magic Focus: After the shot is taken, user have the option to select the preferred depth of focus before saving. Users can also press the all-in-focus icon to make every object in the frame look their sharpest

·          Natural Flash: Offers more balanced color temperature and exposure for the most natural-looking photos compared to images taken with a normal flash

·          Flash for Selfie: Reduces the size of the preview screen and adds a bright white background for more “soft” lighting in self-portrait mode

·          Burst Shot: Takes up to 20 continuous shots and automatically edits them to create a video of the captured images

·          Gallery Collage: Allows users to select photos from their gallery to create a collage for easy uploading to favorite social network sites

In addition to the latest components, the G Pro 2 also boasts a collection of upgraded features that complements today’s mobile lifestyle where much of the information we need is in the palm of our hands or in our back pockets. Some of these new UX features include:

·          Content Lock: Provides users more security with the ability to lock files, photos, videos and memos with a unique password

·          Mini View: Enables users to comfortably use the G Pro 2 with one hand by shrinking the display to a size ranging from 3.4 inches to 4.7 inches, depending on the user’s preference

·          Dual Browser: Divides the expansive screen into two separate browser windows for more convenient surfing

Availability of G Pro 2 in markets outside of Korea has not yet been determined but attendees to the 2014 Mobile World Congress can experience the G Pro 2 and its features first-hand at LG’s Booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via.

Key Specifications:

-    Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 (2.26 GHz Quad-Core)

-    GPU: Qualcomm Technologies Adreno™ 330

-    Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080), Slim Bezel

-    Memory: 3GB DDR3 RAM / 16GB/32GB eMMC ROM / microSD slot

-    Camera: Rear 13.0MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP

-    Battery: 3,200mAh (removable)

-    Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

-    Size: 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm

-    Weight: 172g

-    Network: LTE / HSPA+

-    Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart Ready (BT 4.0) / USB / WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) / NFC / SlimPort

-    Colors: Titan, White, Red

-    Other: Knock Code™, 1W Hi-Fi Sound, Content Lock

 
There are 58 comments

Jdane07 says:

I think Phil beat you.

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still1 says:

thats ugly back button... apart from that it looks like Nexus 5

tdizzel says:

How many columns you gonna post that comment on?

still1 says:

all article of G2 which shows pics of the back!!!!!

MERCDROID says:

Lol

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

We get it... You don't like the rear buttons. No one cares.

Posted via a device much better than yours.

still1 says:

you seem to care about my opinion

MERCDROID says:

Ya know, until the two other posters replied, I was gonna swear that this comment was déjà vu, lol.

jonathan3579 says:

I like it! I'd trade my One Max for this.

jwyche007 says:

Who wouldn't?

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ErnstMach says:

I think they made plastic look fairly pretty here!

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Josh Hicks says:

Any idea what that thing is on the top left corner?

TV antenna likely. Korean phones all have them.

kf7eqj says:

I kinda like it but I'll stick with my Nexus 5.

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PAC757 says:

I'm happy with my Optimus G Pro, this would be a nice upgrade, but I'd be just as happy if LG and AT&T would update this phone on something newer than 4.1

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jlh73 says:

Looks nice but they gave no support for the original G pro. Hopefully they will for this one. No updates.

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jwyche007 says:

I have a feeling the reason it doesn't have any support is because the phone was only sold by ATT and it probably didn't sell that well. Not making excuses I'm just telling you why in my opinion.

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MERCDROID says:

You're more than likely right.

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Nasko says:

I just bought the G2. If this has that much bigger screen, same processor and ram, and display quality, same cameras, and pretty much everything else the same, then i think it's really not a big improvement. Especially considering G2 3000mah, G pro 2 3200mah battery. Doesn't seem like LG made an inch of hardware advancement in a 6 month period. Why not announce it together with the G2? There is nothing else new in it, except bigger screen.

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jonathan3579 says:

And software.

As for hardware, there's not many other choices available as of this very second. The Snapdragon 805 won't be out for another month or two at least. (Although they could use the upgraded Snapdragon 800 AB or AC.)

Zig261 says:

This is meant for users who want the LG equivalent of the Galaxy Note 3 with high-powered specs. The screen difference might be there but large hands can still handle it.

Nasko says:

I agree about the target market. I am just curious why they waited 6 months to release it. They obviously had the tech when the G2 was announced. Plus it would have given Samsung a run for their money when they launched it. Not after everyone bought one (from the people who wanted).

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Because now is 12 months since the original G Pro launched. 

tedsc says:

Or because it has been around 6 months since G2 launch, similar to how Samsung staggers the annual S# device in H1 and Note in H2.

jwyche007 says:

It looks like they made some improvements with the camera and overall software. I'm okay with more options.

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tedsc says:

I think it is targeting a different segment not meant to be a huge improvement on the G2 aside from the removable battery feature.

DaFonZisBack says:

Grants its a 6month old note 3.

posted with a galaxy note 3. h8ers gon' h8. live2win#swagface#switchedOn*_*

MERCDROID says:

Dude, get over yourself. It's not a "6month old note 3."

The screen is bigger, it doesn't utilize a stylus due to the differences in software, and it has dedicated buttons on the back, amongst other things.

To be exact it's a four month old Note 3 spec for spec. Why match the Note 3 1 year later when you can surpass it.

Lg knows they ain't ready for the phablet game SAMSUNG has put down these last three years.

Can't fake it to make it in this category that's for sure.

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squiddy20 says:

1. First you say it's a "four month old Note 3", then you say "1 year later". So which is it, 4 months or 12 months? Get your ridiculous story straight.
2. Yes, because it's absolutely imperative that a phone have better specs than the Note 3 to just qualify to beat it. What a mindless spec whore. I need only mention the Moto X, and have just debunked your entire argument. Get a life.
3. Do you even know the meaning of the word "phabet"? It's clear that you don't. Go use that "boss" Note 3 to look something up for once.

So any device with snapdragon 800, 1080p display is a note 3.
I also use a galaxy note, what sets the note devices apart is the s-pen features, do you ever use them. Seems like you got it just cuz it was the most expensive model on the shelf. By your logic the LG G 2, xperia z1, and even the Lumia 1520 are also "4 months old note 3"

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moosc says:

Wtf not one mention from the peanut gallery? Removable battery, SD card slut. Oh how many have been screaming for this to return.

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MERCDROID says:

Ok, I'll give you that one, lol. I'm surprised, too, to see no one praising LG for including both a removable battery and a micro SD card slot. But, the previous G Pro did include those things.

What does "suck"is that there's two versions (16GB and 32GB), now, versus only a 32GB version last year.

NoNexus says:

I think that is the rub there, the other one had it. They just havent cut the cord yet.

If the G3 has them then I will be scared

Habiib says:

Strange

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Sounds amazing.

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Retinella says:

This phone has similar specs to my Note 3, except it can't do as much (e.g. lacks a stylus). So you can knock on the screen and it has buttons on the back. Whoop-dee-doo.

NoNexus says:

Some do not use the stylus like I do so this is a good alternative..

crxssi says:

Too large. I had hoped this never ending trend for bigger and bigger would end at 5". I just can't tolerate anything larger in a phone. Having larger models is great for a choice, but not if it means they abandon high-end in the 5" class.

NoNexus says:

Flagships have stopped around 5". The niche markets are the mini (4.3) and max (5.5) at this point.

calvin35 says:

Where is the home button?

NoNexus says:

Under the lockscreen you see there

David Horgan says:

Knock code? Aka bloatware. What's so difficult of ASOPs slide lock?

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jwyche007 says:

Don't be stupid, Knock On isn't just for unlocking the phone, it turns on the phone and it's a built in password all in one. Next time read the article before rushing to the comments.

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NoNexus says:

It kinda sucks and is boring?

rampage1979 says:

Why does it suck? I find knock on very useful. Boring? Isn't pushing the power button on the phone boring?

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tedsc says:

I am with you on the knock feature. I have an SIII and a galaxy tab 3 and they both seem very slow to react when I push the button. I have used my daughter's G2 though and knock is crisp by comparison. I really like this phone. Before they announced, I was trying to decide between a Note 3 for size and a G2 (did find that the battery is replaceable just not conveniently replaceable). This device is like the best of both worlds. I just hope it comes to Sprint.

reggie18 says:

And I'm sure Verizon's variant (if they even get one) will have a modified set of rear keys, just like they did to my precious G2. It's amazing how much easier the rear keys are to operate on the global/gsm & Sprint versions with the larger buttons.

let's hope this release in the UK quicker than the G pro did although I'll be look out for the G3 instead

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tshepomk says:

So i am happy with my LG G2, then this might be my next phone. LG products seems to have me hooked

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plunder says:

It looks really nice and reminds me how old my phone is. I'm still somewhat "reserved" about the rear buttons; but I haven't lived with one. In terms of practical day to day use, devices like this are more like small pocket tablets with voice - which is fine by me. I also like the capabilities of the Note 3.

Awesome A C

rlbrooks says:

Back buttons really aren't hard to get use to. Actually, I exclusively use knock-on. Odd how knock-on modifies your whole mobile experience. Every time I pick up any mobile device I try and knock on it to turn in on/off. When it doesn't work I have the nerve to actually get frustrated before I realize my mistake.

Kwdan says:

I do the exact same thing when I pick up my friends phones. I love my rooted G2,but I did want a bigger phone. I will get this when it's available on sprint.

In my limited time holding these phones like the G2 and G Flex, I actually found that my hands just landed where the buttons are when I picked it up. There's bound to be a bit of a learning curve but it's actually not as bad as folks might think. 

Until Verizon messes with them...

Neo Morpheus says:

Removable batt and SD slot?!?!?!?

SWEET!!!

Mytwuk says:

Awesome can't wait to get mine

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I love how they make this and the LG G2 look thin in the photos. lol Great phones though. I am really liking what LG is doing. Just wish there was a way to make them thinner but I understand because its the battery.

So basically it is a Note 3 with no S-Pen a slightly larger screen and buttons on the back ! I wish I new if Sprint was getting this because it would make s good Tri band web browsing machine. I wonder if the screen will be as good as the Note 3 Screen. It is the best screen I have seen on a phone !