When the specs of the supposed LG Optimus G Pro leaked last week, it seemed almost too good to be true – like one of those fanboy wishlists you see populating forums and sub-Reddits across the web. Now Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced the device as part of its DoCoMo Next 2013 Spring lineup, and the reality matches the leak quite well.

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The LG Optimus G Pro will be following the trend of big and beautiful screens. It's another 5-inch 1080p display, and the bezel is razor thin. There is a faster 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro inside to push all those pixels, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a microSDXC card slot, and a massive 3000mAh battery to keep it all chugging along well into the night (well, maybe the late afternoon). LG has also equipped this variant of its flagship with a 13MP camera. Judging purely on specs, the device looks amazing. The software side is a little questionable with Jelly Bean 4.1 on board and a fairly heavy skin.

Keep in mind that this is just the Japanese version of the phone, and LG itself hasn't even spoken of it officially. NTT DoCoMo customers will be able to pick up the Optimus G Pro in early April. Availability in other countries will probably come in future announcements. At least we can all hope.


Source: Press release, Specs, NTT DoCoMo, Optimus G Pro PDF

Ryan Whitwam
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  • deltatux

    Looks like it's a full speed Qualcomm S4 Pro quadcore SoC unlike the slightly underclocked version that's found in the Nexus 4. Interesting stuff.

    Not gonna lie, not a fan of the home button though, looks so squished lol.

    • TylerChappell

      Of course it, does, just look at the GS3. You have to remember, LG desperately tries to copy every single thing about Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

    I'm not hating, or anything but this seriously looks like skyrocket and the S3 had a baby.

  • James Jun

    The bubbles...that menu button...that gradient status bar...

    Some of LG's engineers and designers either need to start using Android phones, because if they're doing this, they obviously have little to no experience with the Android platform.

    • asianrage

      The Asian market is "slightly" different than the American market

    • Alexander Procter

      I might be wrong, but I think that is Docomo's own launcher which they promote on pretty much all their smartphones now. Awful.

  • turb0wned

    Hate LG... If it wasn't for the software on my Nexus the phone would be shit. Why did Google pick freaking LG.

    • NemaCystX

      Answer: Root

      • http://twitter.com/asrat_24 asrat_24

        Exactly Xylon is boss on Nexus 4, best ROM I've used, and together with franco kernel great battery life

        • Fellwalker

          How does a new os help? turb0wned says the software saves the phone. You're saying change the software?!

    • Fellwalker

      Love my nexus 4. No problems with it. If the hardware were not capable the software (and I presume you mean the operating system) would be unimpressive.

    • Napster87

      it's the software that LG can't seem to get right. Not the hardware. My Nexus is amazing. sturdy, beautiful build quality, great battery life, awesome screen, amazing call quality, you name it. The only thing that falls short on my Nexus is the camera but i blame Google for not putting more effort into the camera software. The same camera module in the optimus G produces superior photos.

  • NemaCystX

    I think that render that looked like the iPhone but supposedly was supposed to be the HTC M7 looks alot more like this one

  • satamusic

    too big, the regular Optimus G is perfect

    • Fellwalker

      You can tell 0.3 inches difference? Impressive. I'm waiting for external measurements but with thin bezel they may be the same.

      • Bobhadababyitsaboy

        Can you not?

        • RajivSK

          Even at just 5 inches that's only 6%. Not worth noticing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Martin/100000322308783 Joshua Martin

    Everything is nice about this phone, except the inclusion of a true A15 processor. The S4 Pro may as well be considered last generation when we know what's coming.

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    LG Android theme is awful. The phone looks a bit too much like a Samsung design too. Specs are great, but better offers will probably emerge quite soon. Also, seeing as the 4.2 Jellybean update managed to brick or effectively render many Nexus devices extremely frustrating, the choice to use 4.1 is probably a better choice.

    • ProductFRED

      All NTT DoCoMo phones use that launcher and icon theme. It's made by the carrier, not LG. I agree with everything else though.

    • master94

      rooting and putting a custom rom solves everything. Too bad NTT DoCoMo are dedicated to making sure rooting is a pain in the ass. Like VZW on steroids.

  • GragonV

    I see most members here hate LG design (lately, especially the Lolz Style) and the childish (+ ugly) UI
    Same here.
    What a waste of great specification :'(

  • Темури Поцхорая

    Trend of 5" inch smartphones with physical buttons is just terrible. :(
    Manufacters need to go for the onscreen ones or implement something new If they want to distance ftom Nexuses that bad.

  • http://twitter.com/ShonenStyle Tayllor Masi

    Had a LG SHINE year, and years ago, use to like, but on Android phones LG is just bad, i still dont why they made the Nexus 4, but i gotta be honest this phone looks amazing (too bad that the custom skin looks bad) i would get this in a near future IF i could get a pure android experience even if root was the way.

  • Fellwalker

    I Iook at the release list and see all very similar phones, and the LG standing out in battery capacity.
    BUT the first 4 are WATERPROOF AND DUSTPROOF. Wow. How many wrecked phones will that save?

  • mememe

    High demand on Nexus 4 that they cannot (don't want to?) keep up and then they release a new phone that's a bit better in almost everything, ofc...

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    LG bought out the Galaxy S design?

  • adi19956

    SDXC slot. Yes please.

  • RajivSK

    Can I just have the battery?