Oh boy, LG. I don't know if you're going to be able to live this one down: PhoneArena just leaked a couple photos of the allegedly-upcoming Optimus G Pro, but it's not the one you've already seen before (headed for NTT DoCoMo in Japan). Nope, this is a super-sized 5.5" version, and the leaked shot of it out in the wild is going to draw a lot of attention, if only for visual comparisons. Take a look.


So, maybe it's because it's white. And maybe it's because the lighting is bad. But wow, does that ever look like a Note II to my eyes, at least at this angle. The back of the phone is definitely a different look (it has a One X-esque camera hump), but I just can't un-see the similarity. It's uncanny, down to the hardware home button that is just narrow enough not to look exactly like Samsung's, and the slightly different-looking, flipped capacitive buttons. As for this being the real McCoy, well, there doesn't seem to be a particular reason to doubt it. The image is a bit blurry, but it looks far from fake. And it's backed up by this leaked training slide image, suggesting the phone will launch on the Korean carrier U+.


To recap, this is basically the same as the Optimus G Pro we've already seen, but with a significantly enlarged display, and slightly beefier battery cell. That means a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, Android 4.1, and LTE. Will we be seeing this device at MWC? I don't know, but let's hope so.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mike

    yea! where's the 5.5" nexus?

  • Bariman43

    At least it's not iPhone Clone #65536. Which is kind of weird when you think about how the OG Note's look was based off the international Galaxy S2, which looked the tiniest bit like an iPhone.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh Tripathy

    Didn't know LG was that desperate..! That's way too much "inspiration" for my liking..

    • krazyfrog

      At this point, they don't even seem to be trying to look different.

  • MrMLK

    Its actually better then the Note 2 in one category. They switched the menu and back buttons at the bottom. That's the only thing I don't like about my Note 2.

    • acey_zero

      Also has a Qualcomm processor which is far better than Exynos if you are interested in AOSP at all.

      • hot_spare

        Why would you want AOSP on a Note-class device? apart from sounding 'cool' that you run AOSP on Note and losing all TW functionality, what advantage does CM/AOSP gives you over TW? AOSP doesn't any alternative for TW functionalities. Apart from looks, I don't find any interest in AOSP. Infact simple things like a video player is so under-powered and feature-less.

        • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

          I run CyanogenMod 10 on my classic Note. The only functionality I lost was the stylus shortcuts. (Which I think there is a way to add back and customize.) There are replacement third-party apps for S-Memo - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1798117

  • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

    Without sylus and multiwindow, this better be $150 less than the Note III

  • hot_spare

    Samsung creates a totally new category mobile device, but as usual smart people and media will never acknowledge that. It's like all good things only come out of google, apple or MS. They change the game, makes using large screen a default parameter, makes stylus cool again, but we see same sarcastic comments from the popular media. Everyone now going mad over iPad mini and N7. But which was the first 7-inch tab to make the splash? Again Samsung started the trend back in 2010.

    But what we all see is it's TW. It's not stock android, and it has green gradient.

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      And they also inspired Huawei to create 6-inch phone.
      I don't mind having a smoothed-out spectrum of devices between 1 and 20 inches in size in my local electronic shop, like: rings, glasses, watches, usual phones, big phones, small tablets, medium tablets, 13-inch tablets with TV tuner, and portable 4K TV panels with built-in satellite dish and diesel generator running Android, my favorite choice ;)

    • krazyfrog

      Actually, the Dell Streak started the trend of gigantic 5.0-inch display phones.

  • adEt

    yey to the menu button.. arent they supposed to get rid of this? its embarassing for google actually, they really try to make android usable for every device in the future, but this is not happening if oems keep including old stuff

  • Mark

    Define Irony: Samsung suing LG for a phone that looks very similar to one of their own.

  • Paul

    Here would be some irony for you, Samsung suing LG over one of ftheir phones looking too similar to one of their own creations.

  • spydie

    doesn't really look like a note or note 2 to people that know the difference.

  • blinkblur

    why 5.5 inch ???
    I prefer a 4" phone but with this Optimus GP spec inside.

  • Stocklone

    The Note II was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw that picture on my Note II.