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My Optimus G Pro review (of the Korean version) will be on the way later today, but it sounds like LG has finalized plans to bring its Note II competitor to the US, a la a follow-up to event it announced last week, scheduled for May 1st.

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LG sent out official invitations to said event today, and they're not even trying to hide the star of the show: the Optimus G Pro is on its way to America. While the invitation does not announce any specific carrier partnerships, Sprint and AT&T both carried the Optimus G, so they're probably the best starting points.

Last year, LG did not actually announce carrier partners at its US launch event for the Optimus G, so we're not sure what to expect on May 1st. Perhaps LG will wait for CTIA to reveal just who will be selling the G Pro on this side of the Pacific, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

David Ruddock
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  • TY

    Looks more similar to the Japanese variant (5-inch, 3000mAh) than the Korean one (5.5-inch, 3140mAh). It should be a good S4 competitor with its large battery and excellent screen.

    • blairh

      It's going to be the 5.5" model. Only Japan will get the 5" G Pro.

      • TY

        Oh right, the speaker. Not bad either, a direct Galaxy Note competitor... more competition is always a good thing.

        • ProductFRED

          This thing has no S-Pen, and LG will probably abandon it 3 months into its life, like its other devices. It's no Note competitor.

          • blairh

            Bullshit. Stylus is not a deal breaker for most. Optimus G got JB. (Albeit very late.) This is absolutely a Note II competitor.

          • ProductFRED

            The S-Pen is a huge deal maker for a phone this large because it adds a LOT of extra functionality. The digitizer and stylus are made by Wacom. The phone can sense the stylus above the screen and take appropriate actions for example.

            And maybe you missed the memo but the Optimus G is alread EOL on Sprint.

          • blairh

            You'll see for yourself how much a stylus means to the general public when this device sells like crazy in America.

            Sprint is garbage. I was referencing the AT&T Optimus G.

          • ProductFRED

            I highly, highly doubt this thing will sell like crazy in America. Few people buy LG Android phones. They have a reputation for receiving minimal support, aside from maybe the Nexus 4 (which doesn't count).

            Also, an Optimus G is an Optimus G regardless of which carrier it's on. You can't say, "OH I MEANT THE AT&T ONE", because that one happens to not be EOL'd yet. I live in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in America, and I've NEVER seen one person with an Optimus G, from any carrier. The reason Sprint EOL'd the Optimus G is because it's not selling. Aside from maybe the screen resolution and the processor (which the average consumer won't notice), the Optimus G Pro isn't bringing anything new to the table. It's a great phone, just not a Note 2-killer.

          • blairh

            I could not disagree more regarding the future sales of this phone in America. You'll see soon.

          • Derail Doax

            I love how things have gone from being iPhone killers to Galaxy ___ killers. iPhones are over rated fancy calculators

  • Brandon Fletcher

    After having a Note 2 on Sprint since December, I bought my buddy's LG Optimus G (AT&T model) for cheap because I wanted to explore different GSM carriers. Being that I usually have to have the latest and greatest smartphone at all times, I had no idea that I'd fall in love with this 6 month old "piece of crap" (as he called it). Even though I've always laughed off LG's attempts at Android devices, this phone has made me a firm believer. Remember, Samsung SUCKED at updates and device fragmentation between carriers until just recently (the S3). I now understand why Google chose LG as the current Nexus maker. If LG will force SD support into their future phones, and not let the carriers push them around, they might have stolen me away from Samsung and HTC. I miss my stylus (I got used to using it for notes), but the phone has impressed me so much, that I can justify doing without it for now.