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We've known about LG's NYC event that's happening today for, well, a while now. We've also basically known that it's going to be about the Optimus G Pro here in the US, and that the device would likely be coming to AT&T.

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Looks like all the "rumors" were true (we definitely didn't already know that... right?) because AT&T just officially announced the G Pro. For those unfamiliar with the device, it's LG's Note competitor, and it's quite the beastly little (big) gadget:

  • 5.5" 1080p IPS Display (440 PPI)
  • 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 13MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera
  • 3,140mAh battery
  • Android 4.1.2

The G Pro will hit AT&T shelves on May 10th for $199 with a two-year agreement, but if you want to secure this next-gen behemoth before that, pre-orders will start on May 3rd. It's also worth mentioning that this handset is part of AT&T's new trade-in program, which could net you upwards of $100 in credit if you hand over your old smartphone.

NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and LG Electronics USA announced today the LG Optimus G Pro, available exclusively from AT&T, for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement beginning May 10.  LG Optimus G Pro is a powerful smartphone offering innovative solutions designed to help users creatively and more deeply connect, express and share their lives while providing the superior power and performance required to manage life on-the-go. Customers excited to reserve their Optimus G Pro can pre-order the device beginning May 3 at www.att.com/optimusgpro.  While supplies last, anyone who pre-orders will receive a free Quick Cover black folio case.

The LG Optimus G Pro comes packed with a host of high-performance features that refine mobile communication and help users better organize their lives. Backed by the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, users can access content and complete tasks faster than ever:

  • The brilliant 5.5-inch, 1920 X 1080 Full HD IPS display (400ppi) gives users more pixels and screen real estate to view and show off content.
  • The 13 MP Full HD rear-facing camera and 2.1 MP Full HD front-facing camera let users zoom in on even the most intricate of details and its unique Dual Recording feature allows simultaneous recording with both cameras for an amazing dimensional perspective.

The LG Optimus G Pro runs on AT&T 4G LTE, which currently covers nearly 200 million people; with plans to expand to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.  In a report**** by independent testing organization RootMetrics, AT&T's 4G LTE network was called "blazing fast."  The report found AT&T's 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.

"From engagements to weddings, to newborns to family gatherings and work to vacation, active and involved people require robust mobile technology designed specifically to support and enrich their lives," said James Fishler , senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. "LG Optimus G Pro is the ultimate device for creating, viewing and sharing media content, whether it be HD video in full 1080p or high-resolution photos.  This device offers a vast collection of features and capabilities for those who want and need the best multitasking functionality."

"The LG Optimus G Pro gives AT&T customers the ability to create and share rich content easily," said Jeff Bradley , senior vice president – Devices, AT&T.  "There's no better place to experience that content than exclusively on our 4G LTE network, the nation's fastest."

Whether users are multitasking industry professionals who require powerful recording and viewing capabilities or just want great mobile technology, LG Optimus G Pro provides the tools to capture important moments and share them with family, friends and co-workers.

With Dual Recording, users capture special and productive moments from both sides of life, all simultaneously on a single screen.  The combination of a powerful quad-core processor and 13 MP video camera lets you zoom in tight on the finest of details when viewing your recordings and helps maintain video playback quality and image resolution.

LG Optimus G Pro features a stylish ergonomic design with a narrow screen bezel delivering a more comfortable in-hand experience and great "pocketability."  Hardware features enhance productivity while providing fun, entertaining moments.  QuickRemote is a universal remote application that utilizes the built-in Infrared (IR) sensor, turns the device into a Universal Remote Control for use with compatible TVs, Blu-Ray players, cable provider set-top boxes and more.

The LG Optimus G Pro also comes packed with features designed to enhance and simplify your experience. With VuTalk™, users can draw and share fun and productive notes in real time*** between compatible devices, creating new ways for to express your creativity beyond traditional text-based communication*****. Using QSlide 2.0, you can also overlay up to two application windows on an existing open application, adjusting size and transparency as needed, for advanced yet convenient multitasking. For spur-of-the-moment thoughts or just to add some fun commentary to photos or screenshots, QuickMemo™ lets you take screenshots and add personalized notes, drawings and messages, then share them via social media, text or email.

Key Features

- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor with 2 GB RAM
- Expansive 5.5" 1080p Full HD IPS Screen (400 ppi resolution)
- Long-Lasting 3,140 mAh Battery
- Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Advanced 13 MP Full HD Camera with Dual Recording
- 2.1 MP Full HD Front-Facing Camera for Dual Recording and Video Conferencing
- Visually and Audibly Collaborate in Real Time with VuTalk
- QSlide 2.0 for Advanced and Convenient Multitasking
- Audio Zoom to enhance audio quality during video capture by focusing audio mics on the video target
- QuickRemote for Universal Remote Control
- Pocketable Ergonomic Design with Narrow Bezel
- Internal Storage: 32 GB on-board, support for up to 64 GB of expandable memory for a total of 96 GB
- Bluetooth® Version 4.0

Pricing and Availability

LG Optimus G Pro will be available for preorder online May 3 at www.att.com/optimusgpro and in AT&T retail stores May 10 for$199.99 with a two-year service agreement.

Beginning today, customers who trade in their recent model smartphone to AT&T may be eligible to receive at least $100credit** toward the purchase of a new smartphone, including the LG Optimus G Pro.  This brings the cost of the device down to$99.99 with a two-year commitment.

To take advantage of this offer, customers are encouraged to visit any AT&T company-owned retail store or participating authorized dealer with their previous smartphone that is no more than three years old and in good, working condition.  In stores, upon trading in their old phone, customers will receive the $100 credit on-the-spot and can use it immediately. ***

Some trade-in phones may have a value higher than $100.  In this case, customers will receive the credit at the higher value. 

* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Certain conditions apply.  Credit refers to a Private Label AT&T Promotion Card ("Card"):  This card is issued by MetaBank™ or CenterState Bank of Florida NA, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Requires trade-in of qualifying wireless device.  Card may only be used toward purchases of AT&T products and services in AT&T owned retail stores, at att.com, or to pay your wireless bill.  Card is not redeemable for cash and may not be used for cash withdrawal at any cash-dispensing locations.  Card funds are available for a minimum of 90 days after issuance, through the "Expiration Date" shown on the card.

*** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere.

**** Based on availability of AT&T 4G LTE in in 47 markets out of 77 total cities studied; ©RootMetrics®LTE Performance Report, March 2013. http://www.rootmetrics.com/special-reports/lte-performance-review/.

***** Must initially be established with a contact over a voice call

Design, features and specifications subject to change without notice

Source: PRNewswire

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • chris31jct

    It looks awesome but I'm hopeful that my phone will last until next Nexus comes out.

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

    Shame LG took the Samsung route. The LG Optimus G was one of the best elegant phones that came out last year without stealing Samsung image. I don't like the new road map they are taking to think they have to use to be sucessful. One could argue the case with Samsung and Apple in copying, but this is just a blantant copy.

    • ProductFRED

      I completely agree. Even as a Samsung fan, I have to admit the Optimus G is one of the first phones in a while that LG got completely right (well, except for putting the notification light where the power button is on the AT&T version). As a Note 2 owner though, I have to say that this IS just a blatant attempt at copying the Note 2, only they miss key features like the S-Pen, and a larger battery to make up for the 1080p screen.

    • trob6969

      Why are so many people concerned so much about the way a smartphone looks? It's a PHONE not a tuxedo...besides, they're ALL flat rectangles so of course they're going to look alike.

  • RaptorOO7

    Its worth taking a look at when it hits the stores next Friday, and oddly enough I will be back from vacation. So now I can compare the Optimus G Pro, S4 and HTC One. I am holding off until the S4 in 32GB arrives, but if AT&T fails me on this (which they could) I would have to look at the Optimus G Pro which I am not too keen on given LG's history of updates or lack there of.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    lol wut?

    How does this screen have a PPI of 440?
    Droid DNA = 5" + 1080p = 440PPI
    Galaxy SIV = 4.99" + 1080p = 441PPI
    LG Optimus Prime 4G LG Pro = 5.5" + 1080p = 400PPI?

  • Brandon Fletcher

    Does anyone know if this supports AWS (Band IV)? I would buy and unlock it for Tmobile, but I need HSPA+ support (non refarmed) in my area.

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