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A couple of days ago, we found out that LG's latest powerhouse, the Optimus G Pro, is going to be exclusively available on AT&T in the United States. We had our eyes on this device ever since David reviewed the Korean version and found it "decidedly superior to the Galaxy Note II in many ways."

The 5.5" 1080p device packs a competitive Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP/2.1MP cameras, and a 3,140mAh battery. Not bad, right? The only thing it seems to be missing compared to its two major competitors, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, is 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but chances are that by the time you are able to fully utilize that kind of speed, you'll be due for an upgrade.

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But back to the news at hand. As of a few minutes ago, the G Pro is available for pre-order from AT&T's site for $199.99. It ships on May 7th, three days ahead of in-store availability date of May 10th. I'm not sure why you would get a G Pro over an HTC One or an S4 as LG doesn't quite have the best track record when it comes to upgrades, but maybe that nice, large Note II-sized screen is going to win some of you over.

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If you decide to order, don't forget about AT&T's current $100 trade-in offer which would knock the final price down to a more manageable $99.99. In fact, according to our AT&T rep, you can stack multiple trade-ins, though I'm personally not 100% convinced that's going to work. If you do try to trade in more than one phone, feel free to let us know if things go smoothly.

Source: AT&T

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  • IrishSid

    errr.. no.

  • R EO

    I'm gonna preorder mine at the att store as soon as they open, so excited!

  • Derrick Hodges

    Common 5.5" Nexus!

  • RaptorOO7

    802.11ac is not a major concern and its just another spec, in the spec race OEM's like to toss around. So how many users have 802.11ac routers at home? Anyone? Okay how many coffee shops, airports, public wifi hotspots have 802.11ac. Chances are few and far between and even if they did you are still limited by the slowest point of your connection. The network you are connected to. If you are accessing the internet and unless you have Google Fiber at 1Gbps or something actually capable of delivering the 802.11ac speeds its not an issue.

    In a year or two something even better will be along and by then who really cares.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's pretty much what my conclusion was. However, personally I'm definitely getting an 802.11ac router this year, and I'd most definitely want to have a phone capable of increased transfer speeds.

      • RaptorOO7

        I can appreciate that, but will you really notice the speeds if you are moving small to moderate files. I guess you might.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I would definitely notice as I sync a lot of data to and from my phone. Pictures, movies (both shot on the device and movies I want to watch on the device), tv shows, ROMs.

  • Diony Eligio

    Would this work on T-mobile bands?

    • james

      more then likely it will work on t-mobile hspa+

      • Brandon Fletcher

        The at&t lg optimus g doesn't, unless you have the refarmed T-Mobile 1900mhz available in your city.

  • blairh

    "I'm not sure why you would get a G Pro over an HTC One or an S4 as LG doesn't quite have the best track record when it comes to upgrades, but maybe that nice, large Note II-sized screen is going to win some of you over."

    Are you serious? A 5.5" screen versus a 5" or 4.7" screen are two very different experiences.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I was more talking about the poor OS update history and trusting LG with updates at this point. I have the Note II myself, and I wouldn't consider the G Pro a huge upgrade, but people currently deciding on a their next smartphone with a large screen should probably go for the One or S4, IMO.

      • blairh

        Your concern over LG updates is valid however I personally don't think that's a reason to pass up the phone.

        It's also something that won't matter to most consumers. They don't know a thing about LG's update record and they'll go to AT&T and be impressed by the phone. It's the only Note II competition in America right now.

    • RaptorOO7

      Actually I was considering getting an S4, then AT&T/Samsung have failed to deliver the 32GB version and it could be months. I had the GN2, but the horrible amount of internal storage forced me to sell it.

      HTC One, not having a swappable battery or microSD and being under 5" display is a non-starter for me. HTC also does not have the best track record on updates and support, but they have finally designed a nice looking device. Too bad Verizon will never carry it.

      As for LG, they took a look at what Samsung did and improved on it. Sure the GN3 will be better AND it SHOULD be since its 6 months out just as the OG Pro is better since it was 6 months later.

      LG just pushed out the OG update to JB 4.1.2 from an ICS device that was launched in November 2012 on AT&T and the update rolled out in March (I think) so not bad timing wise.

  • paleh0rse

    I'm gonna have to check this out and compare it to the GNote3 when it comes time for my upgrade. If this gets great CM 10.1 support, it will be a serious contender. (Losing the S-pen that I have on my Gnote1 wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me.. I hardly use it).

  • Jeff Hesser

    Pre-order complete! I was really leaning towards the S4 but the upgrade from an S2 just wasn't feeling that great... Bigger screen, better camera, and faster yes but the G Pro seems to bring all of those great features plus a battery that should actually feel like a significant upgrade, wireless charging option, 32gigs instead of 16, and if software feels like an issue in the near future this one will likely be easier to load some custom roms on.

    • RaptorOO7

      I also find the LED Notification around the home button a useful feature, add the flip cover w/ battery door replacement and it also includes the wireless charging. I am not pre-ordering until I actually see one in person and can really compare stuff more closely.

      Still a solid device with an impressive spec sheet. I will likely pay retail for it $549.99 isn't bad at all that way I still have my upgrade available for later use :)

      • Jeff Hesser

        I completely forgot about that LED but that was certainly a bonus when I was reading about the device. Only real bummer is having to choose between the flip cover and the wireless charging. I don't currently have any wireless chargers so I'm betting the flip cover is going to win for a while. This announcement came literally the day before I could upgrade so I was very relieved to find an upgrade that got me genuinely excited.

        • blairh

          Flip cover is compatible with the wireless charger.

          • Jeff Hesser

            You sure about that? The wireless part is built into the battery cover and the case involves replacing that battery cover.

          • blairh
          • Jeff Hesser

            Nice! that explains why that thing is $50 when it's not being bundled.

          • blairh

            Honestly I would rather have a 2nd standard power/usb charger versus the wireless one. It charges quicker than the wireless one and it's cheaper.

          • Rainking

            The USB connector is not faster than the wireless charger.

          • blairh
          • http://www.facebook.com/christina.ouillette Christina Ouillette

            Just figured out that to use the folio case I have to remove the back of the phone, thought I'd share that in case anyone else was confused by that. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.ouillette Christina Ouillette

    Already ordered mine, had considered the HTC One but I wanted a removable battery this time. I keep my phone in an Otterbox, so looks don't matter, and updates don't really matter much to me either as I'm sure this version will do everything I need and more. Love the specs on this phone!

    • blairh

      I wanted to chime in on the Mashable review but for some reason it kept hanging when I tried to log in via Twitter. That Mashable review is an abomination and I'm glad you said what you did there. The photo alone of the reviewer is absurd. She didn't even bother to learn how to use the Quick Memo button. What an entire fail that whole thing was.

      Please let us know how you like the G Pro when you get it here. I'm expecting my pre-order to arrive on Tuesday. Really excited. I think the folio case is going to be great too. Just wish the spare battery and a charger for it were available right now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/christina.ouillette Christina Ouillette

        Wish mine was coming Tuesday . The earliest I'll get it is Thursday and probably not til Friday :-(

        • blairh

          I was wrong. The G Pro is shipping today at the earliest. Perhaps even tomorrow. I will not be receiving the phone until the end of the week, most likely.

          • http://www.facebook.com/christina.ouillette Christina Ouillette

            As an iPhone user of 6 years who has switched to Android for the first time, here are my observations so far:

            Love the bigger screen!Nice to not have to press a button to switch from letters to numbers, both are on the same kb. Like the little sounds. Quick and responsive. Netflix glitched, wouldn't resume my video, did a workaround. Video on Netflix and Youtube appeared slightly worse quality due to larger screen. People can hear me a lot better on the Optimus G Pro, great call quality.

            Love the back and menu buttons, big time saver. Enjoy swiping kb. Love the text editing on this phone, so much easier than iPhone!
            Voice recognition when I email or text is much, much better on Android! Amazing that it gets it right every time! This phone feels less breakable but i won't test that, I need an Otterbox case! Strangely, texts from iPhone contacts still go to my old phone when I'm on wifi.

            Definite learning curve here, but so far I'm glad I switched!

          • blairh

            Happy you are enjoying the Pro. For some reason AT&T is sending my phone via USPS and their website SUCKS at updating the status. I have an expected delivery for today however the actual location was last updated at 3 am and states it's in another state. Ugh.

            What do you mean by 'kb'? There is a way to disassociate your iMessages to your old iPhone. This is very important if you plan on selling the iPhone to someone.

            Strange that YouTube videos aren't in HD. You need to look into that. I want HD vids all the time.

            How is the battery life? Engadget had bad things to say but their battery testing is so dumb. Phone Scoop and CIO have praised the G Pro battery life in their reviews, so I'm not concerned.

          • http://www.facebook.com/christina.ouillette Christina Ouillette

            kb is the keyboard lol, still amazed by the accuracy of both the swiping and the voice recognition. Battery life, hard to say, I've been playing with it all day and I charged it for awhile but not completely, and there's about 1/2 left. This is with the screen at full brightness which I prefer. I also downloaded the free flashlight, and it is super-bright! I'm sure once programs are optimized for this phone, we'll see better quality video. Good luck, hope yours arrives tomorrow!

  • sal c

    Anyone know if the ATT Optimus G Pro if unlocked will work with the Rogers carrier lte bands here in Canada?

    • blairh

      Rogers operates on bands 4 and 7. The G Pro operates on 4 and 17. I believe your LTE coverage will be spotty because you don't have coverage for band 7, but I'm not 100% sure.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks#Americas

      • sal c

        Damn that bites! Well guess I'll have to wait and see if they will send one this way on rogers or any other major Canadian carrier

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