After successfully launching in South Korea last month, the LG Optimus G Pro
has found its way to Japan through NTT DoCoMo, though it wields a smaller screen. For whatever reason, LG decided to implement a 5-inch display in Japan versus the 5.5-inch panel used in the South Korean market. LG didn't say why it went with a smaller form factor, only explaining in a translated press release that it was designed this way "specifically for the Japanese market." Go figure.
As the successor to the LG Optimus G (see our review
), the Pro model boasts a Full HD 1080p display resolution with ZeroGap Touch technology, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear-facing camera, 32GB of built-in storage expandable via a microSD card slot, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
It's every bit a high-end smartphone (we hesitate to call it a full-blown phablet considering the shrunken screen size, though 5 inches is admittedly still large), and it will land in the U.S. market sometime this quarter. As for exactly when, LG has yet to announce a specific release date.