LG Optimus G Pro Shipping to U.S. in Q2

Samsung pretty much owns the phablet market with its Galaxy Note line, but now that device makers know there's a market for oversized handsets, you can expect some healthy competition. One of those competitors is LG, which as we already know is prepping a 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro device with an impressive assortment of hardware. It will make its official debut in just a couple of days.

According to SlashGear, the LG Optimus G Pro launches in Korea on Wednesday, February 20 via three wireless carriers, and then is bound for the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere around the world "sometime in the second quarter." That's a pretty wide time frame, though LG will probably share more details next week at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

LG Optimus G Pro

The LG Optimus G Pro measures 150.2mm by 76.1mm by 9.4mm and weighs 172g, ever so slightly smaller and lighter than the Galaxy Note II, which measures 151.1mm by 80.5mm by 9.4mm and weighs 183g.

It's said to come armed with a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor (though we hope that changes to a quad-core chip as found in the LG Optimus G), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot, 4G LTE connectivity, HDMI output, USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and of course Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The LG Optimus G Pro is also said to feature a "Dual Recording" system that allows both the front and rear cameras to shoot at the same time, a feature that could come in handy for panoramic photos.