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LG launches LG G Pro 2 smartphone with 4k video

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I wonder if it has UHS-II Micro SDXC support.
LG has launched the LG G Pro 2 in Korea and the new device's global launch is expected at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. With its 5.9-inch 1080p IPS screen the new model falls firmly into the phablet category and follows last year's Optimus G Pro in the LG lineup.With its super-slim bezel and controls on the back, the G Pro 2 follows the design language of LG's current top-of-the-line model, the G2, but offers another option for those users who prefer a larger screen than the G2's 5.2-inch variant. The new model also comes with an evolved version of LG's KnockON feature that we first saw on the G2. It allows you to power on and unlock the device by tapping the screen using one of 86,367 knock combinations. This works with the display on or off.

With 3GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor the G Pro 2 offers plenty of power for running even demanding apps, but what LG has to say about the camera module sounds interesting, too. Like the G2 and Optimus G Pro the G Pro 2 captures 13MP images - but according to the press release, the sensors of both rear and front cameras have increased in size. Unfortunately the size increase has not been quantified, but we will update this story as soon as we get further information.

Apart from the larger sensors, the new optical image stabilization system sounds promising. OIS+ combines optical IS with digital IS to achieve even more stable handheld shooting and smoother video. Other new camera features include the following:

120fps HD slow motion video

4K video recording

Magic Focus allows you to select the focus point in an image after it has been taken, similar to Nokia's Refocus app or the Lytro lightfield camera

Natural Flash aims for a more natural white balance when taking flash pictures

Flash for Selfie reduces the size of the preview screen and uses most of the screen as a soft white light to illuminate your self-portrait

Burst Shot takes up to 20 shots in a burst and automatically edits them to create a video of the captured images

Gallery Collage lets you create collages from images you select in your gallery

We are hoping to get an LG G Pro 2 into our hands soon to test the new camera features and give it our full review treatment.

Key Specifications:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.26 GHz Quad-Core)

Qualcomm Technologies’ Adreno 330 GPU

5.9-inch Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080) screen


16GB/32GB storage and microSD slot

13.0MP rear camera with OIS+

2.1MP front camera

3,200mAh removable battery

Android 4.4 KitKat

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Finally an Optical Image Stabilizer in a 4K smartphone.
After weeks of teasing us, LG has finally unveiled its successor to the "best smartphone of MWC 2013", the LG G Pro 2. LG's G Pro 2 features a 5.9-inch 1920x1080 display, and an 'extra slim bezel' of just 3.3mm. This provides the G Pro 2 with an 'industry-leading' screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2%.

It also crams in a thicker, high-power 1W Hi-Fi sound that is 30% louder than its predecessor, with more powerful bass, too. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera has been 'enhanced', which is now capable of shooting 4K video. The G Pro 2 features OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) and can shoot video at 120FPS, too.

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Great find Joe! That one could be mine. I currently have an LG G2 and just love it. This would be a great replacement!

I was wondering why the LG G2 was becoming harder to find. AT&T as an example is out of stock both in-store and online. This could be why.
I have Verizon Ken and they also carry the LG G2 so by the time my Verizon HTC Droid DNA two year contract expires in January 2015 they should have several 4K smartphones to choose from.
Joe, I still have my wife and son on Verizon and my LG G2 is actually a Verizon phone. I only switched to AT&T last week to see how their coverage is here. The motivation was saving almost $100/month with their new pricing plans that seriously undercut Verizon. So if I find the coverage is good, I'll switch everyone over to AT&T. The nice thing is I can take all our existing Verizon phones over to them with no issues. Two Iphones and my LG G2. So no contract and I can bail anytime.

I'm sure AT&T & Verizon will both carry the new LG. Interestingly it looks like the new one has a removable back, but that might be the Korean version. The same thing happened with the LG G2, the Korean version had a removable battery and the U.S. version was sealed. It didn't make too much difference since the battery life of the G2 is so good.
Joe, not sure if you were aware, but the just released LG Flex on AT&T also shoots in 4K. No OIS though.
Ken. I am hoping Verizon carries Sony by the time my 2 year contract expires January 2015 and they have a 4K version of their waterproof Xperia Z Ultra LTE .

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Joe, I always loved the look of the Sony phones, but they were never on the carrier I had. I'm not holding my breath we'll see them on either Verizon or AT&T.

Otherwise I'm going to take a close look at the LG Pro 2. I've probably been happier with my LG G2 than any phone I've had, so if the Pro 2 isn't too large, I'd probably go that way for the 4K & OIS.
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These days you can pretty much use any phone you want on any carrier and save a lot of money while doing it. Just buy the phone unlocked (pay full price) and then register it with an inexpensive MVNO that uses your desired carrier's network. So if you want to use Verizon, you register on PagePlus. If you want to use T-Mobile, you register on Lycamobile. Etc.
Hatch, I just switched to AT&T from Verizon and have taken both my phone and my wife's phone along with us. Shortly we will take my son's phone too. Converting the 3 phones (plus a Home Connect phone) to AT&T from Verizon is saving me $100/month. In addition, AT&T gives you a one-time $100 per line credit if you stay 45 days.

The only downside is that both my Verizon LG G2 and my wife's Verizon IPhone 5 cannot access AT&Ts LTE network. My son's IPhone 5S will have no trouble with LTE. Despite that, the HSPA+ speeds we are getting are very fast and seem very close to the LTE speeds we were getting on Verizon. The weird thing is that when you use the Speed Test app, it shows large differences in speeds between the AT&T HSPA and Verizon's LTE. Yet somehow it doesn't translate that way in practical use. Loading web pages, even if graphically intensive, seem almost the same.

It's not the first time I've noted this disparity between real world and Speed Test results. Even when we were all on Verizon, I would see one phone that clearly outperformed another on Speed Test, yet in practical use the 'slower' phone might have actually been faster in real world results. So I take Speed Test results with a grain of salt.
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Looks like Sony will be showing a 4K smartphone soon.
Sony's alleged successor to the Xperia Z1, thought to be codenamed Sony D6503 'Sirius', has now been shown off in an purported video.

The alleged video of the yet-to-be-announced Sony Xperia Z2 is two-minutes long, and supposedly showcases the new Xperia UI running Android 4.4 KitKat. The camera interface shown in the video also features the option to record videos in 4K.

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