LG Optimus G Pro launched at Rs 42,500: Who are its competitors

LG yesterday launched the Optimus G Pro in India at a hefty price of Rs 42,500. The smartphone which has a a 5.5-inch screen and runs Android 4.1.2 build of Jelly Bean joins a long list of phablets that have entered the Indian market.

It has a 13-megapixel camera, quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor clocked at 1.7GHz and 32GB memory space and a microSD slot with 32GB as the limit. The front camera is 2.1 megapixels and the device supports wireless charging as well.

The smartphone comes with advanced user experience features such as Dual Recording and Virtual Reality (VR) Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a similar feature. VR Panorama allows shots of entire horizontal and vertical environments for a full 360 degree view.

LG Optimus G Pro in this photo.

LG Optimus G Pro in this photo.

In terms of features the smartphone is definitely a high-end smartphone but its price might be a little off-putting to users given that India is a very price-sensitive market.  We take a look at some cheaper competitors for this LG phablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8: Samsung launched the range of Mega smartphones in May in India, and the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a strong competitor for the LG Optimus G Pro. While it may not have a Snapdragon quad-core processor like the G Pro smartphone, the screen size and price put it in the running.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is priced at Rs 25,100 and has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera. The device supports NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G networks. It has 8GB Internal Memory, with a micro SD slot  that can be expanded to a maximum of 64GB. The RAM is 1.5 GB and in terms of processing speed it has a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor. This is a DUAL-SIM smartphone.

In terms of OS features, the Mega has one called ‘Group Play’ which enables content sharing for up to 8 devices (Samsung devices that support/have the feature ) on the same Wi-Fi network, ‘S Translator’ which provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email and also supports Samsung’s AirView feature which allows users to preview content without actually clicking or touching the device.

For those with an under 30,000 budget, this phone would on top of their list, given that its by a reputable brand and also has a giant screen.

Lenovo K900: This phone is priced at Rs 32,999 and will be available in Indian stores this month. The device also falls in the phablet category with a 5.5-inch screen and is probably the best competitor for the LG Optimus G Pro in terms of specs. The screen resolution is Full HD and has 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal memory.

It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. Both can shoot 1080p videos. The device runs on the latest version of Android, the 4.2 Jelly Bean. Lenovo also claims that at 6.9mm, the K900 is the thinnest phone in its class by a wide margin.

Intex Aqua Style: This one is another phablet with a 5.8-inch screen and a serious budget buy since it is available for Rs 8,990. The device has an 8MP camera with flash and 1.3-megapixel front camera to enable video calling.

It has a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB internal storage which can be expanded by up to 32 GB via microSD card. The 2500mAH battery offers talk time of 3.5 hours and standby time of about 100 hours, according to the company. This is a dual-SIM phone.

Nokia India to launch biggest Lumia by August end: Sources

Nokia, which is lagging behind rivals like Apple and Samsung in the global smartphone market, is set to launch its biggest-ever Lumia phone in India. Sources at Nokia told TOI that the company is planning to launch Lumia 625, the handset with largest touchscreen in its portfolio, in the second or third week of August.


The sources also told TOI said that Nokia Lumia 925, the company’s only metal-body smartphone, will also arrive around the same time.

Lumia 625 features a 4.7-inch screen, the biggest for a Lumia handset, but is a mid-range device. It has a LCD display with 800x480p resolution and 201ppi pixel density. The screen features the Super Sensitive Touch technology that allows users to use it while wearing gloves. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and Windows Phone 8 operating system. The company has included 8GB internal storage in the phone, along with microSD support up to 64GB.

The soon-to-be-launched Lumia 925, launched in May this year, is a flagship device with analuminium body and better camera than the Lumia 920. This phone appeared on Nokia India’s website in May, accompanied by a price cut for Lumia 920, the current top model for the company in India.

Details on the pricing of Lumia 625 and Lumia 925 remain unknown as of now.

Sources also said that the launch of Lumia 1020, which was unveiled recently and has a41MPPureView camera, is still far away. Though they did not give a time period for its launch in the country, it is likely to hit the market in September or October.

Samsung set to launch Galaxy Note III on 4 Sept in Berlin

Samsung today announced that it will be hosting a special event on 4 September in Berlin where it will launch a new Galaxy smartphone.

Most expect the Galaxy Note III will be launched at the event.

According to AllThingsD, the invitation is handwritten, an indication that the Note III could be launched soon.

Samsung will also host a Times Square event for reporters not travelling to the IFA, added the report on AllThingsD.  Samsung has also put out a notice about the event on its Facebook page and will broadcast the Berlin event live on YouTube.

According to the rumour mills, the Samsung Galaxy Note III will come with an Octa-core Exynos 5420 (eight-core processor)/Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080p display for a 5.7 or 6-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera possibly with optical image stabilization, LTE-A (LTE-Advanced), and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The smartphone could also come with better controls for the Stylus pen.

Benchmark tests for the Note III have also been spotted online, reported trusted Samsung source SamMobile.

However, the report on SamMobile said that the device is running Android 4.3 and the clock speed is around the 2.3GHz mark. The score was much lower than what the Snapdragon chipset is capable of, so there was a strongly possibility that this was a early prototype.

The Galaxy Note II was quite successful for the South-Korean giant which sold nearly 5 million devices of the phone within the first two months of its launch.