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.

LG launches G2 smartphone, makes Samsung Galaxy S4 look old

The LG G2 smart phone is on display during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York.

NEW DELHI: LG on Wednesday announced G2, its new flagship Android phone. The device, which will be available gradually introduced in various markets worldwide in the coming months, will compete withSamsung Galaxy S4 as well as the upcomingSamsung Galaxy Note III and the nextiPhone.

The key feature of G2 is its placement of power and volume buttons. Unlike the traditional smartphones, G2 has these buttons under the main camera module on the back cover.

According to LG, the “rear key” concept was implemented because it found that users feel uncomfortable in reaching out to side buttons while using big phones. “Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gives users more control since this place is where individuals’ index fingers are naturally (placed),” the company said in a press note.

To make sure that G2 has enough horsepower to stay in the market, LG has equipped it with top of the line hardware, which includes a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor. On paper this is even more powerful than the octa-core processor found in Galaxy S4 sold in India.

LG said that based on its research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, G2 offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.

“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications, “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

According to LG, its new phone also uses dedicated graphics RAM, which should help it get better battery life compared to the phones sold by its competitors achieve.

Though LG has fallen behind in the smartphone race compared to its Korean neighbour Samsung, it is picking up the pace. Helped by its association with Google for the Nexus 4 phone, the company has managed to create a buzz around its smartphones again. Nexus 4, Optimus G Pro and Optimus G have done well in the market. LG is hoping that with G2 it can accelerate the recovery.

Key specs 

Processor: 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm S800 Display: 5.2-inch FullHD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels/423 ppi) Memory: 32GB/16GB RAM: 2GB DDR3 Camera: Rear 13MP with OIS/Front 2.1MP Battery: 3,000mAh Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm Colors: Black/White

LG unveils new device in smartphone war

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone LG G2, the first smartphone introduced under LG’s new “G” Series for premium devices, exemplifying LG’s aim to bring forth more customer-centric innovations.

 

Nearly 700 guests from over 30 countries converged at the renowned Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Centerin New York for the global introduction of the device. Based on LG’s research of consumer lifestyles and behaviors, the smartphone offers users more real-life benefits such as ergonomic design, practical functions and an intuitive user experience.

 

“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of  the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, who welcomed the guests to the event. “We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

 

New Perspective in Smartphone Design

The LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. The LG G2 shifts the paradigm in smartphone design by placing all the buttons on the rear of the device, making this the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The unique Rear Key concept came from the realization when studying users that the larger the phone became, the more difficult it was to properly access the side keys. Moving the main buttons to the back of the phone gave users more control since this place was where individuals’ index fingers are naturally located. Researchers found that moving the buttons also resulted in fewer dropped phones when adjusting the volume while talking.

 

Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows users to launch QuickMemoTM and the camera, making note taking and photo capturing even easier than before. And if the LG G2 is lying on a surface face up, there’s no need to lift the phone to access the power button on the back. With KnockON, the LG G2 can be powered on simply by tapping twice on the display.

 

Edge-to-Edge Display and Best-In-Class Power Capacity

LG upped the ante by incorporating a 5.2-inch Full HD display in the LG G2, the largest display designed for one-handed operation in today’s popular 2.7-inch width smartphone category. In addition to the expansive viewing experience, LG’s innovative Dual Routing technology reduced the phone’s bezel to a mere 2.65mm on the side edge. And with proven IPS technology, the LG G2 offers superior graphics, accurate colors and clear images without any distortion.

 

For more efficient energy usage, the LG G2 employs Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology. GRAM reduces the display’s energy use by up to 26 percent on a still frame and increases overall usage time on the device by approximately 10 percent. And with a generous 3,000mAh battery that is thoughtfully designed to take maximum advantage of the interior space, the LG G2 is more than ready for a full day’s work or play.

 

OIS and High Resolution for Great Pictures

The LG G2’s high-resolution camera comes equipped with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology to prevent blurring, allowing for clearer, brighter and sharper images even when in motion or shooting in dim environments. Most current smartphone cameras with OIS tend to offer resolution in the 4MP to 8MP range. The G2 is unique in that it offers 13MP and OIS technology in a slim design without a protruding lens. And features such as Super Resolution and Multi-point AF help keep everything in focus, just like a standalone point-and-shoot digital camera.

 

Studio Quality Hi-Fi Sound

In recent years, there has been an increase in consumer demand for superior sound in smartphones as high-quality multimedia content becomes more ubiquitous. Smartphones have become hubs for entertainment of all kind — TV shows, movies, games — and consumers expect the sound to be just as good as the image. The LG G2 is the first smartphone on the market today to feature 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound, far superior to a CD. Now consumers can hear a level of audio realism that hasn’t been possible before in a smartphone.

 

Practical UX Connected to Everyday Life

Research shows that the most frequently used smartphone features are the most basic ones that users often take for granted such as SMS, social networking, directions and of course, making phone calls. The LG G2 comes with a number of compelling user experience (UX) features that provide the most practical value by focusing on a smartphone’s most popular tasks:

 

– Answer Me — Automatically answers the call after lowering the ringtone when the phone is raised to one’s ear.

– Plug & Pop — Recommends options or related features to choose from when the earphone or USB cable is detected.

– Text Link —Allows information embedded in text messages to be selected and easily saved in a memo or calendar and searched on a map or the internet.

– QuickRemote — Not only can LG G2 be used to remotely control popular home entertainment devices, it can also learn from conventional remotes and be customized to operate multiple devices with flexible layouts and keys.

– Slide Aside — Enables easier multitasking by simply “sliding” open apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe.

– Guest Mode — Protects owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone with a secondary unlock pattern.

 

Unmatched Performance with Next Generation LTE

The LG G2 runs on the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor and redefines the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Through a long-term partnership collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, LG was able to deploy the chipset integrated perfectly with the LG G2 hardware to offer powerful and yet stable performance.

 

Following the global launch event in New York City on August 7, the LG G2 will be rolled out in over 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. Specific dates for market availability will vary by region and carrier.

 

Key Specifications:

  • – Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 featuring quad Krait CPU
  • – Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi)
  • – Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • – RAM: 2GB LPDDR3 800MHz
  • – Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS / Front 2.1MP
  • – Battery: 3,000mAh
  • – Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • – Size: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • – Colors: Black / White