LG's 5-inch Optimus G Pro launches in Japan

South Korea gave the Optimus G Pro a reasonably warm reception after debuting, and now LG's hoping to pull off a similar victory in Japan. Those in the Land of the Rising Sun can now pick up the smartphone from NTT DoCoMo. Though the handset bears the same name as its Korean counterpart, it forgoes a 5.5-inch 1080p display for a smaller 5-inch screen with the same resolution. In case you're in need of a refresher, the hardware runs Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 Processor and 2GB of RAM flanked by a 3,000mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear shooter, 2.1-megapixel front-facing cam, 32GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot. LG still hasn't pinned down just when in Q2 the phone will launch in North America, but with a Japanese release behind it, a US arrival shouldn't be far off.

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JAPANESE VARIANT OPTIMUS G PRO MAKES ITS DEBUT

Featuring Full HD IPS Display , High Capacity Battery and Advanced User Experience

SEOUL, April 4, 2013 – Following its successful launch in Korea, LG's Optimus G Pro is now available in Japan through NTT DOCOMO. The 5-inch Optimus G Pro - with Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon™ 600 Quad-Core processor and Full HD IPS display - sports a smaller form-factor than the device that was launched in Korea last month, designed specifically for the Japanese market.

The Optimus G Pro shows off its Full HD IPS Display with Zerogap Touch for the first time in the Japanese market. The large,5-inch (440ppi) display provides rich, crisp text, sharp images and wide viewing angles thanks to LG's display leadership demonstrated through the Full HD IPS and Zerogap Touch technologies. And with Qualcomm's advanced Snapdragon 600 at its core, the Optimus G Pro offers smooth and seamless performance unmatched in today's industry.

Continuing the Optimus G design heritage, the Optimus G Pro maintains a subtle, yet attractive checkerboard-like pattern in the back as well as a minimum bezel to offer a comfortable one-hand grip. Optimus G Pro's esteemed design is complemented by its exclusive user experience (UX) functions, such as Dual Recording and VR Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to place themselves in a video as they record with the front and rear cameras simultaneously and VR Panorama provides a full 360 view of one's surroundings, not just a wide landscape view.

Optimus G Pro comes with refreshed versions of innovative functions already popular among Optimus G users, including QSlide, QTranslator and QuickMemo. LG designed all of Optimus G Pro's functions with its Optimus User Interface (UI) in mind, which facilitates ease of use and simple device management.

"The Optimus G Pro showcases LG's leadership in display technology with its Full HD IPS Display and differentiated UX functions," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With a combination of style and a unique mobile experience, Optimus G Pro carries on the premium heritage of the entire Optimus G series."

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LG's 5-inch Optimus G Pro launches in Japan