LG is slated to introduce its next phablet at Mobile World Congress to succeed the original LG G Pro, which is offered on AT&T Mobility in the U.S. The LG G Pro 2, as it is currently dubbed, will come with much improved features than the original, and here’s what we think we know so far.
Hopefully, we’ll have confirmation from LG in a few short weeks as MWC kicks off. For now, we’ve compiled some of the noteworthy rumors about the LG G Pro 2, which should help paint a better picture of the phone before LG announces it.
Turn Up the Thump
LG had improved the audio fidelity of the speakers on its smartphones tremendously with the release of the current LG G2 flagship last year. It looks like the LG G Pro 2 will continue that tradition, and with a larger footprint, LG could cram an even better speaker into the G Pro 2. Given that the LG G3 2014 flagship is due out later this year, the LG G Pro 2’s new and improved sound system, which could produce better thumping bass, is a sign of what’s yet to come for the G3.
A report on Korean-based ETNews suggests that LG will outfit with G Pro 2 with better bass output, 30 percent more sound, and fuller audio than the original LG G Pro. Additionally, there will be a dedicated music app called Smart Listening that will allow users to adjust the audio. The speakers will be a 1W powered speaker with 0.5 mm thicker bass to produce richer, fuller, cleaner audio. This would be a first of its kind on a smartphone.
Given that rival HTC has been focused on the music experience with its Beats Music partnership, the HTC One and rumored HTC One 2 (M8) may have some competition this year from LG’s in-house solution. HTC’s Beats Music profile boosts the bass on the company’s One series smartphones and also the BoomSound audio brings rich stereo sound output to the front of the device, making the HTC One a great movie watching companion.
A confirmed bit of information about the LG G Pro 2 is that it will have an even better optical image stabilization mechanism for the camera. For the consumers, all this technical mumbo jumbo translates to two things–better low light photographer and shake-free video recording.
Given that LG Electronics Korea had confirmed that the LG G Pro 2 could record video in up to 4K Ultra HD resolution, the “OIS Plus” mechanism on the phablet should be very much welcomed. After all, any shake on the camera will only be magnified stronger on a crisper, larger, UHD TV display. No one wants to get seasick when trying to re-live memories of their child’s first steps.
Other features include slow motion video recording, a popular feature of the iPhone 5s from Apple, 20-photo burst shots, and a brighter front-facing 2-megapixel camera for selfies in even darker okaces–spelunkers rejoice!
Given that the LG G2 had one of the better OIS mechanisms when we reviewed that smartphone, but it still trailed behind the excellent Nokia Lumia 1020’s OIS, we’re definitely interested to see the improvements that LG is making to take OIS to the next level. OIS will help the camera take pictures in low light and have a pretty illuminated photo–rather than dark shadows–even without the need for flash.
A Phone Without Borders
With a crisp 1080p display, the thing that will set the G Pro 2 from the competition is that it’s a nearly border-free phone. By slimming down the side bezels to being almost non-existent, LG is showing that the display itself takes up to 77.2 percent of the front face of the phone.
So what does all this? On the upside, you’ll be able to fit the near-6-inch smartphone more comfortably into your pockets as it will take up a smaller footprint than comparable 6-inch offerings, like the HTC One Max and the Nokia Lumia 1520, both with 6-inch displays that have more chunky borders around the display.
On the downside, the ergonomic of the phone may be a little compromised. Try to hold a phone without borders and you may find yourself accidentally pressing the display more. Unless Android comes with intelligent software to know if you’re intending to touch the display or if your fingers brush over the screen when you’re trying to hold an unwieldy, large display, then you may find yourself tapping on things you don’t intend to frequently.
The Nuts and Bolts
LG is likely going to continue to extend the LG G2’s design by placing the power and volume keys towards the rear of the phone. Coupled with a smaller footprint and larger screen thanks to smaller side bezels, you can expect this to be a compact phone with a large display.
Additionally, other specs that are rumored for this device include a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor–the same one in the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the U.S.–3 GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and juggling multiple opened apps at the same time, and a full HD 1080p display. This last part means that the G Pro 2 won’t have a better QHD resolution screen that’s rumored for some of the best flagship phones for 2014. Perhaps, LG is reserving that honor for its rumored LG G3 flagship smartphone that is believed to debut later this year.
The LG G Pro 2 will compete in an increasingly crowded phablet market with the likes of the HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.