AT&T to offer oversized LG Optimus G Pro Android phone

AT&T will make room in its lineup for another “phablet:” the LG Optimus G Pro.

This oversized Android phone has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and will cost $200 with a two-year contract. Pre-orders for the Optimus G Pro begin on May 3, followed by availability on May 10.

In the United States, the Optimus G Pro will be an AT&T exclusive, and it joins Samsung’s Galaxy Note II as the second phablet—a phone with larger than a 5-inch display—in the carrier’s lineup.

Other specs for the Optimus G Pro include a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. The phone also has a removable 3,150 mAh battery and a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of expandable storage.

For software, the Optimus G Pro runs Android 4.1.2, with a bunch of customizations by LG. Most notably, the phone’s “QSlide” feature allows users to open a handful of mini-apps on top of existing applications, such as a notepad and a calendar. It’s somewhat similar to the pop-up apps found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note II.

Comparison specs

Compared to the Note II, the Optimus G Pro has better tech specs, including a sharper display, double the built-in storage, and a higher-megapixel camera. It’s also $100 less expensive.

However, Samsung’s phablet has a built-in stylus and a multi-window mode that lets two apps run side by side. Samsung will likely leapfrog the Optimus G Pro later this year with the Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, but details are sketchy on features and launch timing.

Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note II

AT&T is now the second major U.S. carrier to offer more than one phablet.

Verizon Wireless offers both the Galaxy Note II and the LG Intuition, which has a 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio display. Samsung has proven successful with the Note II, so it’s no surprise that other phone makers are trying to compete.

The fact that carriers are now offering a choice of these gigantic phones suggests that the concept is more than just a fad, even as mainstream phones like the Galaxy S4 push toward the 5-inch mark.

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