LG G Pro 2 Launches in Singapore, and we like it

LG Electronics Singapore today announced the
availability of the LG G Pro 2, the successor of the award winning LG G2 and LG G Pro.  Read past the break to see what we thought of it at the launch event yesterday.

The LG G Pro 2 is LG’s latest flagship smartphone that is packed with the most innovative and advanced technology that features a large 5.9” state-of-the-art display and enhanced User Experience (UX) features – and unlike their South Korean competitor Samsung, they actually make them useful. Let’s see the specs, shall we?

 

LG G Pro 2

Sony Xperia Z2

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Display 5.9” 1080p IPS LCD display 5.2” 1080p IPS LCD display 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED display 5.7” 1080p Super AMOLED display
Camera 13 MP, 1/3 inch sensor, OIS 20.7 MP, 1/2.3 inch sensor 16 MP, 1/2.5 inch sensor 13 MP, 1/3 inch sensor
Video Recording 2160p/4K 2160p/4K 2160p/4K 2160p/4K
Processor 2.3 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Battery 3200 mAh 3200 mAh 2800 mAh 3200 mAh
Other KNOCKcode IP68 rating IP67 rating S-Pen

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With a  5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and extra slim bezel of 3.3mm, the LG G Pro2 offers an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2%. Don’t let this fool you though. The device is still very compact for the display size – it’s just 6mm taller and 2mm wider than the Note 3.

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Left: Sony Xperia Z1, Right: LG G Pro 2

A richer, high power 1W Hi-Fi sound that is 30 percent louder than the G Pro delivers clearer sound with a more powerful bass. It is still devoid of side buttons – the power and volume keys are at the rear like their G2.

Left: Sony Xperia Z1, Right: LG G Pro 2
Left: Sony Xperia Z1, Right: LG G Pro 2

Sadly though, the device is still completely plastic, though the mesh backing looks and feels better than glossy plastic. That cannot match up to the premium feel exuded by the aluminium and glass backing available from competitor devices.

The G Pro 2 (top) is 0.2mm thinner than the Xperia Z1 (bottom).
The G Pro 2 (top) is 0.2mm thinner than the Xperia Z1 (bottom).

Still, there is a silver lining. The massive, long-lasting 3200 mAh battery from the LG G2 is back, and now it’s removable. That’s right. Battery life just got longer.

To simplify the powering on and unlocking process, LG
engineers developed a completely unique feature called KNOCKcode, successor of KnockON, which makes unlocking and using the LG G Pro2 easier and more convenient than ever before.IMG_4045

“The KnockOn function is one example of a feature from the LG G2 that was well received with our consumers. Learning from you, we have enhanced and improved this feature, now known as KNOCKcode, bringing simpler and more convenient solutions to our consumers’ daily lives,” said Mr Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore.

An evolution of the popular KnockOn feature that was first unveiled last year in the LG G2, KNOCKcode allows owners to power on and unlock their LG G Pro2 smartphones in one easy step by tapping their screens using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. Thanks to LG’s intelligent algorithm and advanced hardware, the knock pattern can be entered on any area of the screen — whether the display is turned on or off — using anywhere from two to eight taps.

The OIS from the LG G2 has also been improved upon. Now known as the OIS+, we couldn’t really understand what the improvements were over the standard OIS found in the G2.

G Pro 2 video modes

The camera has also seen other improvements. It now has:

  • 120FPS HD Video Recording and Slow-Motion Editing: Records in 120fps HD and allows editing of video in three different speeds — one-half slow motion, one-fourth slow motion and original
  • 4K ULTRA HD Recording: Records video footage in ultra-high definition mode for playback on 4K TV sets
  • Magic Focus: After the shot is taken, users have the option to select the preferred depth of focus before saving. Users can also press the all-in-focus icon to make every object in the frame look their sharpest
  • Natural Flash: Offers more balanced color temperature and exposure for the most natural-looking photos compared to images taken with a normal flash

As much as one would want to say so, these features are not gimmicks. While the 120 FPS recording is only available at 720p, it is a very welcome feature to have in your device. 4K recording, introduced in the Galaxy Note 3, is also featuring in the G Pro 2.

What are more useful are the latter two features. Magic Focus works perfectly as stated, and while it takes a longer time than usual to compose the image, it ends up being a god-send. No more of those group shots with your friends out of focus.magic focus

Natural Flash similarly is useful, though less original. Following Apple’s True-Tone flash, the flash in the G Pro 2 offers a more realistic image under flash, though the samples they showed us could not match up to the non-flash shots of the Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020. The G Pro 2 also comes with a front-facing flash, aptly named “Flash for Selfie”.

In addition to the latest components, the LG G Pro 2 also boasts a collection of upgraded features that complements today’s mobile lifestyle where much of the information we need is in the palm of our hands or in our back pockets. Some of these new UX features include:

  • Content Lock: Provides users more security with the ability to lock files, photos, videos and memos with a unique password
  • Mini View: Enables users to comfortably use the LG G Pro2 with one hand by shrinking the display to a size ranging from 3.4 inches to 4.7 inches, depending on the user’s preference
  • Dual Browser: Divides the expansive screen into two separate browser windows for more convenient surfing
"Mini view"
“Mini view”

The LG G Pro2 will be available at all M1, Singtel, Starhub and other authorized LG mobile retailers at the end of March this year at a recommended retail price of S$828. Watch out for a review of this device, but in the meantime, leave comment if you’ll be purchasing this device!

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