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Hands on: LG G Pro 2

updated 06:07 pm EST, Tue February 25, 2014

G Pro 2 uses 5.9-inch display with 3.3mm bezel, 4K video recording

LG has been demonstrating the G Pro 2 smartphone, the sequel to last year's G Pro that it unveiled just last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The smartphone offers a bright, 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a minimal 3.3mm bezel -- and a number of different camera tricks, among other upgrades to the predecessor. Electronista tried out the device to see if it stands up against the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The large-screened phablet is a bit of a handful to hold, considering its size, but it does attempt to do a number of things to allow users to control the phone with just one hand. The back cover is textured to help with grip, and it retains the signature rear-mounted controls located under the camera. In terms of software enhancements, sliding the thumb across the bottom of the display shrinks the screen to a realizable and moveable box, minimizing the amount of reach required to access all parts of the home screen.

LG G Pro 2
LG G Pro 2

The size of the screen is also taken advantage of by other functions, for example, holding the back software button brings up a menu that lets the user split the screen in half, and to put an app in each section. Even when using multiple apps in this way, the Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM makes everything move smoothly and quickly.

LG G Pro 2
LG G Pro 2

Just like the Xperia Z2, the G Pro 2 is capable of recording 4K or UltraHD video at 30fps using its 13-megapixel rear camera. It can also record a more-normal 720p video at 120fps, something LG suggests could be used for sporting events and other similar activities. The rear camera also attempts to take on the Lytro and its after-the-fact refocusing ability, with the similar "Magic Focus" option, something it accomplishes pretty well.

There is barely anything that could be faulted by the LG G Pro 2, at least in the brief period of time spent with the device. LG has created a viable option for future phablet buyers to consider aside from the Samsung Galaxy Note, and those who do not care for stylus input may end up having a tricky decision.

by MacNN Staff



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