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AT&T to carry LG Optimus G Pro for $200 and contract May 10

Super-size display of 5.5 inches is bigger than its 4.7-in. predecessor

May 1, 2013 03:41 PM ET

Computerworld - AT&T will exclusively sell the 5.5-in., quad-core LG Optimus G Pro smartphone starting May 10 for $199.99 with a two-year contract, the two companies announced Wednesday.

Pre-orders begin online Friday on AT&T's website.

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The quad-core LG Optimus G Pro smartphone will be available from AT&T.

LG released the previous version of the Optimus G in October on AT&T and Sprint. It also ran a quad-core processor, the Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocked at 1.5 GHz. The newest model also runs a quad-core Snapdragon processor, but it clocked at a faster 1.7 GHz with 2 GB of RAM.

One of the biggest differences is that the new G Pro has a 5.5-in. display, with 1920 x 1080 pixels for a full HD IPS (In-Plane Switching) display that is 400 pixels per inch. The older version has a 4.7-in. display at 1280 x 768, still true HD with what LG labeled as IPS Plus. Both displays are large compared to other smartphones, including the 4-in. iPhone 5.

The G Pro comes with a 13-megapixel full HD rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel full HD front camera. Both cameras can be recording at once so that images can be incorporated together in a frame. The previous model from Sprint had a 13-megapixel rear camera, while the AT&T version has an 8-megapixel rear camera. As with the older Sprint model, the new G Pro's rear camera lens slightly protrudes from the plane of the back case.

Another between the two versions is that the G Pro has a 3,140 mAh battery (for 15 hours of talk time), almost 50% greater capacity than the 2,100 mAh battery in the previous model. The Optimus G shipped with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but the newer G Pro will ship with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

The newer version boosts the storage capability as well, with 32 GB onboard, and expandable memory of up to 64 GB.

AT&T posted a video of the Optimus G Pro calling it "narrow and light," for a large smartphone.

LG's Tech specifications list the G Pro as 5.9 x 3 x .37 inches in size and weighing 6.14 ounces.

The Pro G will run on 4G LTE, now covering nearly 200 million people in 207 cities.

This article, AT&T to carry LG Optimus G Pro for $200 and contract May 10, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

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