Today, LG took the wraps off its Optimus G Pro, a 5.5-inch version of the 5-inch Japanese version. LG will provide more information about the Optimus G Pro at Mobile World Congress later this month. The handset aims to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which uses a 5.55 inch screen with 1280×720 resolution, and a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU.
Although the official details for the 5.5-inch handset are light, early rumors say it features a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera. The LG Optimus G was the first quad-core processor in a US smartphone. It uses a Qualcom S4 Pro APQ8064 and became the basis for the design of the multi-national Google Nexus 4.
Smartphones that support international LTE bands, including PCS, AWS, and 2.6 GHz, may have an advantage if they’re not restricted to US LTE bands in the 700 MHz band. China Mobile is currently conducting large-scale trials in thirteen cities and is waiting for a licence from the government to be allowed to offer the services on a commercial basis.
HTC is gearing toward launching the HTC M7 aka HTC One X+ at events taking place in London and New York. The M-7 camera will be made up of three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers combined to give a resulting single image.
The Galaxy S4 may feature eight processor cores, according to EE Times, double the amount of processor cores in the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and S3 handsets, which are based on quad-core chipsets. The chip and ones like it from Qualcomm, Nvidia and others will roll out in 2013, competing for sockets in tablets with Intel’s 22-nm Haswell.