LG to release full HD smartphone in SKorea

Feb 18, 2013 by Youkyung Lee
Models pose with LG Electronics' new smartphone Optimus G Pro during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. LG Electronics Inc. said its Optimus G Pro smartphone with a full high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week and hit shelves in Japan in April. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(AP)—LG Electronics Inc. said Monday its new smartphone with a full high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week before hitting shelves in Japan in April.

The Optimus G Pro smartphone features a 5.5-inch screen that packs over 2 million pixels, or twice as many as smartphones with HD screens.

The new Android-powered phone sports other upgrades including a camera that can shoot full HD videos and photographs.

The South Korean company, ., Corp. and other phone manufacturers are trying to make high-resolution screens a key feature in their new smartphones this year.

Full HD screens are more common in televisions but smartphone makers began to embrace them this year amid cutthroat competition. One in every two smartphones is made by Co. or Apple Inc., creating a hardscrabble fight among the second-tier of makers.

LG executives said their current goal is elevating the reputation of the Optimus brand after turning around the company's mobile communications business following years of losses.

The Optimus G Pro is available at 968,000 won ($894) without in without a mobile carrier contract.

The model will be on display at the annual mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain kicking off next week.

Once the world's No. 3 mobile phone maker, LG was the fifth-largest mobile phone maker by shipments in 2012 after Samsung, ., Apple and ZTE Corp., according to market research firm IDC.

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JRi
3 / 5 (2) Feb 18, 2013
Looks very much like my Samsung Note in white. Except better resolution and improved engine under the hood.
Still room for improvement tho, by cutting the frame area down or eliminating it altogether.
PPihkala
not rated yet Feb 18, 2013
Learn more about displays and realize that eliminating frames might be next to impossible.
JRi
3 / 5 (2) Feb 18, 2013
Never said it would be easy. Of course it would have already been done if easy. But for example, now when curved OLEDs are coming, the contacts may be added by bending them backwards. Who knows. I'm sure there will be progress made on this matter in the future.