Samsung isn’t the first company to play the ‘midrange phablet that shares looks with a high-end one’ game with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Way before that Korean company took to doing such things, LG was doing them.
In 2013, LG’s flagship phablet was the Optimus G Pro, and it was complemented in the company’s portfolio by the G Pro Lite, a lower-end lookalike. And it appears that LG wants to do the same thing this year too. It’s already launched the 5.9-inch G Pro 2, so now we’re left waiting for a G Pro 2 Lite.
And by the looks of things, we won’t be waiting long. The G Pro 2 Lite has seemingly passed through the FCC, in its Verizon-bound iteration that is. Fret not, though, fans of other carriers – it will be offered by AT&T and Sprint as well. Verizon’s SKU has the model number VS880, AT&T’s is the D631, and Sprint will have to make do with the LS885. The first two of those first leaked all the way back in March, believe it or not.
The FCC has kindly provided us with the G Pro 2 Lite’s screen size, through its testing. The phablet will have a 5.7-inch display, so slightly smaller than the flagship’s (similarly to what Samsung is doing with the Note 3 line). The battery capacity is 3,200 mAh, so this handset should easily last one day of use, even in the most intensive of scenarios.
That’s especially likely given that the previously leaked rest of its specs are decidedly midrange, and as such shouldn’t tax the battery too much. The G Pro 2 Lite should come with 720p HD screen resolution (down from 1080p on the bigger G Pro 2), a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926), an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, 4G LTE, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. It’s 152.1 mm long and 79.2 mm wide.
So, compared to the G Pro 2, it’s going to be a downgrade in all respects aside from the battery. The CPU is the midrange part of choice these days, but it’s no match to the Snapdragon 800 in the bigger phablet, the rear camera is lower-res compared to the 13 MP unit in the G Pro 2, so is the front camera, RAM amount has been cut to a third, and the storage in half.
These could all prove to be worthwhile compromises if the G Pro 2 Lite will be aggressively priced. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.