By Stephen Schenck | October 10, 2013 11:07 AM
While LG’s been finding itself in the news enough lately, those most recent incidents have focused on things like the Nexus 5 or on this upcoming model with flexible display tech; what about regular old LG smartphones? Right at the end of September, we heard about an LG G Pro Lite Dual, a more budget-conscious version of the G Pro from earlier in the year, sacrificing resolution and processing power but keeping a big battery and camera. Today, LG finally goes official with the handset, dropping the Dual from its name and announcing the G Pro Lite.
Don’t get us wrong – even with the shorter name, the G Pro Lite is still a dual-SIM handset. It has a 5.5-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM, and runs a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek chip. There’s an eight-megapixel main camera with 1.3MP front-facer, removable 3140mAh battery, and 8GB of storage with the option for microSD expansion. As with the G2, you’ll find stereo speakers.
A slot on top of the phone holds its capacitive stylus in place, and you’ll find the phone packed with the same kind of LG software enhancements you’ll find on other recent models like the G2 – for instance, that knock-to-wake functionality.
Sales begin this month in Latin America, with availability all over Asia following later. LG hasn’t yet revealed a price, but it’s pretty clear from the hardware here that it’s trying to give users a cheaper phablet experience, maybe for when higher-profile options like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 are just patently unaffordable.