LG may not attract the same kind of fanboi-driven mentalism that surround Apple and Samsung, the LG Optimus G is a very capable high-end smartphone.
The Optimus G2 should be equally impressive when it turns up later in the year, but in the meantime an unexpected new face has just surfaced over in Japan: the LG Optimus G Pro.
The Optimus Pro is the main attraction on an LG product slide that has been leaked to Engadget, and details what looks to be a very satisfying upgrade to the original Optimus G.
It's bigger, for starters, with the G's 4.7in WXGA having made way for a full HD 5-inch panel. The processor has been given a bump too, it seems, from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz, while the slide also reveals 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery.
Physically, the Optimus G Pro is a surprisingly chubby 10.1mm thick and weighs in at 160g, but to be fair the battery and internal storage quota probably have a fair bit to do with that.
With Android 4.1 on board it stands to reason that the Optimus G Pro should launch sooner rather than later. That's the good news; the bad is that support for a couple of Japan-only video standards hints that it may only be destined for Asian markets.
Maybe LG will do a bit of rejigging inside to make it Europe-friendly, as it would certainly help the days pass quicker as we wait for the likely Autumn arrival of the Optimus G2.