It’s telling when a 5.5-inch screen doesn’t phase us as odd. The industry has been slowly creeping toward the preferred phablet craze, and nearly every device we’ve seen announced in 2013 has drilled into that phablet oil. Samsung has been a dominating force in the phablet world, not to mention the Android space overall. But companies, LG being one of them, have latched on to the same formula. Go big or go home. The LG Optimus G Pro goes big—up to 5.5-inches.

As far as phablets go, the Optimus G Pro is probably the nicest to hold. Unless: is the HTC One considered a phablet with its 4.7-inch display? The line is certainly being blurred. In any case, LG’s device feels pretty great in the hand. It isn’t particularly wide, so it’s easy to hold one-handed. That said, the G Pro does feel pretty hefty, enough to tangibly notice and say in the back of your head, “This is heavier than I expected.” Which is not a bad thing considering its size, but that is something to keep in mind.

The device is falling into a very familiar market by now. The fact that’s it’s big isn’t enough of a selling point in of itself. Phablets are a dime a dozen nowadays. Once we put it through its paces, use it for a week or so, we’ll get a better idea of how it fares against some of today’s biggest handsets.

LG Optimus G Pro Gallery:

LG Optimus G Pro Specs:

DISPLAY SPECS 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (401 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPE HD IPS
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.1 (at launch)
PROCESSOR 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
RAM 2GB
STORAGE
  • 32GB
EXTERNAL STORAGE Yes
EXTERNAL STORAGE SPECS
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
MAIN CAMERA (BACK) 13MP
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT) 2.1MP
NETWORK
  • GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSDPA: 900 / 2100
  • LTE
WI-FI 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth 4.0
BATTERY 3140 mAh
NFC Yes
CONNECTIVITY
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • Micro USB
SENSORS
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
HEIGHT 150.2 mm (5.91 inches)
WIDTH 76.1 mm (3.00 inches)
DEPTH 9.4 mm (0.37 inches)
WEIGHT 172 g (6.07 oz)
COLORS Black, White
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3
SUPPORTED VIDEO FORMATS MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/DviX