With Mobile World Congress in Barcelona rushing up, we’re going to be seeing manufacturers all over releasing information on their latest and greatest handsets. LG is hoping to beat one or two to the punch with the surprise announcement of the LG G Pro 2, their flagship phablet. Wrapped around a whopping 5.9-inch, 1080p display, the G Pro 2 feels like a slightly larger Galaxy Note 3. Inside is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.26GHz, paired with an Adreno 330 GPU.
There’s also 3GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB of on-board flash storage, but you can expand it by another 64GB thanks to the microSD card slot.
LG hopes to improve upon the already decent camera from the last phone by bumping it up to 13MP and keeping the optical image stabilization. Add in a removable 3200mAH battery, and you’ll be able to take pictures for hours – and you just might want to, as the new camera can record both 120fps slow-motion video as well as 4K standard framerate movies.
The G Pro 2 has bezels measuring just 3.3mm wide, meaning that the 5.9-inch display doesn’t make the phone too much bigger than the G Pro, its 5.5-inch predecessor.
One of the coolest new features of the G Pro 2 is LG’s new KnockON unlocking tech. Building upon the double-tap to wake/unlock from last year’s LG phones, the G Pro 2 can be powered on and unlock by tapping a pre-defined pattern anywhere on the phone’s screen. LG says that the system can recognize codes of anywhere from 2 to 8 taps, resulting in up to 86,367 discrete combinations.
Pricing and worldwide release dates for the LG G Pro 2 have yet to be set, but we’ll be sure to get some hands on time next week in Barcelona.