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Not One to Wait for Barcelona, LG Introduces G Pro 2 Smartphone

Why wait for Mobile World Congress? Early buzz starts now.

LG on Wednesday night announced its new flagship phone, the G Pro 2.

As it has in years past, the Korean phone maker is announcing key products ahead of Mobile World Congress, which takes place later this month in Barcelona.

Like its predecessor, the G Pro 2 has buttons on the back of the phone. It also packs a 5.9-inch full HD display, with a new Knock Code method for unlocking the phone. The latter is an evolution of the KnockOn feature that was introduced on the LG G2, which allowed you to wake the phone from standby mode and bring up the lock screen by tapping twice on the screen. Knock Code takes that idea even further by giving you the option of unlocking the G Pro 2 using one of 86,367 knock combinations.

The Android Kit Kat-flavored handset also has a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a bunch of new photo tricks, such as the ability to shoot and record 4K video at up to 120 frames per second.

Other features include a quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor, 16 gigabyte or 32GB storage capacity with a microSD expansion slot and a 3,200 mAH battery.

Pricing and availability were not announced at this time.

By unveiling the device now, the company gets a little bit of added spotlight ahead of Samsung’s expected debut of the Galaxy S5, as well as product launches from HTC, Nokia and others.

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