LG Optimus G Pro not for Australia

LG's new Optimus G Pro smartphone will not be released in Australia

LG's new Optimus G Pro smartphone will not be released in Australia, the company confirmed today.

The Optimus G Pro was unveiled in Japan earlier this week and will be sold through Japanese telco NTT Docomo. It has 5in, full HD screen with a pixel density of 440ppi, bringing it into line against competitors such as the Sony Xperia Z.

LG confirmed there are two different models of the Optimus G Pro that will be released in Japan and Korea, respectively, but said the device will not be sold in Australia.

"The Optimus G Pro is a Japanese model for the Japanese market and is different from the Optimus G Pro that will soon be launched in Korea, despite the same name," an LG spokesperson confirmed. "However, the Optimus G Pro is not planned for release in the Australian market."

The Optimus G Pro is an upgrade to the original Optimus G, which LG confirmed earlier this week will be sold exclusively through Telstra from March.

The Optimus G Pro has a bigger battery (3000mAh compared to 2100mAh) and a faster processor (1.7GHz compared to 1.5GHz) than the Optimus G, though it's 15g heavier and slightly thicker.

The Optimus G first went on sale in Korea last September and launched in most other global markets late in 2012. However, LG says the Australian launch has been delayed due to network testing requirements.

Most flagship smartphones set for release in 2013 are expected to feature full HD 1080p displays. A number of new devices will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event at Barcelona in February, the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry.

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