LG Electronics Inc. said Monday its new smartphone with a full
high-definition screen will go on sale in South Korea this week before
hitting shelves in Japan in April.
The Optimus G Pro smartphone
features a 5.5-inch screen that packs over 2 million pixels, or twice as
many as smartphones with HD screens.
The new Android-powered phone sports other upgrades including a camera that can shoot full HD videos and photographs.
South Korean company, Sony Corp., HTC Corp. and other phone
manufacturers are trying to make high-resolution screens a key feature
in their new smartphones this year.
Full HD screens are more
common in televisions but smartphone makers began to embrace them this
year amid cutthroat competition. One in every two smartphones is made by
Samsung Electronics Co. or Apple Inc., creating a hardscrabble fight
among the second-tier of makers.
LG executives said their current
goal is elevating the reputation of the Optimus brand after turning
around the company's mobile communications business following years of
The Optimus G Pro is available at 968,000 won ($894) without in South Korea without a mobile carrier contract.
The model will be on display at the annual mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain kicking off next week.
the world's No. 3 mobile phone maker, LG was the fifth-largest mobile
phone maker by shipments in 2012 after Samsung, Nokia Corp., Apple and
ZTE Corp., according to market research firm IDC.