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LG replaces the Optimus G Pro with the LG Gx, spices it up with 4G LTE

You may remember when LG introduced the LG G2 smartphone, it abandoned the Optimus brand name of which it had been so fond, at least on its top-of-the-range hardware. Since then it has dropped the Optimus name from the Vu range with the Vu 3, and ignored it when the G Flex was announced too. Now it’s the turn of LG’s massive smartphone/tablet hybrid to undergo some rebranding.

LG has announced the LG Gx, its Optimus G Pro replacement. The G Pro was released shortly after Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and while the name change on the Gx is perhaps the biggest change, there are a few alterations beneath the skin. Sadly though, not everyone will be able to enjoy them just yet.

Before we get to why, here’s the Gx’s specs. The new phone has an IPS screen which stays at 5.5-inches and still has a 1080p resolution, and like the Optimus G Pro, the bezel is super thin, making it easier to handle than some big-screen devices. From the few pictures released, the design doesn’t look to have altered much either, and sadly LG has decided to leave the cool rear controls on the G2.

Powering the Gx is another quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, which matches the G Pro, but falls slightly short of the Snapdragon 800 inside the G2. The camera setup hasn’t been changed either, with the rear setup taking 13-megapixel shots, plus there is a forward-facing 2.1-megapixel camera for selfies. A version of Android Jelly Bean is installed, with LG’s usual interface over the top.

The remaining spec includes a big 3140mAh battery, 32GB of storage space, and NFC. So where’s the difference between it and the Optimus G Pro? LG has added 4G LTE connectivity to the device, but at the moment, the Gx is only confirmed for launch in Korea. Now, we doubt it’ll stay this way forever, as LG has pledged to release its phones internationally when it can. Perhaps the Gx will be part of its CES or MWC line-up early next year? We wouldn’t be surprised.