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

LG Gx Front

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.

Product Review

The competition was fierce, and this is the best TV of 2018

With stellar picture quality, excellent ease of use, and rich features, the LG C8 OLED is the best TV you can buy in 2018, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is right for you. Check out our review to learn more.
Home Theater

Get ready to ditch your amplifier: New LG TVs add a powerful way to go wireless

WiSA, a wireless technology designed for high-end home theaters, might finally start seeing more love. LG's top-tier 2019 TVs will be WiSA certified, and that could mean a new wireless future for premium surround sound.
Smart Home

LG is rolling out the barrels at CES 2019 with a craft beer machine

Looking to get into the beer making game? With the help of LG, you can become a brewmaster at home. The electronics maker is rolling out the LG HomeBrew, an at-home beer making machine at CES 2019.

LG G7 owners experiencing dreaded bootloop will have to wait a few days for fix

If you’ve picked up LG’s flagship and it’s not behaving itself, then you might find a solution here. We’ve rounded up the most common LG G7 ThinQ problems and tracked down workarounds and possible fixes.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…

Puma revives its classic 1986 smart shoe, complete with high-tech heel hump

More marketing stunt than serious effort to dominate the smart shoe space, Puma is about to re-release its classic RS-Computer Shoe. The high-tech footwear from 1986 was a breakthrough at the time, despite its unsightly heel hump.
Smart Home

Uber Eats is testing a system for cheaper meal delivery

You know how Uber Pool offers cheaper trips if riders share a car? Well, Uber Eats is currently testing the same idea for meal delivery, and it could mean cheaper orders for customers.

New Apple Watch begins saving lives one week after getting EKG feature

The Apple Watch Series 4 was updated almost a week ago with a new feature that allows users to take electrocardiogram tests -- and already it seems like the new feature is saving lives.

The best smartphone stocking stuffers for a very techy Christmas

If you've got a tech-loving smartphone enthusiast to buy for, we can help you out. Here's a selection of top phone accessories that would make amazing stocking stuffers so you can have a very Merry Christmas.

OnePlus's 5G phone should arrive in May 2019, may cost up to $850

OnePlus will be among the first companies to put the new Snapdragon 855 processor into a phone, and will also release a separate and more expensive 5G phone in 2019 with the help of U.K. network EE.

Santa Claus is coming to town. Get ready with these Christmas apps

Like it or not, Christmas comes but once a year. Thankfully, we've got a list of the best Christmas apps to help get you into the holiday spirit, just in case you want to call Santa or become a Christmas elf.

Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 turns the Black Shark into a mini Switch

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has introduced the Gamepad 2.0 for its Black Shark gaming phone that launched earlier this year. The new gamepad is similar to the Switch Joy-Con, with one piece attaching to each side of the phone.

Google makes it easy to donate to charity straight through the Play Store

As we head into the holiday season, Google announced a new feature on Google Play that makes it a little easier to donate to charity. Through the new page, you'll be able to choose from a range of charities to donate to.

REI clearance sale extends discounts on Garmin, Fitbit, and GoPro devices

Beyond the things you typically expect to find at REI — like tents, skis, and jackets — there are tons of great deals on quality tech foryour outdoor adventures. From smartwatches to action cameras, here are the best tech deals.