LG G Pro 2

MWC is less than two weeks away and LG has decided to unveil its G Pro 2 phablet with Android 4.4 KitKat in advance.

LG is becoming a big player in the smartphone market with its Android handsets, the latest of which is the G Pro 2. The firm announced the new device, which is the follow-up to the 'best smartphone of MWC 2013' in Korea today instead of in Barcelona.

LG has also confirmed it will show off a LG G2 Mini at the show. See also: New smartphones to expect at MWC 2014: What will Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry launch?

The G Pro 2 is a phablet with a 5.9in screen which has a Full HD IPS panel inside a slim 3.3mm bezel – a screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent. Like the LG G2, the handset is powered by the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and it has a whopping 3GB of RAM.

A 13Mp rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) has the ability to record video in UHD 4k and 120fps HD recording. The latter means video editing in three different speeds. LG also says 'Magic Focus' means users can change the depth of focus of the shot after taking it, like the Lytro camera.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG, said: "Whereas in the early years of smartphones it was a contest to see how many features could be stuffed into the phones, our researchers took a long, hard look at how consumers were really using their devices in their daily lives and included just the most useful UX features. We think customers will agree."

"Knock Code is an example of LG bringing simpler, more convenient solutions to consumers' mobile lives," he added.

An evolution of the KnockON feature found on the G2 and G Pad 8.3, Knock Code allows users to power on and unlock the G Pro 2 by tapping the screen in one of 86,367 combinations. It's similar to the Windows 8 feature, picture password.

In interesting software feature is called 'Mini View'. This allows users to shrink the display size to between 3.4- and 4.7in to better use the phone one handed.

A price and release date for the G Pro 2 is yet to be announced and availability in markets outside of Korea has "not yet been determined".

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