For people like us (journalists), carrying around the correct equipment to cover all circumstances is often laborious due to the size and weight of the equipment. Like many people in the media we have longed for a piece of technology that can do all we need that is small enough to fit into a large pocket or a small bag. Many of the best smartphones currently available do a lot of what we need to but nowhere near everything. For example phones that do HD video recording generally do it at 30fps (frames per second), unfortunately the quality is just not good enough, we really needs a phone that does a minimum of 60fps combined with all the other everyday business capabilities. You can imagine how thrilled we were when LG told us about their latest smartphone, the G Pro 2, a phone that records at 120fps in HD with 4K Ultra HD recording coupled with a decent 13MP camera function – hooray!
With a stunning 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and extra slim bezel of 3.3mm, the G Pro 2 offers an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2%. A thicker, high-power 1W Hi-Fi sound that’s 30% louder than in the G Pro delivers clearer sound with more powerful bass. And to simplify the powering on and unlocking process, LG engineers developed a completely unique feature called Knock Code™ which makes unlocking and using the G Pro 2 easier and more convenient than ever before.
An evolution of the popular KnockON feature that was first unveiled last year in the LG G2, Knock Code allows owners to power on and unlock their G Pro 2 smartphones in one easy step by tapping their screens using one of 86,367 “knock” combinations. Thanks to LG’s intelligent algorithm and advanced hardware, the knock pattern can be entered on any area of the screen ― whether the display is turned on or off ― using anywhere from two to eight taps.
The G Pro 2 is the first LG smartphone to benefit from an enhanced 13MP camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) and advanced functions ideal for creating sharing content. LG’s proprietary OIS+ technology adds software anti-shake functionality to the acclaimed hardware-based feature already built into the slim camera module for the best photos and videos possible when in motion or in low light situations. What’s more, the sensors and lens of the rear and front camera on the G Pro 2 have increased in both size and sensitivity, for images that rival many standalone point-and-shoot cameras. Some of the other advanced image capturing features built into the G Pro 2 are:
A few highlights of the LG G Pro 2
120FPS HD Video Recording and Slow-Motion Editing: Records in 120fps HD and allows editing of video in three different speeds ― one-half slow motion, one-fourth slow motion and original
4K ULTRA HD Recording: Records video footage in ultra-high definition mode for playback on 4K TV sets
Magic Focus: After the shot is taken, user have the option to select the preferred depth of focus before saving. Users can also press the all-in-focus icon to make every object in the frame look their sharpest
Natural Flash: Offers more balanced color temperature and exposure for the most natural-looking photos compared to images taken with a normal flash
Flash for Selfie: Reduces the size of the preview screen and adds a bright white background for more “soft” lighting in self-portrait mode
Burst Shot: Takes up to 20 continuous shots and automatically edits them to create a video of the captured images
Gallery Collage: Allows users to select photos from their gallery to create a collage for easy uploading to favorite social network sites
We’re hoping that LG bring this phone to the market at a reasonable price point. With the specs revealed, this really should be a ‘game changer’ for the smartphone industry and could put LG in a dominating position.
By Paul Godbold (MIOJ)