LG outs the G Pro 2 phablet, but will it see release locally?

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While Australia sees its fair share of LG phones released to stores, we don’t get all of them, and LG’s first phablet, the G Pro, was one that escaped our grasp. But news has hit of its sequel, so the question is, will Australia see the G Pro 2?

Following up a phone we didn’t see, LG’s G Pro 2 has been pre-announced, ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Spain which is happening in the next couple of weeks.

The new handset is technically the third tablet-sized phone we’ve heard from the company, bringing a 5.9 inch screen size to an Android handset, and bundling it with a Full HD 1920×1080 IPS screen, 4G LTE, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, the Snapdragon 800 processor used in the LG G2 and LG G Flex, and more.

In fact, from the specs alone, it’s almost as if LG has taken the G2 and super-sized it, adding a few necessary features, such as microSD, the latest version of Android (4.4, KitKat), SlimPort video out, and a removable battery rated at 3200mAh.

A 13 megapixel camera is also included, capable of recording 4K videos, while Full HD gets to see slow motion video. You can still use this to take photos, with 20 burst shots possible, too.

From a design point of view, LG hasn’t pushed too far from what it did in the G2, keeping the plastic casing with buttons on the back, adding a “metal mesh” surface to make it feel more textured. A slim bezel also sits around the screen, giving the idea that the 5.9 inch display runs from edge to edge.

What we’re curious about, though, is if Australia will even see the release of this handset.

The first G Pro missed out on release locally last year, and would have been the company’s first tablet-sized phone, bringing a 5.5 inch Full HD smartphone to the market with similar technology to what Lg opted for in its G Pad tablet.

We’re checking with LG’s people in Australia to see if this new G-series phone will see release here, but given that it’s not yet the Mobile World Congress and this is a pre-announcement, we’d probably say LG’s lips are sealed.

Even if LG does talk, we’d say it’s unlikely Aussies will see it, and will have to settle with the similarly sized and spec’d G-Flex, which is heading to stores shortly.