Larger screens are becoming all the rage, as we more towards an apparently standardized form factor of about six inches. And LG is no exception, with it’s new phone the LG Pro Lite. But unlike the Note 3, a flagship phone this isn’t.
Let’s start with the internals, which aren’t exactly cutting edge for an Android phone. The Pro Lite is packing a dual-core 1GHz Mediatek processor, a gig of RAM, 8GB of storage, and an eight-megapixel camera. In other words, it’s a low-specced phone. Even the screen is nothing to write home about; the 5.5-incher is just at 960 by 540 resolution.
Oh, and it comes with an onboard stylus, just to encourage those Galaxy Note comparisons. Just as telling is what’s missing; the highest this phone goes on wireless bands is 3G.
Not For The US Just Yet
If you’re wondering why, exactly, LG would roll out such an underwhelming phone, the short answer is that it’s not coming to the US first thing. Instead, this will be rolling out in markets such as Russia and Latin America. That said, a US debut is probably inevitable if for no other reason than LG’s phones can use something of a refresh to stay competitive, and it doesn’t look like they’ve got very much on the horizon aside from bendy screens for us to look at.
The good news is that a phone with these specifications is not a phone you’re going to be expected to pay a lot for. Although LG hasn’t announced any pricing yet, it’s clearly going to be relatively cheap compared to other phones, and it’s probably going to be cheap, period. So if you’re looking for a low-budget phablet, or just need a phone to use for a few months while you wait for something cutting edge to arrive, this might be a good fill-in phone.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.