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LG G Pro 2 Release Date, Features & Specs: 'Knock Code' to Replace Passwords With Screen Taps

First Posted: Feb 14, 2014 02:30 AM EST
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The Korean firm LG unveiled yesterday the LG G Pro 2, a phone and a tablet (a phablet!) with a 5.9-inch full HD screen, PC World reports. With a thickness of 8.3mm, the G Pro 2 is lightly slimmer than its predecessor.

The new smartphone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. This provides 3GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It's also 30% louder than the G Pro due to its 1W speaker.

The Daily Mail reported that aside from its technical features, the G Pro 2 also boasts of a special security system that allows users to unlock the device without looking at it. The Knock Code is a security feature designed to unlock the phone through a series of taps on its body.

Using an invisible grid, the feature can recognize over 86,000 tap combinations. These combinations, which can consist of anything between two to eight taps, can unlock the phone even if the screen display is turned off.

According to Dr. Jeong-seok Park, LG's President and CEO, "Knock Code is an example of LG bringing simpler, more convenient solutions to consumers."

For the CEO, creating smartphones shouldn't be a competition to see which phone maker can put the most number of features in a handheld device. He believes smartphones should be simple and practical for the consumers.

"Whereas in the early years of smartphones it was a contest to see how many features could be stuffed into the phones, our research 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," Park explained.

As of the moment, the G Pro 2 is exclusively available in Korea, according to PhoneArena. It will make its debut in the Asian market by March and is expected to hit the U.S. and European markets sometime after April of this year. Cho Sung Ha, LG's Head of Sales for Korea, explained that the reason behind the varying release dates is due to a study conducted by LG which revealed that Asia holds the highest demand for phablets.  

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