LG Electronics-Optimus G Pro

By Lee Minji

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Inc. said Thursday it plans to roll out the Optimus G Pro in Japan this week, kicking off its global drive for the premium smartphone.

LG Electronics said it plans to release the full HD smartphone via Japan's largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, roughly two months after the Optimus G Pro hit local shelves.

In February, the South Korean smartphone maker rolled out the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, a follow-up model of its flagship smartphone Optimus G, through the country's three mobile operators as it joined the race for smartphones with bigger and brighter displays.

Sales of the Optimus G Pro broke the 500,000 mark in the first 40 days following its launch, becoming LG Electronics' fastest-selling smartphone.

The Japanese version carries a 5-inch, full HD display, 0.5 inch smaller than the model released in South Korea. It also features localized functions such as electronic money card system FeLiCa, according to LG Electronics.

"We adjusted the screen size after taking into account the needs of Japanese consumers and talks with local business partners," a company spokesman said.

The LG Electronics official, however, said the company is undecided on whether to introduce the smaller screen size for other overseas markets.

LG Electronics previously said it plans to release the Optimus G Pro in Japan and North America, two of the world's largest long-term evolution (LTE) markets, in the second quarter at the earliest. A U.S. launch schedule was not fixed.

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