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LG debuts Optimus G Pro ahead of Mobile World Congress

The Korean handset maker introduces a 5.5-inch version of the flagship smartphone.

The 5.5-inch LG Optimus G Pro will take the fight directly to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

LG, seemingly unable to keep a secret, today teased a 5.5-inch version of the Optimus G Pro.

Presumably arriving in late February at Mobile World Congress, the handset aims to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

A teaser image posted on an LG Facebook page provides an early glimpse of the larger, yet familiar design. Although the official details for the 5.5-inch handset are light, early rumors suggest that a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera are in order. For all practical purposes, the new phone looks to be a larger take on the model headed to Japan this spring.

As the fourth LG phone outed this week, the LG Optimus G Pro will find a home in South Korea in the coming weeks. It is unclear what others markets might offer the new smartphone. We hope to learn the full details for the new line of Optimus handsets at Mobile World Congress later this month.