LG unveils G Pro Lite phablet with 5.5-inch display

A pared-down version of G Pro, the new device offers the same screen size but with a lower resolution.

LG's new G Pro Lite.
LG Electronics

LG has given birth to a baby brother for its LG G Pro phablet.

Dubbed the G Pro Lite, the new device is outfitted with a 5.5-inch screen but otherwise lacks some of the more robust features found in the full Pro model. The display offers a resolution of just 960x540 pixels, compared with the 1,920x1,080 pixels offered in the Pro edition.

The G Pro Lite comes with a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. An 8-megapixel camera is on the rear, while a 1.3-megapixel shooter is on the front. The 3,140 mAh battery is removable.

But cellular speed is limited to 3G, whereas the full Pro model supports 4G LTE. Outfitted with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, the G Pro Lite will come in both black and white.

The phone does offer other useful features, including a stylus pen and stereo speakers. A dual SIM slot comes with its own hot key to let users easily switch between the two SIM cards.

The LG G Pro Lite is slated to debut this month in Latin America, followed by launches in Asia, Russia, China, India, and the Middle East. The phone is expected to sell for about $300 off contract, an LG spokesperson told CNET. The company hasn't yet revealed any plans for a US launch.

The full Pro model sells in the US through AT&T for $200 with the standard two-year contract.

Update, October 11 at 9 a.m. PT: Adds information from LG.