The LG G Pro Lite is an affordable dual SIM version of the original LG Optimus G Pro. With the launch of this phone LG Electronics has created a buzz in the price segment of 15-20k INR.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is the aging star of this segment and with the launch of G Pro Lite, LG wants to snatch its throne. With the asking price of ₹20k in the open market, G Pro Lite has all that you might expect from a mid-range branded phone.
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Along with the regular features it also packs some goodies like Quick Translator, Quick Remote, KnockON etc. We’ll get back to these extra features in the later part of the review.
As the name suggests, it is the younger sibling of LG Optimus G Pro and looks almost identical from the front.
The plastic back-panel has glossy finish and a thin chrome plated bezel runs around the periphery of the phone. The back-panel texture separates it from the cheap local phones and its Samsung counterparts. I’m not siding with LG on this but that’s how Samsung’s low-end phones look.
Owing to its extra large display for a phone, it doesn’t fit very well into a regular jeans pocket.
The capacitive buttons located at the bottom of the display are very responsive and make for a very smooth experience.
As unwieldy as the original Optimus G Pro
Those of you who ride two-wheelers might not like it as it doesn’t fit into the jeans pocket comfortably. Some part of it is always left outside which will make you worry more about the phone than about the object ahead.
The LG G Pro Lite runs on the rather outdated android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s proprietary Optimus UI 3.0 on top.
The homescreen and lockscreen can be customized and also the Screen swipe effect can be changed to any you like from the given effects. There are 4 themes to be chosen from among- Optimus, Biz, Cozywall and Marshmallow.
The LG G Pro Lite boasts a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display supporting a resolution of 540×960 pixels which in turn translates to a pixel density of 200 ppi approximately.
Being an IPS display it is able to showcase the photos with natural colors- nothing less and nothing more. When I first looked at the display I was not able to make out if it has a lowly pixel density of 200.
I won’t say that it is gorgeous but you wouldn’t be disappointed by it unless you compare it with a full HD 5 incher.
The viewing angles are nothing short of excellent and your friends will not grab the phone from your hands to enjoy that video.
The G Pro Lite has a humongous display of 5.5 inch so I was under the impression that it must be really a great experience to actually type on such a phone but expectations and real world performance are two different things.
Typing in portrait mode is just okay. In the landscape it becomes better but still not what anyone would expect.
It will take some time for you to adapt to the keypad.
The path input (similar to gesture input) works like a charm and makes typing a truly great experience.
LG has also added tons of functionalities like Auto Capitalize, Auto Punctuation, Voice typing key, auto correction and prediction, one hand operation, split keyboard, Extend keyboard and Fuzzy pinyin to make the keyboard adjust to your requirements.
It also has a couple of keyboard themes to match your style.
Scrolling through heavy media rich webpages is not butter smooth but it also doesn’t take ages to render the content. The stock browser in the LG G Pro Lite comes with regular goodies like pinch-to-zoom and double tap to zoom too.
On the contrary, the browser lacks incognito mode. To make up for less features in the default browser, it comes with Chrome and Opera Mini pre-installed.
Though the browsing is not silky smooth, it is really an enjoyable experience on such a large and colourful display.
The LG G Pro Lite has a lot of extra features. Let’s discuss about a few in brief:
- Guest mode-It lets you select a different pattern for guest mode and the ability to allow certain apps only.
- SmartShare– Lets you play and share content between DLNA certified devices.
- KnockON– Unlike the LG G2, the KnockON feature is not present in its full glory here. Double tap locks the screen but the same is not true while unlocking the device. We tried a number of combinations and found out that if you tap the display 4 times then you will have a higher success rate in unlocking the phone.Using half-baked KnockON can be irritating
- Quiet mode– It is another nifty feature which helps you get a good sleep at the night by turning off all the un-necessary audio notifications.
- Quick Translator– Can be used to translate text from one language into another. It supports single word, sentence and block translation.
- QuickRemote– It makes the G Pro Lite work as a remote for TV, DVD and Blu-ray player.
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It boasts an 8MP AF camera on the rear and a 1.3 MP camera on the front. The primary camera can capture pictures with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and do videos 720p at 30fps.
Many websites claim that it can shoot full HD videos too but our demo unit was only capable of shooting 720p videos at the max.
The camera has standard shooting modes like Night, Sports, Beauty etc but it misses out on some of the essential modes like HDR and Macro mode.
The captured photos retain good amount of details but lack in dynamic range and colors.
Zooming results in acceptable images up to 2x but beyond that the details get lost.
A very strong LED flash accompanies the main camera for taking photos in Low/No light conditions. As it is very strong, care needs to be taken while taking photos in low light conditions or you’ll lose the details. It is advisable to hold the phone at least 1m away from the object that you want to capture while using LED flash.
Downscaled Camera Samples at 90% Quality
LED Flash Test
Night Zoom Test
HD Video Recording Sample
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera start-up time||~ 1.17s|
The bottom side flanks dual speakers capable of producing very loud volume and of course they don’t get occluded/muffled so easily.
The stock music player has standard options like shuffle, repeat, make favourite etc. The audio effects (equalizer) however work only when the headset is plugged in.
Audio Format Support
- mp3- Y
- aac- Y
- wma- Y
The seek bar in the default video player supports tap to seek, stretch, lock display and Qslide to resize the window and watch the video even while doing your work.
Video Format support
- 480p (avi, flv, mp4, mkv)- Y, Y, Y, Y
- 720p mp4- Y
- 1080p mp4- Video resolution not supported. MX player can play it with S/W decoder but the frame rate is not sufficient for immersive Full HD experience.
- 4k mp4- Video resolution not supported
There is nothing new in the gallery. It has standard options to arrange the media according to their Locations, Timestamp and Albums.
The G Pro Lite does not have any notification LED so you’ll have to rely on the ringing and vibration to answer calls and texts.
The ringtone volume is loud enough for you to recognize in the city traffic that your phone is ringing. You can also choose from these vibration types to suit your needs:
Long lasting, rapid, short repeated, standard and Ticktock.
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First things first, the phone does the daily tasks like browsing, texting, audio and video playback very well.
The gaming performance sucks. I mean literally.
It couldn’t even play Temple Run Oz in high graphics settings. The frame rate dropped beyond playable which left too disappointed to test high end games like Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8 on it.
Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:
Apps & Games
- Default Apps– Dictionary, Quick Remote, Quick Translator, RemoteCall Service, Safety Care, SmartShare, Polaris Viewer 4, Opera Mini and Google Chrome.
- Default Games– None
The 3140 mAh Li-Ion battery is sufficient enough to make the LG G Pro Lite last for a single day on normal usage. It also doesn’t heat up a lot and hence makes the phone suitable for prolonged use.
You can also use Power Saver to automatically turn off WiFi, Auto-Sync, Bluetooth at a pre-defined battery level. The display brightness and screen timeout can also me adjusted as per user’s requirements.
These settings wouldn’t make the battery last significantly longer if you know how to use smartphones but for newbies they are a must configure settings after unboxing the phone.
The phone has standard connectivity options that you might expect from an INR 20k phone but the presence of IR LED make it stand out in the crowd.
- IR LED
- Wi-Fi Direct
- FM Radio
Final VerdictGamers, stay away from it
The LG G Pro Lite is good phone to buy if you love large displays, don’t play games and of course are out of money to buy the Galaxy Note 3.
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Specifications: LG G Pro Lite Dual D686
LG G Pro Lite Dual D686
|Processor (CPU)||1 GHz dual-core, Cortex A-9|
|RAM||1 GB (free on startup- ~520 MB)|
|Display Type||IPS LCD, 16M colors|
|Size & Resolution||5.5 inch, 540×960 px, 200.26 ppi|
|Primary Camera||8MP, AF, LED Flash Stills- 3264×2448 pxVideo- 720p @ 30fps|
|Secondary Camera||1.3 MP Stills- 1280×720 px Video- 720p|
|Android OS||v4.1.2 JB|
|Battery||3140 mAh Li-Ion|
|Memory||Internal- 8GB (user available- 4.27 GB) , microSD up to 32GB|
|USB||Micro USB v2.0|
|HSPA+||Down- 7.2 Mbps, Up- 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS|
|FM Radio||Yes, with support for Recording|
|Dimensions||150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm|
|Online Price||INR 18300/-|
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