(LEAD) LG rolls out large-size smarphone to expand foothold
By Kang Yoon-seung
SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Co., a South Korean smartphone maker, on Thursday revealed its newest smartphone model, the G Pro 2, paving the way for the country's No. 2 tech giant to expand its share in the larger display smartphone market.
LG's latest phablet, a cross between a smartphone and tablet PC, boasts a 5.9-inch display, larger than its predecessor's 5.5-inch screen, and will compete with rival products such as the Galaxy Note series manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of smartphones.
"Every year, we conduct market research to see which size customers prefer the most," said Kim Joong-hoon from LG's mobile communications division. "For now, users show the most preference for sizes between 5.9 and 6 inches."
Samsung Electronics had released its latest phablet line-up, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, in September last year. Samsung has enjoyed steady demand for its Galaxy Note series for the past couple of years, which has prodded other rivals to roll out phablets with larger-size displays.