LG Launching Optimus G Pro to Compete With Galaxy Note 2

LG will unveil its official Galaxy Note 2 competitor in the U.S. with the Optimus G Pro phablet set to debut on May 1.

The device is already available overseas in countries such as Korea and Japan. It is now scheduled to be unveiled at a media event on May 1 that will take place in New York City- the same place where Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4.

LG issued a press release when the Optimus Pro G first launched, boasting about the device's eye recognition technology. This technology will be part of a bigger new multimedia feature known as Smart Video.

"Smart Video recognizes the position of the viewer's eyes and automatically plays for (and) stops the video without any manual input from the user," wrote LG. "When the viewer's eyes are no longer focused on the smartphone display, the front camera recognizes this and immediately pauses the video automatically."

The device also has the Dual Camera function, which will allow users to capture photos using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition. This same feature will be available on the Galaxy S4 and was shown off by Samsung at their event last night.

"LG is continuously innovating to offer creative ways to offer a user experience that adds value to our customers," said Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "It's the positive UX that will differentiate smartphones in 2013 and beyond, not only cutting-edge hardware specs."

Both Smart Video and the Dual Camera feature will be introduced as a value pack upgrade which will hit the Optimus G Pro in Korea this month.

The value pack will also come with other features including QRemote, which allow the smartphone to work specifically with LG Smart TVs to enhance convenience by functioning as a remote for the set.

The Smart LED lighting which outlines the home button of the device will also be upgrade for users to customize their colors to correspond to their favorite contacts. The flashing LED will allow them to identify the caller.