With the release of Samsung Galaxy Note last night, LG is anxious to reveal their version of the phablet. You can call it a large phone or a small tablet, the Optimus Vu will have a 5″ IPS LCD display which is smaller than the Note's 5.3" screen. The Vu will support 1024 x 768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The design of the Vu seems a little dull. It looks like a rectangular box with sharp edges. but keep in mind that this is a prototype that is to be introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As for performance, the LG Optimus Vu will by powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU paired with 1 GB of RAM. The demo devices currently runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread but LG claims that it will ship with 4.0 ICS or have very quick update to the latter OS. There will be a 8 megapixel rear-camera and it is likely to come with 1080p HD video capture. The front facing camera is a standard 1.3 megapixel for video calls or self portrait captures.
Word is there will be a 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models for consumers of different needs. The device will be offered through carriers that provide 4G LTE data network but it will be released in Eastern countries first.
After the announcement of the Vu, many questioned why LG would design the device with 4:3 aspect ratio. LG fired back saying it will be easier to view documents and have a more enjoyable experience.
Optimus Vu offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. The large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, internet and multimedia contents easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for viewing to grasp more at a glance and note taking to increase productivity in everyday life.
It's been confirmed there will be an HDMI port, stylus pen, and headphone jack. No word on if the device will have micoSD slot. Stayed tuned for updates.
LG Optimus Vu Release Date: unknown
LG Optimus Vu Price: unknown