LG Optimus Vu and its 5-inch, 4:3 display made official

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 19, 2012

LG Optimus Vu

The LG Optimus Vu has been one of the more talked about devices in the mobile world since LG originally teased it earlier this month. Today the Optimus Vu and its 5-inch, 4:3 display are back in the headlines, as LG has made the device nice and official, spilling its spec list for all to see. The aforementioned 5-inch IPS display features a resolution of 1024x768 and a 4:3 aspect ratio, and there's also an 8-megapixel camera on the Vu's rear and a 1.3-megapixel shooter around front.

Under the hood the Optimus Vu packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB internal storage, LTE and a 2,080mAh battery. The Vu comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but LG is promising an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich within three months of its release. Oh, and for those of you that are curious about the Optimus Vu's size, it officially measures 5.496 inches tall, 3.559 inches tall and 0.334 (8.5mm) thick. Along with all of those hardware specs, LG also touted the Optimus Vu's "QuickClip" hotkey that allows users to capture screenshots with one button bush. There's also mention of a dedicated "Rubberdium" stylus in LG's announcement.

As far as availability goes, LG says that the Optimus Vu is due to hit Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG+ in early March. There's no word yet on when or if we might see the Optimus Vu here in the U.S. The good news is that LG has said that more information about the Optimus Vu will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, so you can bet that we'll be on the hunt for any other information that we can find. It should be interesting to see if we can handle the Optimus Vu for ourselves to find out just how a handset with a 5-inch, 4:3 display feels in the hand. Until then, you can find LG's full press release below, and there's also that leaked shot that surfaced earlier this month showing the Vu next to a Samsung Galaxy Note if you'd like to compare the two giganto-phones to one another.

LG Optimus Vu

LG UNVEILS UNIQUE 4:3 RATIO, 5-INCH OPTIMUS VU: AT MWC 2012

With Productivity in Mind, LG Demonstrates its LTE and Display

Leadership with Device that Does, Well, Everything

SEOUL, Feb. 19, 2012 – LG today unveiled one of the most anticipated LTE devices, the Optimus Vu:. Equipped with LG's advanced LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GM internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia lover's dream device.

"The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. "By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs."

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. Moreover, IPS display realizes every color in its natural state for the best viewing experience even under bright sunlight.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG's advanced LTE technology, the Optimus Vu: boasts unmatched productivity. Its unique built-in QuickClip™ hotkey allows users to conveniently capture screenshots and memos with a single push. Jotting notes is also possible with a finger or with the dedicated Rubberdium™ pen. Among many productive apps installed in the Optimus Vu:, the included Polaris Office allows users to open any document, spreadsheet or presentation while on the go.

At only 8.5mm, the Optimus Vu: is the slimmest among all LTE phones currently on the market and is perfectly suited for a hand and fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. Despite the large 2,080mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: adopts LG's exclusive floating mass technology to appear slimmer than its actual dimensions.

In addition to HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Optimus Vu: comes with 32GB memory and an 8-megapixel camera. While it will initially launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works.

The Optimus Vu: will be introduced in Korea in March. Additional information on the unique Optimus Vu: can be found at the LG Stand (Hall 8) at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1.

Key Specifications:

- Chipset: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor

- Display: 5-inch (1024x768) IPS Display

- Memory: 32GB eMMC and 1GB DDR2

- Camera: 8MP with AF LED Flash (rear) and 1.3MP (front)

- OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread

- Battery: 2,080mAh

- Dimension (L x W x D): 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm

Via Engadget, LG