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


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

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Mick de Raad
Mick de Raad
Edmund Nigel
Edmund Nigel Hey if that's the case I just might start holding my iPad to my ear and use it as a phone. Sorry Samsung I believe the note will fail
Manoj Gs
Manoj Gs Yeah bigger the better
Manoj Gs
Manoj Gs Lg should have comeout with something similar to the note form factor their ips display is pretty good this 4:3 aspect ratio is too wide and is not going to workout for them why do they always make these silly mistakes
Stian Grøtåsen
Stian Grøtåsen 4:3? Are they stupid?
Mick de Raad
Mick de Raad
Manuel Comparan
Manuel Comparan Samsuck still sucks!! Their just worried about making the next big thing!! Show support for the phones you already have out!! Had three samsucks already and by far the worst pieces of crap I've ever owned!! No Thank You!! iPhone rocks!!
Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson LoL....
Shantanuraj S Patil Kaka
Shantanuraj S Patil Kaka Are we in the era of tablet phones? until apple allows us to think so
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein 5" 4:3 aspect ration is just too fat. I would much prefer the Note even though it is bigger but has a better aspect ratio for a big phablet.
Carolee Lopez
Carolee Lopez My 4.3 galaxy s II screen is just fine:)
Carolee Lopez
Carolee Lopez Well now that the galaxy note is out we are going to see all these competitive other tablet phones come out.
Nick Koval
Nick Koval Way to big.... 4.3 on my sensation is perfect....
Matt Stoddard
Matt Stoddard I have the droid razor.. thats about as big as im going
Juan R Toro
Juan R Toro just another failure ...ICS has over 2 months out and this thing its packing gingerbread and capacitive buttoms? LG PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
Justin Fitzgerald
Justin Fitzgerald I hope not.
Johnny Cababe
Johnny Cababe Ill be checking the note out sometime this week.
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Justin Wilson Samsung is killing the game right now
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Miguel Sahagun That's just slap happy ridiculously insane!!
El Solitario Cazares
El Solitario Cazares Another wanna be mini tablet?lmao it had to be another android..
Joe Czo
Joe Czo Made by who? LG? No thanks!
Kirk Ngo
Kirk Ngo not yet
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Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts Does the skyrocket count?
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Na. Galaxy note is a beast but too big to handle.
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling A tablet is not a phone,thus that would be impossible.unless its a hybrid
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata Nope to big 4 or 4'3 anything bigger then that is too big!
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Andy Castro
Andy Castro I think my galaxy nexus has the correct size but 4.3" is the smallest I would go
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama I hope so, I'm not upgrading to anything less than a 5in screen
Fernley Blake
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Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores Samaung was the first in releasing phones with 1.5 processors and the first one in releasing tablet phones. Just for the record ..
Jeff Jones
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Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz 4.52'' love it 5.2'' I would 3.5'' suck
Paul Alexandru
Paul Alexandru LG sucks nuff said
William Martin
William Martin 4:3 would probably technically be better to use and view content on, but i'd imagine that extra width will make it even less pocketable than the note. plus it is really square looking, at least the note is pretty, in a big, ugly kind of way.
Guy-Claude Guerrier
Guy-Claude Guerrier Oh no :(
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Nobody really asked for the tablet phone it's just something to try out for a little while and go about your merry business.
Jeremy Oliver
Jeremy Oliver After using the galaxy note since Friday. Have to say my 4.5 inch skyrocket looks so small now. And the iphone just look down right tiny..the not is def not for everyone. But at least in the android ecosystem you have choices. The note for me is awesome.can't go back to anything smaller.
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla 5+ inch phones are a niche. I'm glad they're around but not necessarily for me. This phone won't sell well, GUARANTEED or your money back.
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Matt Couper
Matt Couper I'd way prefer a Galaxy Note
Cory Wilson
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Richard Ameen
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