LG has finally confirmed the rumors that have been doing rounds for weeks about the LG Vu phone… it is finally coming to the US market! The LG Optimus Vu is confirmed to come to Verizon wireless in the last quarter of this year. In a press release by the South Korean company, LG confirmed that the 5 inch phone will be available on Verizon but the exact date or the pricing has not yet been released. We are not even certain if there are any specifications that will be changed to adapt it to the US market yet.
The android phablet has already surpassed half a million units sales in South Korea and remains one of the most preferable and popular gadgets in the Asian country. What is interesting about this device though is the aspect ratio which is 4:3, giving it a ‘fat’ shape unlike any other in its category in the market. The phablet features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt memory, an 8MP rear camera and comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
This phablet is clearly a direct competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy note which features almost similar specs. In the press release by LG, the Optimus Vu will be further improved for the US market with LTE network capability. It is about time Verizon got into the phablet fray with AT&T and T-Mobile already stocking the Samsung Galaxy note.
Some people may have reservations on the comfort and practicality of an almost-square phablet, but I think we should give LG credit for their ingenuity. The shape of the device ensures that the screen is wide enough in both portrait and landscape mode for the keyboard without squeezing the keys too close together. The biggest let down though about this device is the screen resolution which is 1024 x 768 at 256 PPI compared to Galaxy’s 285 PPI.
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 220 GPU
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display: 4:3 1024 X 768 256 PPI IPS display
Cameras: 8MP rear (with autofocus and LED flash) and 1.3MP front cameras
Connectivity: HDMI, LTE, DLNA, T-DMB and Wi-Fi Direct
Battery: 2080 mAh
What do you think about this phablet? Is it a formidable competitor to the Galaxy Note? Would you go for it or would you rather stick with the Note? Let us know in the comments section below.