The LG Optimus Vu is a little known handset, especially after the Galaxy Note took the world by storm in 2011. Interestingly, the device is also a phablet and features a slightly smaller display with a rather strange aspect ratio (4:3). The device packs all the goodies/bloatware that come with an LG device, and wasn’t a huge success in the market. But LG doesn’t think so, with the manufacturer claiming that over 1 million units of the smartphone have been sold so far. It has taken a little over nine months for the smartphone to reach this status, while the Galaxy Note II has done this in just 90 days. The problem with the Optimus Vu was that it arrived shortly after the original Galaxy Note did in 2011 and the Note stood as a colossus against every other competitive offering, with the Optimus Vu being one of them. LG also launched a successor to the Optimus Vu shortly after the first gen Vu launched, and that was known as the Optimus Vu II. This was launched in September 2012, so LG basically refreshed the original Optimus Vu in a matter of six months, so as to remain competitive in the market.
It is very possible that LG has taken into account sales numbers of both the devices to come up with the estimate, which makes sense. Samsung however has absolutely no competition from the likes of the Optimus Vu and the rest of the phablets out there. Although, entries of devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate, Oppo Find 5 might be a cause for concern. It goes without saying that people have taken a particular liking towards Samsung’s offerings over LG’s and that has been the case since the past few years now. We expect the trend to continue in the coming days, even as LG prepares to launch its 1080p smartphone in the market.
A sale of over a million units for a single smartphone over a period of 90 days is a remarkable achievement. Sadly for LG, its sales haven’t been the best in the market. Even flagship smartphones like the Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max failed to take off after the announcement at MWC last year. It is hoped that the company’s upcoming flagship could change the fortunes for the company. The company brags of its rich IPS panels, which provide decent clarity compared to standard LCD panels. So this could be instrumental in the device’s success in the market.