Feb 19 AT 10:20 AM Anthony Domanico 51 Comments

LG officially unveils the Optimus Vu, its 5″ entry into the phablet market

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Not content simply waiting for their chance to shine at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, LG has sent out some official press shots and confirmed the spec sheet for the Optimus Vu superphone. With the Optimus Vu, LG hopes to steal some of the spotlight away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note, as the Optimus Vu will be the next device to blur the line between smartphone and tablet.

Specs on the Optimus Vu include:

  • 5″ IPS LCD display, with 1024 x 768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (though, we suspect this may be running Android 4.0 soon after officially launching – LG promises within 3 months)
  • Stylus-input capable with stylus-friendly applications built in
  • 8 megapixel rear-camera likely to come with 1080p HD video capture
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 650 nits brightness on the display, mirroring the super-bright display found in the ASUS Transformer Prime
  • 32 GB built-in storage (no word on microSD slot)

While we like that LG has decided to go with the potentially more svelte 5″ display (vs. the 5.3″ monster that is the Galaxy Note), the press shots in LG’s press release reveal a device that’s none too pleasing on the eyes. While the Galaxy Note brought us more of what we love, looking exactly like a bigger Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus Vu looks like a big, boring rectangle. It’s sad, really, as the LG G2x/Optimus 2X was one of my favorite looking phones with the chrome accent on the back of a gray-ish slab.

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Hopefully we’ll see the Optimus Vu get a bit of a facelift before it launches to the masses later this year. Anyone out there interested in the Optimus Vu? We’ll have some hands-on time with the Vu in Barcelona next week. To hold you over, check out the video LG leaked a few weeks ago below.

Show Press Release

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 (1024×768) 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

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