Feb 08 AT 2:00 AM Taylor Wimberly 43 Comments

LG teases 5 inch Android phone with 4:3 aspect ratio


What Android devices will LG unveil at Mobile World Congress later this month? We are likely to see the Optimus 3D 2, quad-core X3, and now possibly the 5-inch Vu. LG’s Korean blog just posted a teaser video for this super-sized phone, which features the rarely-used 4:3 aspect ratio.

Highlights of the LG Vu include a 5-inch 1024×768 IPS display, Android 2.3, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, NFC, and an 8 megapixel camera. The only recent Android device to use the 4:3 aspect ration was the Pantech Pocket, which failed pretty miserably on AT&T.

We don’t know if the LG Vu will be available outside of Korea yet, but it’s still worth mentioning to get an idea of future devices that could come to the US. What do you think of this interesting design choice?

Via: The Verge

Source: LG Korea

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  • Wunako

    Wow this phone could be a huge beast if it makes it here! Looks like they’re gonna give the galaxy note a run for its money

    • Nate B.

      Why because the screen is big? I personally doubt. It’ll be cool but I’m sure it’ll be overlooked as soon as it comes out. let’s hope they used the bezel properly. LG is usually horrible with that?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      With a 4.3 aspect ratio? I doubt. That thing is going to be FAT. AND tough to hold.

      • kazahani

        I would assume they are thinking of this more as a “Tablet that makes phone calls”, whereas the Galaxy Note is definately a phone first.

  • cb2000a

    Android 2.3? Right….

    • honourbound68

      yes. what were they thinking using GB?? but still, the other specs are solid and 4:3 may appeal to those who really love gaming on their phones.

  • igor G.

    Why only 2.3?

  • Hall Lo

    Why 4:3 though? That really doesn’t make the device looks prettier…

    • Fahad

      I’m just as lost as to why it’s in 4:3 mostly all tablets, phones and mobile devices are 16:9 or 16:10…

    • inoirawus

      And it doesn’t make any sense! The whole world goes to wide-screen.. Everybody who makes stuffs like movies, games, or even an webpage design for 16:9 or something like that, and LG come up with a 4:3 screen?
      They really need to impress with the other specs of the device, because it’s just ugly and stupid.

      • krYshuT

        Wrong. Most games are programmed on 3:2 ratio, because of iPhone and not much companies take their time to port it to 16:9. So almost every game is stretched or there are 2 black borders on the screen. Also nearly every early Android device had 3:2 ratio.

    • Nate B.

      Exactly. The device looks way to wide and large. It may be thin but the physical design looks almost like a perfect square.

    • eallan

      Because 4:3 is far easier to type and read on. It’s a much better format for productive use of a smart phone, and it’s better for reading books and documents. The ONLY (literally ONLY) thing that it isn’t “better” at is watching hollywood movies or tv shows.

  • Philip Davis

    LOL you fail, LG. Is it a phone or a tablet? Who has jeans pockets that can fit that ugly thing? I know I sure don’t, and I’m not a small person. Also, android 2.3? I hope that’s a typo or something

    • greg

      well said, man, very well said

  • ondore

    Sorry LG, I like you but still prefer Note – but think possitive – maybe this model push price of my favorite down :-)

  • ZRod

    Coming soon: 7 inch Samsung Note+ phone and also the 7 inch LG Blingoff phone

    Seriously, if your gonna keep making them bigger throw some heavy cash at R&D for bendable screens/chips/batteries/etc.

    • One

      Oh please… The 5″ form is awesome. It may not be for you but its bloody brilliant for a lot of us.

      • ZRod

        Never said it was bad, making a sarcastic point. People were amazed a 4.3 then the Galaxy Nexus goes bragging about it’s 4.65 screen (which I own btw) then Samsung and LG brag about 5 inch screens. Showing that the cycle needs to stop somewhere until the tech gets better.
        Damn people get emotional. Again I have a Galaxy Nexus so I think that gives me a right to mock bigger and bigger screens. B2L, u have fun carrying around a 7 inch phone then.

    • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

      After owning a Galaxy Note, I definitely think I can handle a 7″ phone. I know this was a sarcastic post, but 7″ sounds pretty good to me. I definitely don’t plan on buying another device with a screen smaller than 5″.

      You don’t see me commenting on upcoming devices saying “Ah a 4″ screen, that’s weak.” If you don’t like it, don’t comment, simple as that.

      • slurms mckenzie

        idk about 7” 5.5 – 6” yeah but 7” is gonna be very very noticiable in ur pocket even wearing man jeans especially if u count the bezels. there is definitely gonna be a big ass rectangular shape in ur pockets

  • magicfire

    LG is coming with another give away… My 2012 new resolution was not to look at LG again for my smartphone needs.. LG to grow a lot to compete with their counterpart..

  • Armas99

    too bad this thing just powered with Android 2.3

    • OnIn2

      Sadly, Judging by my LG G2x that’s all they know how to do.

  • Nate B.

    Using Androidandme on Chrome Beta is a lot better.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I’m not a fan of the 5″ form factor, let alone 4:3 aspect ratio. I’m a fan of the 16:9 (or anything closer to widescreen than full frame).

    That being said, at least there is choice with Android. At least if someone wants a beast phone with a certain screen size, they can get it. Or if they want a keyboard, they can have it. Interesting to see a 4:3 phone though. Guess it’s more ideal for a screen of that size to take on a 4:3 ratio to have more of a work area?

  • spazby

    Come on LG, gingerbread?

  • Matt

    Seriously this phone doesn’t come close to the Note and it was released like 3+ months ago..

    Gingerbread? HAHA
    Dual Snapdragon and 4:3?

    This thing is FAIL before release..

  • BigCiX

    It already failed before coming out. 2.3. When will android makers has some kind of common sense to add the newest OS rather then a year old version.

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    How ANY new device can (successfully) launch with less than 4.0 is beyond me. Who is in charge of these companies and what are they thinking?

    • RRR

      Abruptly i can not even look at anything smaller then 5″…totally lost any interest to little things…So we’ve got kind of good news today to discuss.

      First, what is its PPI?

      • RRR

        by mistake my post appeared in this thread instead of in the root.

        /* Where is edit or at least delete button, Taylor?
        Also btw this site has some minor problems with the buttons fill in Opera (at least with Vibrant), like one the one i will push in a second to send this message being posted, look at that too

  • slurms mckenzie

    i hate LG and would never purchase one but im only giving them props cuz its 5 inches and we need more 5+ inch phones

    • RRR

      agree we need 5+” phones. They could become only small niche products but people need a choice

  • Max.Steel

    Gingerbread? Fail.

  • jamal adam

    I am getting tired of hearing all these phones coming out with Android 2.3. We are in February and by now, you should have all that you need to release your phones with ICS out of the gate.

  • mike d

    battery life of 10mins.

  • Anthony44

    Wow this is a flop starting out with GB .
    We have a block phone who wants to be a note.
    The galaxy nexus still best choice and yes its because of ice cream. I would dump it for a vanilla note but that ain’t happening.
    I would trade them all for a vanilla GS111 tell me that won’t be totally off the hook

  • JamieB

    Haha, I had the original LG Vu. First touch screen I ever owned. I thought it was the coolest thing.

  • Nathan D.

    The processor is old news might as well get the galaxy note since it probably better anyways.

  • classic_hero

    this would never fit in my pockets unless I had some crazy baggy jeans, but Im sure someone will buy it

  • Richard Yarrell

    Another LARGE LG FAIL. Nothing really new here. Don’t insult the Samsung Galaxy Note. Please….

    • squiddy20

      Another LARGE CHILDISH POST by none other than Dick Yarrell. Nothing really new here either. It’s the same biased crap he’s been spewing about LG for months. Maybe he should grow up and stop being a broken record so he won’t make it so easy for others to insult him. Please….