Sep 23 AT 1:33 PM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

LG announces the Vu 3; retains 4:3 aspect ratio, adds Snapdragon 800

LG Vu 3 1

LG’s Vu series of smartphones has not garnered good reviews, nor have sales been very good here in the US. We’ve only seen the first, Verizon’s LG Intuition, but a second model was released in Korea. It had a 4:3 ratio display (making it a giant square) and a capacitive stylus with no room to stow it, which did not make for the most pleasant of experiences.

LG Vu 3 2For some reason, LG is now releasing a third model. Dropping the Optimus name, the LG Vu 3 comes with a few new tricks up its sleeve while retaining that 4:3 aspect ratio. The nearly square 5.2-inch display has a resolution of 1280 x 960, sticking with a mid range 720p resolution. In contrast, LG decided to use the fastest Qualcomm processor they could, the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800.

The device also features a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, 24-bit audio support and finally an integrated stylus. Yes, now you can stow the stylus in its own little silo. But if it’s anything like the previous stylus, it’ll be a simple capacitive stylus with nothing fancy.

The device also inherits some software features from its slimmer brother, the LG G2. You’ll get KnockOn (which turns on the display with two knocks on the glass), Q-Slide (floating apps) and some integrated apps for the stylus. And of course you get the colorful, almost TouchWiz-like interface overlay that LG likes so much.

Aesthetically, it’s very similar to the LG Optimus G Pro. Meaning that it is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, down to the choice of physical home button and capacitive menu and back keys. But unlike the Galaxy Note, the back key is on the left, making it far away from your thumb on a wide device.

The LG Vu 3 is launching on September 27 on three different South Korean carriers. No launches outside of Korea have been announced. A US launch is possible, but looking at the weak sales of the LG Intuition, it isn’t likely. It’s a conflicting device with a 720p resolution and a Snapdragon 800, and the display ratio will probably make it hard to hold. But it isn’t a bad device by any means. Would you buy one for yourself? Leave a comment!

Via: Phandroid

Source: LG

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • NeoJesus

    “keeps 4:3 aspect ratio”

    And that’s why LG will never become as big as Samsung.

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    • Jillxz

      I personally prefer the 4.3 ratio . It looks strange when the width is so much wider than the hight. I have always liked the design of the iPads because they don’t look so much wider to the height. This is why I won’t buy an Android tablet . But will but the phones.

  • David

    I like wider displays. Unfortunately the resolution needs a bump to 1600×1200 and the stylus better be active this time.
    Given those improvements, a Google Play edition would be a definite buy.

  • Sanjay Kumar Negi

    Wow nice Korean girl is holding a great phone.

  • captainkirkw

    I kind of like that aspect ratio for certain things so I might pick up a used one next year just to toy around with.

  • ZRod

    I love that 720p is now considered mid-range. It is insane that they can make 1080p screens of this size!

    • Fulaman

      What is Apples’ screen considered to be then? Because the screen is less than 720p.

    • Dima Aryeh

      It’s pretty incredible how far technology has progressed. Very hard to believe a 1080p 55″ TV is high end, yet anything under 1080p for a 5″ display is not.

  • Fulaman

    I’ll buy the device if I can get it unlocked fit $300.

    • donger

      Used maybe.

  • Ella

    I have the first LG Intuition. I love that 4:3 aspect ratio and the wide width of the phone. The screen is lovely and I get a lot of use out of that simple stylus. That being said, the phone has been unreliable. Sometimes it works beautifully. On other days, nothing on the phone seems to work. For that reason, I wouldn’t consider getting another version of the device. I want something more reliable – even if I have to pay more.

  • Marcel L

    LG don’t always want to be samsung ;) I think the VU is a very “hated” device which some people just love. 4:3 is perfect for reading on the internet! the 720p should save up some battery on a 5,2″ device. If it didnt came with hardware-buttons I would consider the vu3.

    • Jillxz

      I agree . LG sure does not want to be Samsung . LG makes better phones in my experience . It’s just that some geeks accuse them of trying to be like Samsung if their phones are rectangular with rounded corners. There are those who hate LG just like the Apple haters and Samsung haters.

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