The boxy exterior of the LG Vu line of phablets has been a target of mockery outside of Asia. The odd, uninviting 4:3 aspect ratio of the screen has meant that LG's phone was pretty unwieldy. This, however, doesn't appear to bother Samsung's local rival much, for if a new report is to be trusted, LG is aiming to announce the LG Vu 3 by the end of the month and we're told that this time over, the phablet will be made available worldwide. This, as you can probably guess, will pit it directly against Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which is pricier at about $924 in South Korea, compared with the Vu 3's more conservative $740 price tag. What's more, though it may seem like we're poking a bit of fun out of LG's phablet, the company used to brag that it actually sold over a million units of the original Vu – not too shabby for a non-standard device.
But, the Vu 3's lower price isn't an ingenious move on LG's part – the phablet's internals, while respectable, aren't really as impressive as those on the Galaxy Note 3. Those include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, which will power the 5.2-inch 1280x960 pixel screen (yes, a 4:3 aspect ratio). Much like the Note 3, the Vu 3 will also come with a dedicated stylus, LTE-Advanced connectivity, a 13MP camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches on September 25 in South Korea. Whether LG manages to pull an announcement before that, however, remains in the air.