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LG Optimus Vu to make global launch next month and should hit the States sometime this quarter

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LG Optimus Vu to make global launch next month and should hit the States sometime this quarter
Monday got off to a great start for fans of the LG Optimus Vu. The 5 inch phablet with the boxy 4:3 aspect ratio has been available in Japan and Korea and last week the Korean based manufacturer said that it had sold 500,000 units in South Korea alone. LG has just announced that next month the device will be launched globally in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. LG''s statement last week confirmed a third quarter release in the U.S., most likely through Verizon. We have already showed you a number of photos of the LG Optimus Vu wearing the Verizon brand.

Verizon branded LG Optimus Vu

Verizon branded LG Optimus Vu

Unlike the design of the Samsung GALAXY Note, perhaps the LG device's main competition, the 4:3 aspect ratio gives the LG Optimus Vu a boxy appearance similar to that of a tablet. The Samsung GALAXY Note's screen has an aspect ratio of 16:9 which makes it look more like a giant-sized phone. The upcoming sequel, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be introduced by Samsung on August 29th during an event being held just prior to the IFA show in Berlin. That model is expected to be introduced with a slightly larger 5.5 inch display, compared to the 5.3 inch screen on the original unit.

Verizon customers looking for a phablet have so far been out of luck as the Samsung GALAXY Note has not been made available to Verizon. At one time, speculation about such a device had been floated, but nothing came of it. That's why Big Red customers seeking such a model are looking forward to the U.S. launch of LG's latest flagship model.
"The different form factor makes Optimus Vu unique even in the 5-inch smartphone category which we expect will catch on once they become more widely available."-Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
source: LG
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posted on 20 Aug 2012, 00:57

1. technut (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Boxy indeed.. yuk!

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 01:28

2. Jphones (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


yeah way to boxy looks don't want to carry around something looking like the black box of a plane. Is it just me or does lg not realize boxy phones are outta style? its a phablet make it big curve the edges not that hard of a concept so it doesn't look like a credit card. An black for boxy is not smart should have been a different color. Be original

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:00

3. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


personal preference. and black is a common colour for smartphones. in fact, it is the basic colour for ANY smartphone

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:41

5. Jphones (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


true but this thing is the glossy plastic looking black.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 07:09

6. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


lol the front of the Vu is glass and e back is textured plastic (similar pattern to the PRADA), no glossy plastics.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:14 2

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2348; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The aspect ratio on the Galaxy Note is 16:10, not 16:9.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 07:59

8. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


yeah phonearena get your facts right

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:53

7. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


for some reason this article missed out the fact that the global Optimus Vu comes with Tegra 3 (?)

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