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Trip to FCC by LG Optimus Vu outs handset's ultimate designation: Verizon

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Trip to FCC by LG Optimus Vu outs handset's ultimate designation: Verizon
Is this the LG Optimus Vu visiting the FCC with Verizon's 4G LTE logo?

Is this the LG Optimus Vu visiting the FCC with Verizon's 4G LTE logo?

Back when 2012 was new, there was some speculation that the Samsung GALAXY Note phablet was coming to Verizon under the name of the Samsung GALAXY Journal. Nearly half a year later, no such device has made its way on Big Red's lineup. But that doesn't mean that Verizon won't be getting a large screen phablet for its customers. The LG Optimus Vu was outed in February as a competitor to the GALAXY Note with a 5 inch IPS-LCD display and a 4:3 aspect ratio. A model looking very much like the LG Optimus Vu visited the FCC wearing model number LG VS950. The model number doesn't require  a code-breaking expert to tell us that it looks like a Verizon model number. And if that isn't enough for the average Verizon fan to get excited about, the LTE logo on the back illustration of the device is the style used by Big Red. The radios show support for LTE Band 13, CDMA, GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC.

So what makes everyone think that the phone that visited the Feds is the LG Optimus Vu? The placement of the antenna in the top left of the device matches where it is found in the Korean version of the Optimus Vu while the speaker grille and the SIM flap are also in the same spots. If this is the LG Optimus Vu, why should Verizon customers be excited? Well, in addition to the 5 inch screen with resolution of 768 x 1024 and pixel density of 256ppi, the LG Optimus Vu has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras and a 2080mAh battery. There is no microSD slot on the device.

In March, the overseas version of the LG Optimus Vu launched in Korea for the equivalent of $890 USD, but if it does launch on Verizon, we would expect it to be subsidized, of course. The unconventional 4:3 aspect ratio gives the device a boxy look. Back at MWC, it didn't appear that LG was planning on a U.S. stop on the LG Optimus Vu's world tour. But we have seen the device get its Bluetooth certification and all signs point to the device finding a home at Verizon.  Will Verizon customers shopping for a device to give them the phablet experience be satisfied with LG's variant? That will be the million dollar question, quite literally. Obviously we have no launch date or pricing info.

Check out our Hands-on of the LG Optimus Vu by clicking on this link.

source: FCC via Engadget

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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:03 3

1. Whateverman (Posts: 3195; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Gotta love VZW. We ask for a Note, and they give us a Vu!

When is my contract up?

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:14 3

2. hawke9150 (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I don't know if i should laugh or cry.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:18 2

3. PAPINYC (Posts: 2274; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Fail, I need the extra 0.30". If that's the case I'll go with the GSIII; I played with T-Mobile's iteration yesterday and got a serious böner'. LG just hasn't proved itself on the same level (yet).

Damn Verizon, give us a Note already.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:52 2

4. medicci37 (Posts: 624; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Another stupid decision by Verizon. The Note (which will have been out 4 almost a year by the time the Vu is released) looks to be much better than this POS. The Vu is more comparable 2 the Dell Streak in my opinion.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:04 1

5. bbdol (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


5 inch screen with an Qualcomm 1.5Ghz S3 and a 2080mAh battery? Now that's trouble.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:32

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you don't know it's an S3, this could very well have an S4.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 17:22 1

11. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The original had an S3, so it would stand to reason that this model will as well. Maybe LG will surprise us though.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:09 1

6. jsd0108 (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Verizon is all about 4G LTE right now so why would they release the Note which is a 3G product? It makes perfect sense from Verizon's point-of-view.

Maybe the Note 2....

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:28 1

7. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


The Note has LTE...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 17:23

12. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


AT&T's had an LTE Note for several months now. A watered-down, laggy S3-powered Note, but a Note nonetheless.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:14

13. pandakilla (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


but you have to remember Verizons 4G LTE is a lot faster than any other 4G out there, and it has way better coverage than AT&T

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:21

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


for the moment Verizon just has the largest and most reliable LTE network out there. AT&T has a slight advantage in speed right now.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:22

15. pandakilla (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Only on the 3G network not on the 4G LTE...It has already been proven that Verizon is fater on the 4G side but when it comes to the 3G speeds AT&T takes it

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:56

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...what are you talking about? xD

Verizon has the best 3G and 4G LTE network coverage and the LTE is no slouch in speed either, it can easily trade blows with AT&T's LTE network but the reality of it right now is that AT&T's is generally faster but not by much.

AT&T has the faster 3G network being GSM based and also the faster 4G LTE network FOR NOW. AT&T's LTE will start slowing down when the network gain more users.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:59 1

18. pandakilla (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


my bad your right....I was looking at laptop speeds lol

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:11

19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh lol, i've never taken a look at the laptop speeds myself. xD

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:30 2

8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I hate the UI overlays of both Samsung and LG. I have to put a launcher over my S2 because they have to make stock Android look so damn crappy. I wish that the manufacturers would just start using stock Android.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 18:56 1

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


sounds like you want a Motorola. ;D

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 16:38 2

10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Note has no business on Verizon at this point. this would be more compelling at this point being that it probably has an S4 and LG's new Optimus UI 3.0 vs. TW4 (which may i remind you barely changed from the way it was a year ago even after being run on top of ICS.) we'll just have this now and the Note 2 later. they delivered on the SIII didn't they? they know what the people want but they're not going to make stupid moves just to satisfy a few impatient fan-boys.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 01:52 1

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


eh, nvm. the Vu is trash. just saw the Review for it. my statement about the Note still stands though. wait for the friggin' Note 2.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:20

20. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Now I'm confused what Verizon is trying to get. Optimus LTE 2 now the Vu.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 19:42 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


maybe both. Verizon's been pretty tight with LG for a while.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 23:33

22. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Obviously red is trying to get the best LG has.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:57 1

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


if it comes, it comes. if it doesnt, it doesnt. if you like and want it, get it. if you dont like it and dont want it, dont get it. simple as that lol. no need to complain about the phone

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