Boxy LG Vu 3 to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a lower price tag

Boxy LG Vu 3 to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a lower price tag

The boxy exteriorof the LG Vu line of phablets has been a target of mockery outside ofAsia. The odd, uninviting 4:3 aspect ratio of the screen has meant thatLG's phone was pretty unwieldy. This, however, doesn't appear tobother Samsung's local rival much, for if a new report is to betrusted, LG is aiming to announce the LG Vu 3 by the end of themonth 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 againstSamsung's Galaxy Note 3, which is pricier at about $924 in SouthKorea, 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 ofLG's phablet, the company used to brag that it actually sold overa million units of the original Vu – not too shabby for anon-standard device.

But, the Vu 3'slower price isn't an ingenious move on LG's part – the phablet'sinternals, while respectable, aren't really as impressive as those onthe Galaxy Note 3. Those include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset,which will power the 5.2-inch 1280x960 pixel screen (yes, a 4:3aspect ratio). Much like the Note 3, the Vu 3 will also come with adedicated stylus, LTE-Advanced connectivity, a 13MP camera andAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The SamsungGalaxy Note 3 launches on September 25 in South Korea. Whether LGmanages to pull an announcement before that, however, remains in theair.

source: ETNewsvia Techkiddy



1. papss unregistered

Lg I love you but this vu needs to die ASAP.. It's about as ugly as they come.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If LG made this with 6.2" it would "KILL" the note 3... The Note 3 has been getting skinnier and skinnier, every year. LG keep the width but make it longer to hold a 6.2" screen, make a built-in stylus.

4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sorry, but this phone in any iteration will never "KILL" the Note 3. Nobody wants the boxy 4:3 form factor anymore. WAY too wide and unwieldy. The current version sucks in my opinion, I can't imagine what a 6.2" would be like. No thanks. While I did like the Note 1's 16:10 aspect ratio, I'm used to and fine with the switch to 16:9. True, the Note 3 is ever so slightly thinner than the 2, but while increasing the screen size, how could one complain? To me it's a huge success in keeping the phone basically the same dimensionally.

12. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

you can't imagine that? it'd be just like the ipad mini-same aspect ratio, but with a diagonal around 1.5" smaller, near to the z ultra and as far as i know, the apple tablet(s) has been selling quite well despite its 4:3 ratio

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

A 4:3 aspect ratio might be acceptable for a tablet, but not necessarily for a phone. 16:10 & 4:3 seem to be the most common tablet ratios, while 16:9 & 5:3 are what I see most on phones.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The Vu didn't do all that well, so I can't imagine what the Vu 3 will offer to make this one any different.

5. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

yesss finally. best phone in the world for reading comics, mangas and books. i hope LG include sdcard slot and bigger battery this time.

6. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

4:3 ratio is means to dead. R.I.P

7. donutwindy

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Hate 9x16 phones. They get too long for a pocket before you get any real width to the screen, weather maps come out too skinny and they're top heavy. I would LOVE to see large 2x3 phones. Apple got it right, just too small. I think 3x4 might be a little too square, nevertheless I'll buy one. I want the width, but don't want the length of the Galaxy mega. And this will be the only choice. But why can't someone do 2x3 again?

8. donutwindy

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Let us hope they keep the 650nit brightness of the vu 2. As I can't read the note outdoors easily. If history repeats, the battery will be too small though someday, they'll make thicker phones with big batteries and great cameras, but I'm sure this one will go thin like every other phone. Should be quite pocketable. Width has never been the issue, its the length that makes things hard to pocket. And this phone isn't as huge as it appears. A three inch wide screen isn't that wide.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

One of the most awkward phones to ever hold in your hands is getting a newer model...

10. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the King of phoblet.(phone tablet). What is phablet stand for?

16. LG_is_the_best unregistered

Phablet: Ph (Phone) + ablet (tablet).

19. flipflopdevice

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Worst pronunciation ever... Phoblet... hehehe

11. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

I wonder if the odd aspect ratio causes problems with many apps? I know back when I first got my note 1, the non-standard resolution and aspect for back them caused a few issues.

21. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

no problem with any apps at all,in mangawatcher or comics reader it scale up nicely and can have a full screen without problem. the IPS LCD display really sharp to display any small text too

14. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

What a hideous phone. Not sure why anyone would buy this stinker when they could have 5.2" in a LG G2 which is a great phone, though a bit too Samsung IMO. But that screen... mmm mmm mmm.

15. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This phone is trash. My god. Why would you make a third phone?

17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Dide phonearena just nag about this thing having a snappy 800? Ik this phone doesn't appeal to many but im sure anyone who does buy it will be very happy with the chipset.

22. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

anyone who buying this, will be happy with the aspect ratio not the chipset.

18. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013


20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree with majority, that does not look good at all.

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