LG Optimus Vu is now officially U.S. bound, 5 inch screen and all; 500,000 units sold in South Korea

LG Optimus Vu is now officially U.S. bound, 5 inch screen and all; 500,000 units sold in South Korea
It's nice to have fans in your own backyard as LG confirmed by announcing that it has sold 500,000 units of the LG Optimus Vu in its home town of South Korea. At the same time, the manufacturer said that the device is coming to the U.S. which should make LG fans, or those leaning toward the phablet category, quite happy. The word on the street is that Verizon will be getting a shot at the LG Optimus Vu with a launch sometime before the end of next month.That really isn't going out on a limb considering that we have shown you leaked photos of the model running Android 4.0 with the Verizon brand.

The LG Optimus Vu is coming to America

The LG Optimus Vu is coming to America

One thing that sets the LG Optimus Vu apart from its fellow phablet, the Samsung GALAXY Note, is its 4:3 aspect ratio. Because of that, the LG Optimus Vu comes off looking more square and tablet like than the Samsung GALAXY Note which looks more like a giant phone. Not only does it affect the shape of the model, it also might affect video encoded in 16:9.

The specs for a Verizon branded version of the LG Optimus Vu include a 5 inch screen with resolution of 768 x 1024 and a pixel density of 256ppi. A dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor is under the hood and 1GB of RAM is aboard. There is also 32GB of internal storage that can be soubled with the 32GB capacity microSD slot. The rear and front-facing cameras come in at 8MP and 1.3MP respectively and there is a 2080mAh battery keeping the power going. Android 4.0.4 will be installed out of the box. While there is no word on pricing, there should be a wide contingent of Verizon fans who have been shut out from the Samsung GALAXY Note, interested in a little phablet action of their own.

source: LG via UnwiredView

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12 Comments

1. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

poor resolution and S3 processor? LOL. Pass.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1752; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Not to mention its only .2 inches bigger than my Samsung galaxy s3 it would be pointless for people with the sg3 to get this leaving only people that did not want the sg3 wich I doubt would want the lg if they don't like the Samsung. This phone is I think the wrong size under powered and coming about six months too late to be have that many sales. I think it will do poorly on Verizon. Unless off contract price is really good. Maybe a low subsudized price may grab some people also.

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true true. and that aspect ratio made it look like a square device. Making it hard to put on your pocket.

2. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If its price low it might do well. I am thinking $99-179. Since its LG.

3. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I honestly think that could be it's only saving grace. At our store the only LG that sells well is the Lucid and that's only because it's cheap. The Revolution and the Spectrum never really sold that well here.

5. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Maybe if the girl comes with it. Otherwise no.

6. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2100mAh battery and 4.8" HD SAMOLED Plus display 315ppi, LG Optimus VU has 2080mAh battery and 5" display 256ppi not too big like Galaxy Note 5.5". LG Optimus VU should be a budget smartphone with this low specs.

7. MISTER.H

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I have the note for the past 4month's, and loving it! LG vu is underpowerd and slightly low specs. Doesn't interest me, but for other's it might?

8. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

LG made yet another mistake by releasing a device in its home place first before bringing it here. Although I understand the need to feel the market first, if you release it around the same time as everyone else, you maximize your chance at revenue. Granted it could pick up users who are dying for one on Verizon but with the Note 2 around the corner, that might be short lived. On another note, these phablets are peeking my interest so much that i might grab one of these instead of a phone. And from the looks of it, my choices will probably be between HTC, Samsung, and LG

9. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

First, you have to wonder what LG designers were thinking when thinking it was a good idea to use a 4:3 for a 5" display phone. It may make sense for a tablet but not for a phone that needs to be slim enough to hold without being awkward. Second, what is Verizon thinking bringing previous generation phone over to break their way into the phablet waters? Especially when AT&T will be releasing the Note 2 around the same time. It's what you would expect from a local carrier not a jaugernaut. And, I'll give 2:1 odds it will have a $200 price tag as the carriers only phablet option. Hopefully rumors hold true that it will shortly be followed by the HTC phablet dropping this to a budget friendly (although poorly designed) option. I'm excited about the emerging phablet category to suffice as a single all around go to tablet but this certainly is not it. What manufacturers should focus on to spring atop of Samsung's Note is a durable edge to edge display along with current generation tech.

11. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

To LG : the VU is such a joke . I don't think it can compete

12. darryl12132

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 29, 2012

it looks kinda cheap. IMO

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