LG Optimus Vu pictured with fellow phablet Samsung GALAXY Note

LG Optimus Vu pictured with fellow phablet Samsung GALAXY Note
The other day we told you about a phone that could be introduced by LG at MWC in Barcelona. A teaser page and animated video revealed the LG Optimus Vu, an Android powered phablet that offers a 5 inch screen with a 1024x768 resolution IPS-LCD display. That works out to a 4:3 aspect ratio. First, we should let you know that this smartphone has absolutely nothing to do with 2008's LG Vu, a featurephone known for its mobile television function.

A picture of the LG Optimus Vu standing next to the Samsung GALAXY Note has been making the rounds online. While the former device is slightly smaller than the GALAXY Note, the 4:3 aspect ratio on the Optimus Vu makes it wider than the Samsung device. Looking at the 5 inch and 5.3 inch screens on the LG Optimus Vu and Samsung GALAXY Note respectively, we have to ask what the heck is in the Korean water that makes smartphones grow so big there?

The LG Optimus Vu is certainly a model that any smartphone fanatic would love to see more of later this month in Barcelona. Hopefully we will learn about availability and pricing of the phablet at MWC. And who would have thought that the Samsung GALAXY Note would have what appears to be such a strong competitor so soon?

source: helloadam100.blog.me via UnwiredView

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Optimus Vu
  • Display 5.0" 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2080 mAh



1. greenrolaids

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

the note looks way freaking nicer. LG is known for making s**tty phones. Samsung on the other hand is not. hmmm... Plus add the fact that the samsung developer community is waaaaay bigger than the LG community. Hopefully LG will prove me wrong.. but by their history .. i can only guess not.

8. Country

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Oh, come on, its not that bad. Watch the LG optimus VU video, it has a good design.

9. greenrolaids

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

im only speculating from the past lg phones.. and the past lg phones have been marketed like the pantec phones.. at the mid to bottom price points. they usually cut corners to get to that point. I hope they prove me wrong.. but history tells a better story than hope.

13. fost4real

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i agree. and i must repeat that LG phones sucks. the only LG phone i may want to have is the New Prada. the rest to me are very ugly and funny. hnnnn

23. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung has made plenty of s***ty phones. Remember the -intercept? The replenish?

24. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

The Transform, the Moment just to add to the list.

29. Nizar

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

remember the instinct? LOL

28. chadrick0814 unregistered

In your humble opinion.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

I agree; the note looks nicer.

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

LG is nice actually, all they need is to use a better Mobile chipset then optimize it.

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Two things going for the LG device: (a) larger icons and (b) no stylus to lose.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

LG's UI looks way too crappy, it just looks like its made for Feature phones. Maybe not everyone loves Touchwiz but at least it doesnt hinder the experience. SGS2 and beyond devices have been very snappy and responsive while the ONLY decent LG phone has been the G2X running STOCK gingerbread.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011


7. Dimitru

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Galaxy Note is Much Better....

10. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

the only thing going for the LG is their superb IPS display. other than that, I will just have to keep my Note. they should have gone the 16:9 screen ratio and maintain a comfortable one handed grip, 1280x800 or greater screen resolution, bigger battery capacity, and ICS out the box. almost awesome LG.

17. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

ips instead of amoled hd, no thanks

31. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

1280x800 isn't 16:9, it's 8:5/16:10 Go here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_resolution and click on & study the first pic.

11. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

IDK ... All else being equal I'd take the LG.

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I hate the 4:3 resoloution.why not use a normal screen aspect,lg?


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the phone lg vu looks wider and i think that would not fit easily to everyone's hANd actually lg phone looks good and way cheaper but most of the time the leading competitor has much to give and thats hopefully this one would not fail!

15. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

sooooooooooooooooo ugly Note has 1000000 times better look

16. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

4:3 is great for gaming and web browsing, much better than 16:9, only thing that it is worst than 16:9 is watching movies...and its better looking than note i dont care what you say samsung fans, its better looking

27. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Agreed. I own a Samsung and still think the LG looks pretty good.

18. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

sincerely it's the worst phone design i've ever seen. Square phone phahahahahah

30. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

4x3 is a rectangle.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Apparently we have some wussy lg fanboys in here who just wanna thumb everyone down for not liking LG.

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The 4:3 screen aspect is quite puzzling as its an old outdated screen ratio these days and only used in cheap budget phones types and iphones. Also this aspect will make the vu uncomfortably wide in the hand in comparison to the galaxy note.

21. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Lol! The Note is huge, but in my eyes very sleek and sexy. Tub-O on the other hand could stand to lose a few pounds. Competition is good, but honestly i don't think LG chose the right spec to differentiate on.

22. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm no LG fanboy, but LG is known for being the first in the smartphone arena. First touch screen, first dualcore, first device with HD display, first Ltd/hdspa+ handset, and soon first quadcore phone. LG has a solid track history and they are still progressing. Ill be the first to admit my g2x isn't perfect, but it was a game changer.

25. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

DITCH THE WORD PHABLET!!!!!! Both of the devices are PHONES! not TABLETS!.. Anyways LGs PHONE is going to be a fail. It doesn't look like any thought was put into making the phone. As for samsung the note for now isn't something I would buy but I would like to hold the phone to see how it feels.

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