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
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
SEOUL, Aug. 20, 2012 – On the heels of its successful debut in Korea and Japan, the Optimus Vu: will make its global debut starting in select markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America starting in September. With the world’s first 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio display, the Optimus Vu: blurs the line between traditional tablets and smartphones for a truly unique smart device experience.
Since its March debut in Korea, the Optimus Vu: has sold over 500,000 units, demonstrating public acceptance of its form-factor. The reception the device received in Korea prompted LG to launch the Optimus Vu: in Japan this month, where it has also been received positively by Japanese consumers.
For the global roll-out, the Optimus Vu: will be equipped with NVIDIA? Tegra? 3 mobile processor, the super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core with 5th battery-saver core, that offers a superb balance of performance and power requirements. 4 cores are used for high performance tasks such as games and multitasking. For voice call, email, music and video playback, only 5th battery-saver core is enabled and it consumes very less power.
When paired with the high-resolution 5-inch, 4:3 ratio IPS display, the Optimus Vu: becomes something special – a device that’s both pocketable and spacious. The Optimus Vu: will come with an upgraded version of QuickMemo™ and Notebook, two features which make great use of the large display real estate.
“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,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 5.0-inch 4:3 ratio XGA IPS with 768 x 1024 pixels