LG bends the rules and says the LG Optimus Vu sold 1 million units in South Korea

LG bends the rules and says the LG Optimus Vu sold 1 million units in South Korea
Earlier on Monday,we told you that the Samsung GALAXY Note II had sold 1 million units in South Korea over 90 days. But Samsung isn't the only South Korean manufacturer to sell 1 million units of a phablet in its own back yard. LG has announced that it has has sold 1 million units of the LG Optimus Vu in South Korea. With a 5 inch screen (as opposed to the 5.5 inch panel on the Samsung GALAXY Note II), what really makes LG's offering different is the 4:3 aspect ratio which makes the screen somewhat boxy and and the device hard to hold.

We should add that while both the Samsung GALAXY Note II and the LG Optimus Vu both sold 1 million units in South Korea, Samsung accomplished the feat in 90 days while it took LG three times as long. And it would seem that LG is combining sales of both its LG Optimus Vu and LG Optimus Vu II units to reach the 1 million mark. That would seem to muddy the comparison with Samsung's model.

source: MK (translate), Yonhap 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
Optimus Vu II
  • Display 5.0" 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(8.33h talk time)

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17 Comments

1. metalpoet unregistered

LG why are you cheating, I remember when you guys were the kings of the feature phones with a phone like the LG Dare, LG Chocolate, and LG Envy Touch. Now your smartphones are weird, bozxed, and the software looks cheap. come on guys pick it up!

2. stychill unregistered

There isn't one Custom UI that i like in the android camp, But The List would Be Motorolla, Samsung, HTC followed by LG, they do need to do something about their products anything they did on their own i over look it

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Hence the reason why people hack and mod Android phones the way we want. I'm running a mod that turns my $40 64gig sd card into primary storage. Or enabling multiview for all apps on my Note 2. Or having the choice of custom roms. The iphone 5 has been on the market for over 3 months and there is still no jailbreak for it. And I can't even comment about windows phone.

5. stychill unregistered

I understand that and i would too, but something looking like crap right out of the box doesn't get my interest. The idea that i have to jump through hoops just to get something looking close to presentable turns me away from that product, Hacking is alright but personally i could never get that done before my warranty is up that's just me. There are multiple reasons why i would prefer my device to be appealing right out of the box and LG just doesn't yet create their software with that kind of flare stock android has. Initially i would personalize with apps months later after i've gotten accustomed to my "new" phone i would then root it and continue from there.

4. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

what LG has just said could be a nominee for Bluff of the Year!

6. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think it could be true, Oprimus Vu is really common is south korea.

13. akbarkool

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

i think u guys forgot that nokia sold 2.5 million lumia 920s in 20 days!!!!

7. SleepingOz unregistered

4:3 aspect ration is weird and ugly imho..

8. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Is lg sure ? May be they are adding few more extra zeros by mistake in their calculations !

9. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Lg should stop making these crappy phones and should focus on getting more Nexus 4's in stock... am sure they will be able to boost about the numbers then...

10. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

oh LG, everyone knows you're trying to copy the statement that samsung said. i don't think anyone would use Vu for smartphone, 4:3 ratio is great for tablet but not for smartphone

11. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

and that million people remain saying '' oh, wat we did :'( ''

12. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Give Lg a break, its a smart phone with a big screen people will buy it.

14. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

LG phablet sucks HARDWARE WISE, its is very uncomfortable to hold...even Huwaei and BLU makes better phablets, but samsung is the only one who did it perfectly

15. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

note 2 sold 1million and now the Vu also sold 1 million in korea. and this does not include the galaxy s3 or Lg's L-series! wow, the koreans must be changing their phones every year! i wonder were their one year old phones go?

16. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

lol, i own an LG vu, the phone is amazing...battery life is very good as well..my only complain is how big it is while talking in it....before someone starts ranting, i got it in a very good price, that it was hard not to buy

17. shirtlessrabbit4

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

I monthly don't think its that bad of a phone. I actually think 4:3 looks decent, its not slow, has a functioning pen with colors and such, who uses pressure sensitivity every day anyways? Sure the bezels are way bigger than needed, but that makes it very thin. Would fit perfect in any bag, this is a phone for bag people and its perfect. I do agree that this would be best offered as like an iPod touch deal, as a mini tablet you know. If lg made this without cellular, it would skyrocket!

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