Trip to FCC by LG Optimus Vu outs handset's ultimate designation: Verizon

Trip to FCC by LG Optimus Vu outs handset's ultimate designation: Verizon
Back when 2012 was new, there was some speculation that the Samsung GALAXY Note phablet was coming to Verizon under the name of the Samsung GALAXY Journal. Nearly half a year later, no such device has made its way on Big Red's lineup. But that doesn't mean that Verizon won't be getting a large screen phablet for its customers. The LG Optimus Vu was outed in February as a competitor to the GALAXY Note with a 5 inch IPS-LCD display and a 4:3 aspect ratio. A model looking very much like the LG Optimus Vu visited the FCC wearing model number LG VS950. The model number doesn't require  a code-breaking expert to tell us that it looks like a Verizon model number. And if that isn't enough for the average Verizon fan to get excited about, the LTE logo on the back illustration of the device is the style used by Big Red. The radios show support for LTE Band 13, CDMA, GSM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC.

So what makes everyone think that the phone that visited the Feds is the LG Optimus Vu? The placement of the antenna in the top left of the device matches where it is found in the Korean version of the Optimus Vu while the speaker grille and the SIM flap are also in the same spots. If this is the LG Optimus Vu, why should Verizon customers be excited? Well, in addition to the 5 inch screen with resolution of 768 x 1024 and pixel density of 256ppi, the LG Optimus Vu has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front-facing cameras and a 2080mAh battery. There is no microSD slot on the device.

In March, the overseas version of the LG Optimus Vu launched in Korea for the equivalent of $890 USD, but if it does launch on Verizon, we would expect it to be subsidized, of course. The unconventional 4:3 aspect ratio gives the device a boxy look. Back at MWC, it didn't appear that LG was planning on a U.S. stop on the LG Optimus Vu's world tour. But we have seen the device get its Bluetooth certification and all signs point to the device finding a home at Verizon.  Will Verizon customers shopping for a device to give them the phablet experience be satisfied with LG's variant? That will be the million dollar question, quite literally. Obviously we have no launch date or pricing info.

Check out our Hands-on of the LG Optimus Vu by clicking on this link.

source: FCC via Engadget

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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

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24 Comments

1. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Gotta love VZW. We ask for a Note, and they give us a Vu! When is my contract up?

2. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I don't know if i should laugh or cry.

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Fail, I need the extra 0.30". If that's the case I'll go with the GSIII; I played with T-Mobile's iteration yesterday and got a serious böner'. LG just hasn't proved itself on the same level (yet). Damn Verizon, give us a Note already.

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Another stupid decision by Verizon. The Note (which will have been out 4 almost a year by the time the Vu is released) looks to be much better than this POS. The Vu is more comparable 2 the Dell Streak in my opinion.

5. bbdol

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

5 inch screen with an Qualcomm 1.5Ghz S3 and a 2080mAh battery? Now that's trouble.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you don't know it's an S3, this could very well have an S4.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The original had an S3, so it would stand to reason that this model will as well. Maybe LG will surprise us though.

6. jsd0108

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Verizon is all about 4G LTE right now so why would they release the Note which is a 3G product? It makes perfect sense from Verizon's point-of-view. Maybe the Note 2....

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

The Note has LTE...

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

AT&T's had an LTE Note for several months now. A watered-down, laggy S3-powered Note, but a Note nonetheless.

13. pandakilla

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but you have to remember Verizons 4G LTE is a lot faster than any other 4G out there, and it has way better coverage than AT&T

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

for the moment Verizon just has the largest and most reliable LTE network out there. AT&T has a slight advantage in speed right now.

15. pandakilla

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Only on the 3G network not on the 4G LTE...It has already been proven that Verizon is fater on the 4G side but when it comes to the 3G speeds AT&T takes it

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

...what are you talking about? xD Verizon has the best 3G and 4G LTE network coverage and the LTE is no slouch in speed either, it can easily trade blows with AT&T's LTE network but the reality of it right now is that AT&T's is generally faster but not by much. AT&T has the faster 3G network being GSM based and also the faster 4G LTE network FOR NOW. AT&T's LTE will start slowing down when the network gain more users.

18. pandakilla

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

my bad your right....I was looking at laptop speeds lol

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh lol, i've never taken a look at the laptop speeds myself. xD

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I hate the UI overlays of both Samsung and LG. I have to put a launcher over my S2 because they have to make stock Android look so damn crappy. I wish that the manufacturers would just start using stock Android.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sounds like you want a Motorola. ;D

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Note has no business on Verizon at this point. this would be more compelling at this point being that it probably has an S4 and LG's new Optimus UI 3.0 vs. TW4 (which may i remind you barely changed from the way it was a year ago even after being run on top of ICS.) we'll just have this now and the Note 2 later. they delivered on the SIII didn't they? they know what the people want but they're not going to make stupid moves just to satisfy a few impatient fan-boys.

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

eh, nvm. the Vu is trash. just saw the Review for it. my statement about the Note still stands though. wait for the friggin' Note 2.

20. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Now I'm confused what Verizon is trying to get. Optimus LTE 2 now the Vu.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

maybe both. Verizon's been pretty tight with LG for a while.

22. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Obviously red is trying to get the best LG has.

24. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

if it comes, it comes. if it doesnt, it doesnt. if you like and want it, get it. if you dont like it and dont want it, dont get it. simple as that lol. no need to complain about the phone

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