Following the release of a teaser video at the beginning of the month, LG has made its Optimus Vu tablet/smartphone hybrid official in Korea. Thanks to a translation of the Korean press release, it seems likely LG will be bringing the Vu to Mobile World Congress, indicating we could see its international launch soon too.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu sports a big screen – 5-inches here – but adopts an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio to separate it from Samsung’s big-screen beast. It certainly makes it look very different in the pictures, but is also a not-inconsiderable 8mm wider than the already wide Note, so don’t expect it to be any easier to handle.
At 8.5mm, the device is thinner than the Note’s 9.7mm though, and a touch lighter at 168 grams instead of 178 grams. While the Note has attracted both positive and negative comments concerning its size, it’s unlikely the Optimus Vu will change anybody’s mind on the subject of these big phones/small tablets.
As expected, the Vu will use a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.3 megapixel lens on the front and 32GB of memory. It will also have an HDMI-out, DLNA and Wi-Fi Connect support, plus a hefty 2080mAh battery.
Like the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu will have a stylus for taking notes and drawing pictures on the screen.
Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be pre-installed, however LG says an update to Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming within three months of the device’s launch.
Right now, the Vu is only confirmed for Korea, where it’ll go on sale in March. However, if it does appear during MWC an international launch seems inevitable, especially given the sales success of the Note.