LG (O66570) on Tuesday officially announced a followup to its Optimus Vu smartphone. The 5-inch device known as the Optimus Vu II will continue to feature an odd 4:3 aspect ration along with an upgraded 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, VoLTE capabilities and a larger 2,150 mAh battery. Similar to its predecessor, the phablet will include a stylus, Android 4.0, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The company also announced an optional “One Key” accessory, which can be placed on a user’s key ring and pressed to help locate the phone by generating a loud beep. The Optimus Vu II will be available in Korea for $864 before taxes and subsidies, and LG did not disclose any information regarding U.S. availability. More →
A purported press image for the unannounced LG Intuition, known outside the U.S. as the Optimus Vu, was published on Monday by The Verge. The supersized smartphone is equipped with a massive 5-inch display and features a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.0 with LG’s (06657011) Optimus UI. Unlike its closest competitor the Galaxy Note, the Intuition features an odd 4:3 aspect ratio, however the smartphone-tablet hybrid has managed to sell more than 500,000 units since March. The Intuition is expected to be released at the end of September on Verizon Wireless for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. More →
Earlier this month, LG (06657011) announced that its smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Optimus Vu, would be arriving in the U.S at the end of September. According to Droid-Life, the device will be launching on Verizon’s 4G LTE network as the LG Intuition for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. The Optimus Vu was unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress sporting a massive 5-inch display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. While the device hasn’t matched the success of the Galaxy Note, LG revealed the phablet has sold more than 500,000 units since March. The Intuition will face tough competition on Verizon’s (VZ) network from the Galaxy S III, the upcoming iPhone and HTC’s rumored 5-inch smartphone. More →
Verizon (VZ) customers who have been looking on in envy at AT&T (T) customers’ gigantic Samsung (005930) Galaxy Notes can rest easy because they will soon have a “phablet” to call their own. Unwired View points to an LG (066570) press release stating that the five-inch Optimus Vu will be released in the United States by the end of September, meaning Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note will finally get some competition in the supersized smartphone space. Although no carrier has been officially named yet, all signs point to Verizon supporting the Optimus Vu on its LTE network when it launches. In addition to its large 5-inch screen, the Optimus Vu will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera. More →
LG announced its Optimus Vu smartphone-tablet hybrid at Mobile World Congress in February. Unlike its closest competitor, the Galaxy Note, the Vu features an odd 4:3 aspect ratio and a rather unsightly design. The oversized “phablet” was also released with less fanfare than the Note, which has been quite successful according to Samsung. LG is still determined to bring the phablet stateside, however. Late last month the Vu showed up at the FCC with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network and now, according to images obtained by AndroidPolice, the device isn’t far off. More →
Engadget has found a Federal Communications Commission filing detailing what looks to be a new version of the LG Optimus Vu with radio specs tailored for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Although the model in the FCC filing is dubbed the “LG VS950,” it’s pretty clearly the Optimus Vu as Engadget notes that a picture of the device in the filing “shows the exact same speaker grille setup on the lower left as well as the SIM flap on the upper right” as well as “something that looks curiously like an antenna on the top left – in the very same place as the Korean Optimus Vu.” For those who need a refresher about the Optimus Vu, which debuted earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, it’s a Galaxy Note-style “phablet” with a large 5-inch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera.
During today’s LG media preview event here at MWC, we got a chance to spend a bit of hands-on time with a few of LG’s new 2012 devices. Among the three handsets unveiled today was the Optimus Vu, which is LG’s answer to the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note. This not-quite-tablet, not-quite-smartphone sports an impressive spec sheet, with a 5-inch XGA display sporting a 4:3 aspect ratio, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a massive 2,080 mAh battery. Oh, and did we mention this sexy beast is only 8.5mm thick? In use, we found the device to be surprisingly fast and responsive, and the included stylus seemed more or less functional in operation. It’s definitely not as elaborate as Samsung’s “S Pen” but it does the job, if a stylus is your thing. We’re also not huge fans of LG’s UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least it’s an improvement over older versions of the UI. Check the hands-on gallery below!
LG on Sunday announced the Optimus Vu a week before the handset’s Mobile World Congress debut. The Vu features a 5-inch IPS display and is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. The device is thinner than the competing Samsung Galaxy Note, coming in a 8.5 millimeters. “The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone,” president and CEO of LG Dr. Jong-seok Park said. “By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.” The “phablet” is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity and a 2,080 mAh battery. The Vu will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich has been promised within three months of the handset’s March launch. Read on for LG’s press release. More →
LG recently began teasing a new smartphone that could very well make its debut during the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month. The device, dubbed the Optimus Vu, will offer a 5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and rumor has it the phone will also come equipped with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage, support for NFC, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the Optimus Vu will reportedly run Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. So far we’re not seeing a whole lot to be excited about other than the massive screen, since most of the specs are similar to what we’ve already seen in the LG Optimus LTE phone. We expect LG will have more surprises up its sleeve during the show, however. More →