We are still not sure if a device with a 5in screen should be called a tablet or a smartphone but for those of you looking to own such a device, LG has just unveiled the Optimus Vu which is set to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note in the phablet market.
Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, LG Korea has announced the 5in LG Optimus Vu. However unlike the Galaxy Note, the screen of the Optimus Vu has a 4:3 aspect ratio, making this 5in monster stand out even more from the competition, with LG saying this provides “optimum readability”
The Optimus Vu will be 8.5mm thick and feature a 1,024×768 IPS screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera and will come with 32GB of storage. And, like the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu will come with an in-built stylus.
It will support the 4G LTE network and will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which will be a major disappointment for those hoping for the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, though LG has promised an update within three months. You’ll also get DLNA support, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi Direct and a large 2,080mAh battery.
The phone, which we’ll be getting our hands on at Mobile World Congress next week, will initially go on sale in early March in South Korea and if or when the large smartphone/tablet will be coming to other regions is not known yet.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the new 5in beast from LG and if you think the 4:3 aspect ratio is the way forward.
Source: LG Korea (translated)