February 19, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, LG has confirmed the large phone that has appeared in leaked photos in recent weeks. On its Korean-language news blog, LG announced the Optimus Vu as a phone that will “surprise the public” when it is officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress next week.
The Optimus Vu is a Samsung Galaxy Note rival that has a 5-inch touchscreen. But unlike Samsung’s supersized phone, the Vu has a 4:3 aspect ratio, 650 IPS display, and 1024 x 768 resolution. My Korean is a little rusty (as in never learned or used), but Google Translate shows LG saying something about the screen providing “viewing pleasure maximization” and a convenient blend between phone and tablet. It even does good under sunlight.
The Vu supports LTE connectivity and has a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It’s running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) at the moment, but LG promises to upgrade the device to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) within three months. The software is running LG’s heavily-customized user interface. It also a pen-input system to support both fingers and a Reobeodyum pen for writing and drawing.
LG will debut the Optimus Vu at Mobile World Congress. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos and product specs.
[Optimus Vu: (view) Specifications:
- Dimensions: 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm / Weight: 168 g
- Display: 5 inch IPS (1024×768) Display
- Camera: (rear) 8,000,000 pixels (AF LED flash support) / (front), 1.3-megapixel
- Memory: 32GB eMMC
-CPU: Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Battery: 2080 mAh
- Other: HDMI, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, T-DMB support, etc.