While the Dell Streak was a complete disaster, the Galaxy Note from Samsung has been selling pretty decently in various regions of the world. Seeing the success of this super-sized phone-cum-tablet, the Korean sibling of Samsung, LG has also released a Note competitor, the Optimus Vu.
The Optimus Vu has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768, and a DPI of 256PPI. The handset is quite a bit wider than the Note (90.4mm vs. 83mm), which gives this weird shaped phone an aspect ratio of 4:3. The handset is also pretty thin with a waistline of just 8.5mm.
Internally, the Vu packs in a Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, an Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory. There is also an 8MP camera at the back of the Vu aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling purposes. The Optimus Vu will first be launched in Korea and thus comes with all the local connectivity features like T-DMB along with the usual LTE, HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth etc. The battery of the Optimus Vu is pretty small compared to that on the Galaxy Note though – 2080mAh vs. 2500mAh on the Note.
This weird shaped handset will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s custom UI on top of it when launched, and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after. The Optimus Vu will be available under SK Telecom and LG+ carriers in South Korea by early March at an unknown price.