LG and Verizon have teamed up to announce the U.S variant of the LG Optimus Vu, the LG Intuition. The Galaxy Note competitor from LG sports a 5-inch True HD IPS display with 720p resolution with excellent viewing angles and color reproduction.
Other specs of the LG Intuition include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera with an LED flash at the back, a 1.3MP camera in the front, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC and GPS with A-GPS. LG will also be bundling two NFC tags, which can be re-programmed using the pre-installed LG Tag+ app.
The handset-cum-tablet hybrid will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. LG have added some useful features with their skin including the ability to click a picture via voice commands, a Notebook app that will allow users to take virtual notes on the Intuition, and a suite of Amazon apps.
The LG Intuition will be available from September 6th on all Verizon stores and website for $199.99 on a two-year contract. Buyers who order the phablet between Sept. 6 to 10th will also receive a free LG Tone Stereo Bluetooth headset.
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.