LG Optimus Vu unveiled

Stylus driven phone/tablet hybrid to rival the Galaxy Note

February 20, 2012
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LG has revealed a new smartphone which some would call a hybrid mini-tablet device given its screen size of 5 inches.

And indeed its form factor of a 4:3 display, which makes it quite wide. When we tell you the device comes with a stylus, you’re probably quite rightly thinking that this is LG’s rival for the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The idea is that it’s small enough to use a smartphone – just – yet you can scribble notes on it, use it as a virtual pad or mini-tablet.

The 5 inch display is an IPS affair with a resolution of 1024×768, and the processor is a beefy 1.5GHz dual-core model.

Twin cameras are on board, a front-facer for video chatting, and the main rear unit is an 8 megapixel snapper, plus there’s 32GB of storage.

It will also be thin, at 8.5mm in profile, and will have 4G LTE on board those territories where it’s applicable.

The major disappointment on launch will be the fact that LG has only managed to get Android Gingerbread on board. However, an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is promised fairly quickly.

The Vu is due to be officially unwrapped at Mobile World Congress which begins a week today.

The price point will be the other key factor in the race against the Galaxy Note.


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