LG Optimus Vu ‘Phablet’ Coming to U.S.
LG this weekend confirmed that its large Optimus Vu smartphone “phablet” will be available in the U.S. during the third quarter.
In a translated press release, LG said it is “targeting the United States during the third quarter” for the Optimus Vu. Exact dates and pricing were not discussed.
LG unveiled the smartphone at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and it boasts a 5-inch, 1024-by-768-pixel screen. It’s slim at 8.5mm and runs Qualcomm’s 1.5-GHz S4 processor. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front. It has about 26GB of free memory to store your data.
The Vu comes with a stylus, but as PCMag’s Sascha Segan noted when he got some hands-on time with the gadget at MWC, there’s no slot on the Vu for the stylus; you’ll need an extra case for both devices.
The LG Optimus Vu will be competing with the Samsung Galaxy Note , another smartphone/tablet combo – hence the “phablet” moniker – that boasts a 5.3-inch screen. Samsung is set to unveil its next-gen Galaxy Note later this month, which could boost the current 16:10 screen ratio to 16:9 on a new, larger display.
Samsung has also produced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a larger version of the Note, which also incorporates a stylus. It is coming to the U.K. on Aug. 16 and should be released in the U.S. shortly thereafter.
For more, see the LG Optimus Vu in the slideshow below. Other LG Optimus devices available in the U.S. include the Elite on Sprint and Virgin Mobile and the M+ for MetroPCS.
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