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You may not have heard of the Optimus Vu, LG's answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Vu is a 4:3 aspect ratio, 5-inch phone with pen input, released in South Korea earlier this year running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and it's due for an ICS update any day now. It's also yet to appear at all outside of Korea, so it's somewhat surprising to see it emerge today, apparently sporting a big Verizon Wireless logo atop its squarish XGA display.

The image above, and a few more, have been published by ​Android Police​, and by all accounts they appear to show a Verizon Optimus Vu (or LG VS950) running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Big Red's logo up top, and its 4G LTE branding around the back.

First announced at MWC in February, the Vu hasn't made too much of a splash on the smartphone world, so it's a little puzzling to see it as a candidate to appear on Verizon's network now. We should also point out that just because one prototype unit exists, it doesn't necessarily follow that the Vu will actually launch on Verizon. We've been through that before (hey there, HTC Merge).

So we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, you can find out all about the Optimus Vu in our hands-on non-unboxing unboxing of the Korean version.

Source: Android Police; via: The Verge

There are 22 comments

Floss82 says:

Guess this is the Verizon's version of the Galaxy Note lol

butters619 says:

4:3 5". That phone has got to be crazy wide.

Uncle Louie says:

I'd still prefer the Note; but I would definitely give this a look if it came to Sprint.

effapple says:

4:3.. this thing is going to be incredibly awkward to hold! look at the screen comparison compared to my gnex!! O_o

DubA says:

Kill it! Hurry while it's just laying there !!

pjsmith35 says:

I hope this isnt correct. I am really wanting verizon to get the note II. 4:3 aspect ratio died in the late 90's.

JayND says:

Apparently not in Korea, and who are we to judge? We're still in the internet's middle ages compared to them.
That said I'd be more than a little surprised if this thing does actually come out on Verizon...and still sporting an S3 processor.

Mindoversoul says:

Have you not seen an iPad?

jcastag says:

Who the f is in charge of product approvals at VZW?

Fire that person tomorrow

soooo T-Mobile is getting the Samsung Galaxy Note and Verizon is getting the LG Optimus Vu.... I can see who's getting the shorter end of the stick on this one.

pjsmith35 says:

I heard that Verizon is going to call it the LG optimus Pu

pachi72 says:


Chocu1a says:

lmao, too funny.

Last Ride says:

I saw this thing running around Dallas a few weeks ago. I didn't get a good look at the device, but it did look really wide, and I use a Razr! Oh well, options are never a bad thing.

Azholio says:

WOW! This thing is down right FUGLY! Did someone at LG lose a bet? MORE BEZEL PLEASE!

mhmmdy123 says:

I do prefer the Galaxy Note 5.3' and it has ratio 3.0' almost and easy to use.
I`m getting the Galaxy Note 2 when it comes out, it has Quad-core 1.5GHz and 2GB ram, it`s good enough for me.

JayND says:

Yeah and by the time that mythical device comes out I'll have married and conceived offspring with Scarlett Johansson...ok fine maybe not THAT far from now, point is that's thing is still so far off it isn't even relevant now.

pachi72 says:

Not a good VU from here.

RaiderWill says:

Really Verizon?

Thank Gawd I just left you and got my Galaxy Note.. Your Loosing it.

SteveIowa says:

D.O.A. --- Next

Gingerbread? *smh*

Premium1 says:

Did you even read the article? Clearly says ICS.