LG Optimus Vu

The first half of 2011 was all about 3D displays for Korean manufacturer LG, with the likes of the Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad. Looks like LG has something new cooked up for 2012. The LG Optimus Vu has bade an early appearance on LG's Youtube channel. And, yeah. It looks a little squat there. That's a 5-inch display you're looking at with a 4:3 aspect ration. Not something you see every day. 

Other hardware features we've been able to glean from the video are a couple buttons (or maybe screws?) on the top bezel (perhaps three, actually), along with a USB port that appears to be hidden behind a door, and a headphone jack. The volume rocker appears to be on the right-hand side.

Other unofficial specs are said to be a 1024x768 display, a dual-core Qualcomm WPQ8060 processor running at 1.5GHz, 1GB or RAM, 8GB of ROM, and an 8MP camera.

Interesting here is that most of the phones we've seen leaked for the first half of the year have gone to three capacitive buttons -- including the already released LG Spectrum on Verizon -- presumably in preparation for an Ice Cream Sandwich update. We've got no idea when an Ice Cream Sandwich update might be in store for the Optimus Vu (though it's said to be destined for one), nor if it's intended for any markets outside Korea.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and stay tuned, as we're willing to put money down that we'll see this guy at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks.

Source: LG Blog (Korea); via Datacider (translated), The Verge

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LG Optimus Vu teases a 5-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio



If you're going to make a phone with a 5" screen you need to make the screen thin. This will be super awkward to hold. And isn't one of the main advantages of a larger screen for watching videos? There's not really an advantage when half the screen is black bars above and below the picture.

Tl;dr there's no reason to buy this over the Note.

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Hey look at that the LG Vu and a tablet bumped uglies and this popped out a bit later. Too big for a phone, too small for a tablet, but with an LG brand you know it's going to sell somewhere.

I think the fat screen, vs. 16:9 has practical advantages. If I"m not watching a movie, but surfing the web, I'd rather have a larger screen. With 16:9 and horizontal viewing, you're not going to get much on the screen.

Thank god somebody is figuring out that a lot of people want 4:3 aspect ration screens. 16:9 completely BLOWS for web surfing, reading, editing documents, etc.

There's nothing "modern" about a 16:9 screen. Manufacturers don't make 16x9 screens because they love you and want you to have a perfect, full-screen movie experience. They make them because it's cheaper for them. If a manufacturer's target is to be able to advertise a "4 inch screen", the 16:9 screen is smaller in terms of total square inches than the 4:3 screen. That means they can produce a greater quantity of the 16:9 screens for the same manufacturing cost.

Until this article, I've never even considered buying an LG phone. Now, I'll be taking a close look when it's time to replace my current phone.

I think this is superior to the note in terms of its class. It's sleek, its functional, it makes sense. Its not for everyone, nor was it meant to be. I believe it to be more intuitive than the note and should eventually replace it.