Optimus Vu

Android Central at Mobile World Congress LG has made the Optimus Vu official, announcing the 5-inch phone on their Korean Newsroom site early this AM.  Running Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and packing a 5.0-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a specialized stylus, the size alone makes this one a force to reckon with.

The full list of specs according to LG:

  • 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 168g
  • 5-inch IPS 650 nit display at 1024x768
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
  • 32GB storage
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 2080 mAh battery
  • HDMI
  • DLNA
  • Wifi Direct

We've already seen the Optimus Vu holding hands with the other member of the ginormus-phone club, the Galaxy Note (which went on sale for AT&T hours before this announcement), but it's nice to see some clearer press shots.  No word on any worldwide release, but we're told to expect it in Korea on SK Telecom in early March.  LG also says to expect more at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona about the Vu, and we'll be right there to hear and see it.  

We've got more pics and the full presser after the break.

More: LG Korea (Korean)

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With Productivity in Mind, LG Demonstrates its LTE and Display Leadership with Device that Does, Well, Everything
SEOUL, Feb. 19, 2012 – LG today unveiled one of the most anticipated LTE devices, the Optimus Vu:. Equipped with LG’s advanced LTE and IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GM internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia lover’s dream device.

LG Optimus Vu“The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.”

The large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, internet and multimedia contents easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for viewing to grasp more at a glance and note taking to increase productivity in everyday life. Moreover, IPS display realizes every color in its natural state for the best viewing experience even under bright sunlight.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG’s advanced LTE technology, the Optimus Vu: boasts unmatched productivity. Its unique built-in QuickClip™ hotkey allows users to conveniently capture screenshots and memos with a single push. Jotting notes is also possible with a finger or with the dedicated Rubberdium™ pen. Among many productive apps installed in the Optimus Vu:, the included Polaris Office allows users to open any document, spreadsheet or presentation while on the go.

At only 8.5mm, the Optimus Vu: is the slimmest among all LTE phones currently on the market and is perfectly suited for a hand and fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. Despite the large 2,080mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: adopts LG’s exclusive floating mass technology to appear slimmer than its actual dimensions.

In addition to HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Optimus Vu: comes with 32GB memory and an 8-megapixel camera. While it will initially launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works.

The Optimus Vu: will be introduced in Korea in March. Additional information on the unique Optimus Vu: can be found at the LG Stand (Hall 8) at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1. 


Reader comments

LG unveils Optimus Vu, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and stylus


Can someone please explain to me why 5" phones are apparently a thing now? ._.

A tablet, I can understand...a phone that can BECOME a tablet or laptop? Sure, if done well.

...But tablet phones? Maybe it's just me and my tendency to not put my phone in my pocket (it's on a bad ass holster) but still...

5" is the next step in the evolution.

In 2007, 3.5" seemed big.
In 2008, 3.7" seemed big.
In 2009, 4.0" seemed big.
In 2010, 4.3" seemed big.
In 2011, 4.7" seemed big.

2012 is the year of 5".

We type on 20" computer keyboards without a problem. So typing is not an issue.

Go to Best Buy or an AT&T store and try out the 5.3 Galaxy Note. Unless you have very small hands, it will be no problem.

I think that the Note's SAMOLED display and 16:9 display ratio along with it's NFC put the Note out in front, at least on paper. Plus the 5.3" Note's total volume is actually smaller.

This progression makes no sense, if you project 5-6 years ahead. I have a Dell streak and it is on the limit of being unbearable. This LG phone is 9 cm wide, 1 cm more than the Streak; I'd put the limit at 7 cm. For a proper 16:10 screen 4.5-4.7 inch diagonal is the sweet spot; for any more square aspect ratio, 4.2'' should be the limit.

That makes sense until now.
I used to think that the iPhone is a big brick...now it looks incredibly small to me, a GNex user.

At least the Note has a nice industrial design. Regardless of phone size, this brick is ugly.

I don't get these 5+ inch phones. How do you use them? How can you talk on them? I don't see me slipping one of those things in my jeans pocket. You guys are forcing me to get a man bag. I just don't get it.

5+ is definitely too much to carry comfortably in your pocket, but it's not an issue when talking. I always felt silly when pressing a tiny phone to my ear and talking into the void in front of me. A large phone's mic is much closer to your mouth, feels more natural..

I don't know, but most all phones are still being released with Gingerbread, outside the Nexus line.

It's certainly not only this one.

Like people have mentioned before. This phone was probably in development long before ICS was out. They can't just simply add ICS and continue along.

Oh Goodness Gingerbread?... and ICS 3months later (Says LG) . . . what a waste of a company... and who does a phone that big with a 4.3 aspect ratio? That thing is impossibly wide and will be impossible to hold comfortably

Not only is it ugly and has an old OS, considering the phone will be released MONTHS after ICS, then LG plans to update it within 3 months!? Never getting an LG phone again.....in terms of updates they're the terrible

I love people knocking it for having Android 2.3 on it, as if every phone not named Nexus has ICS. Sorry, as much as we all wish devices would ship with ICS onboard, it just isn't happening yet.

i don't like the aspect ratio, width, LG skin, or square corners.

i prefer the G-Note.

Vu looks buttonless but with a huge bezel?

GNote is awesome. I couldn't stand not having one. But this seriously screws it up with the aspect ratio. It's going to be too wide to hold comfortably. Plus huge bars when playing video and most apps are designed with a wider screen in mind even if they do scale.

I love my AT&T galaxy note but this thing is really ugly!! Why would LG announce a competitor to the note with the only better spec being internal memory??? The 4:3 aspect ratio will only be good for browsing the web. HD movies will be a waste since most are in widescreen format.

This phone has no sex appeal. Too much black space in the top and bottom of it. I hope I never see somebody with this held up to their ear on the phone or else I won't be able to contain myself. LG Optimus Vu=FAIL!!!!

I think people just love to complain. I agree with comment that last year same things was said about Samsung. Frankly, it is freedom of choice. I love my white epic touch. Big screen is a major plus and an eye catcher. I am fine with gingerbread but really not much difference from froyo. I'm fine with larger screens.

It's not the 5'' screen that's the problem. It's the 4x3 form factor and 2.3 android that's the real problem. I have no desire for 4x3 form factors in any form. I thought everything was going away from that anyhow.

This phone will not sell at all, especially with the Galaxy Note as its main competitor. The 4:3 aspect ratio just kills this phone. They made a very big mistake by doing that. You NEED a 16:9 aspect ratio with a phone of that size. To the people that are bashing phones with 5"+ inch screen. Keep your stupid comments to yourself. Obviously there is a market for large screen phones. Not everybody wants an iPhone with a tiny 3.5" inch screen. And there are many people that want the biggest phone they can get, be it because they want a large screen so they don't have to buy a 7" tablet or because they are tall people with big hands or maybe just because they want that "wow" factor in their phone. If your happy with a 4" inch screen than that's all you, there are people with opinions and needs that differ from yours. I personally would NEVER again buy a phone with a screen size of less than. 4.3" inches. The Galaxy S2 Hercules that I own now with a 4.52 inch screen seems to fit me perfectly. But I still need to give the Galaxy Note a try.

This device is not for everybody. More then likely a very small percentage. There are people out there that will buy this and love it. Ugly to some great to others. Hey! I'm curious to what it would look like in my hands.

What is with the 4:3 form factor? Is this for people who refuse to give up their VCRs? Every display from computer screens to TVs to cell phones have a 16:9 display. This does not compute, EPIC FAIL.

Maybe LG has been working on this phone since the '80s and has finally made it to production. Way to go R&D team.