LG decided to beat the Mobile World Congress by a week and introduce the new Optimus Vu, a 5-inch 4G LTE Smartphone which seems to be a direct competitor of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Vu packs a large 5-inch IPS display with a 1024×768 pixel resolution, a unique 4:3 aspect ratio similar to the Pantech Pocket Smartphone making it widescreen.
The Optimus Vu is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, it packs 32GB of internal storage and will be launched with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread however LG plans to release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update later. Though it may be one of the smartphones with the widest screens on the market, it is also the slimmest LTE phones on the market with a measurement of 139.6mm (5.5in) tall and 8.5mm (0.34in) thick. The 4G Tablet/Smartphone also comes with a stylus that allows the user to draw or take notes using the Vu’s display as a writing pad.
Other specifications includes an 8-megapixel camera on the back with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel camera for visual chatting. Other than its massive screen, the Optimus Vu supports DLNA Media Sharing, it features an HDMI port for sharing content on an even bigger screen and it also features LG built-in easy screen shot captures with its its QuickClip hotkey.
The LG Optimus Vu is expected to hit the Korean Market initially in march via SK Telecom but no pricing information has been revealed, probably we will hear more during Mobile World Congress later this month.