LG launches 5-inch touchscreen Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet
By Paul Ridden
February 21, 2012
LG has revealed what is claimed to be the thinnest LTE smartphone available on the market. The Optimus Vu sits somewhere between a small tablet (Thrive/Agora/Arnova) and a modern smartphone (Spectrum/Xperia ion), features a 4:3 ratio IPS display, is powered by a Dual-Core processor, and has 32GB of onboard storage.
LG is making quite a bit of noise about the high quality multimedia experience offered by the Optimus Vu's 4:3 ratio, 5-inch (1024 x 768 pixel resolution) IPS display with sunlight-friendly 650-nit brightness, and the speed and performance of its proprietary LTE technology. At its heart, the smartphone has a 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor supported by 1GB of DDR2 memory and 32GB of eMMC solid state storage. There's also an 8 megapixel snapper with AF LED Flash at the rear and a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front.
At launch, the Optimus Vu will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but there will be an update to version 4.0 of Google's mobile operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) within the first three months. It has dimensions of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm (5.49 x 3.55 x 0.33-inches), weighs just 168 grams (5.92 oz), benefits from a capacious 2,080mAh battery, and comes supplied with what LG is calling a Rubberdium pen for typing onscreen (or you could just use your finger).
A QuickClip hotkey caters for single button screenshot capture, and the Polaris Office app is pre-installed so that users can open documents, spreadsheets and presentations from the get-go, no matter the format. It's also DNLA-capable and there's HDMI connectivity, too.
LG has scheduled the Optimus Vu for a Korean release in March (no word as yet on wider availability) but visitors to the company's stand at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain (February 27 to March 1) can grab a sneaky first look at the new smartphone/tablet.