LG has announced that their newest flagship device, the Optimus Vu, will be making its way to retailers globally in September. The device has only been available in Japan and Korea but will see a release in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. next month. This news comes slightly after LG announced they had sold more than 500,000 units, an impressive feat and a sign of the phones acceptance. As far as the US release goes, we know it’s coming to Verizon Wireless, but at this point we’re not sure who else will carry the device.
The Optimus Vu rocks a glorious 5-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8MP rear-camera, a 1.3MP front facing camera and 32GB of storage. The more I think about it, the more I wouldn’t mind owning an one. It’s slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S III, and that phone doesn’t seem too big at all. So what about you? Is the LG Optimus Vu the perfect size? If presented with an opportunity would you buy one? Let us know in the comments!
Hit the break for the full press release from LG.
LG ANNOUNCES GLOBAL AVAILABILITY OF OPTIMUS VU:
Largest LG Smartphone to Be Launched in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America
SEOUL, Aug. 20, 2012 – On the heels of its successful debut in Korea and Japan, the Optimus Vu: will make its global debut starting in select markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America starting in September. With the world’s first 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio display, the Optimus Vu: blurs the line between traditional tablets and smartphones for a truly unique smart device experience.
Since its March debut in Korea, the Optimus Vu: has sold over 500,000 units, demonstrating public acceptance of its form-factor. The reception the device received in Korea prompted LG to launch the Optimus Vu: in Japan this month, where it has also been received positively by Japanese consumers.
For the global roll-out, the Optimus Vu: will be equipped with NVIDIA? Tegra? 3 mobile processor, the super 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core with 5th battery-saver core, that offers a superb balance of performance and power requirements. 4 cores are used for high performance tasks such as games and multitasking. For voice call, email, music and video playback, only 5th battery-saver core is enabled and it consumes very less power.
When paired with the high-resolution 5-inch, 4:3 ratio IPS display, the Optimus Vu: becomes something special – a device that’s both pocketable and spacious. The Optimus Vu: will come with an upgraded version of QuickMemo™ and Notebook, two features which make great use of the large display real estate.
“The different form factor makes Optimus Vu: unique even in the 5-inch smartphone category which we expect will catch on once they become more widely available,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
- Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Network 3G
- Display 5.0-inch 4:3 ratio XGA IPS with 768 x 1024 pixels
- Memory 32GB
- Cameras 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
- Size 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm
- Weight 168g