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LG Optimus Vu official, tries phone-tablet crossover game

updated 01:35 am EST, Sun February 19, 2012

LG Optimus Vu detailed ahead of MWC

LG has officially provided details surrounding the Optimus Vu, its own take on the same blurring of lines between the phone and tablet as Samsung's Galaxy Note. True to leaks, the device has a five-inch display like its Samsung rival but uses a 4:3 aspect ratio like the Pantech Pocket. The 1024x768, color-rich IPS display is said to improve text reading, LG claimed, although the ratio could make it even wider than the Galaxy Note.

The design shares the Note's concept of bundling a pen, although the phone body is much thinner at 8.5mm (0.33in) thick. Its screen makes it relatively readable outside at 650 nits of brightness, which isn't as high as the 700 on a phone like the Optimus Black but is high in mobile. A dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and a skinned Android 2.3 make it a close relative of the Optimus LTE.

Every version will have 32GB of built-in storage and a 2,080mAh battery are common to every country. They also get DLNA media sharing, HDMI video, and Wi-Fi Direct, although only South Korea will get T-DMB over-the-air TV tuning.

LG is planning a very quick release and will already have the Optimus Vu shipping to Korea by early March. It hasn't said when the hybrid will ship to other countries.

The release shows LG following Samsung closely and also suggests that they may have hit creative barriers. It remains to be seen whether the phone-and-tablet mix pays off given that the Samsung ad wasn't effective in capturing most customers' minds before the US Galaxy Note launch taking place on Sunday. Americans have so far been mostly resistant to Samsung tablets, preferring the iPad, and more recently have bought more of Apple's iPhones than even more mainstream Samsung smartphones like the Galaxy S II.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. DaJoNel

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    Are you kidding me?

    That won't fit in a pocket. That will be unreasonably difficult to hold and use. 16:9 video (aka all video) will be poorly represented on a 4:3 screen. 4:3 is obsolete. Did I mention that won't f**king fit in a pocket?! I can see being so proud of a device that you want to literally carry it around everywhere, wait, no I can't. Even my 4S isn't something I'd let inhibit my life, and I'm proud as h*** of it.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    +1

    "4:3 is obsolete"

    Excuse me but is that not the iPad's screen ratio?

  1. DaJoNel

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    Oh hey troll

    Didn't see you there. Yeah, I guess that is the iPad's ratio. Slight difference between 5" and 9.7", though. The iPad is excellent for videos, and what other ratio would it use at its size? A 4:3 phone would be a disaster.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Hi iBoy!

    "The iPad is excellent for videos"
    What videos are you referring to? The Dukes of Hazard?

    Today's startdard IS HD (1920 x 1080), which fits a lot better on a 16:9 display as you first mention.
    Even on the iPad's introduction by Steve Jobs he is seen double clicking the screen to get a cropped view of Up.

    The interesting thing here is your perception of reality is so skewed around iStuff the moment I brought up the iPad resolution, you immediately corrected yourself with the excuse that it's size makes it "excellent for videos".

    Perfect example of iZombie:
    When in doubt just mindlessly repeat marketing rants...

  1. DaJoNel

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    lol

    I said "excellent," not "perfect." lol The iPad 3 will have a screen HIGHER resolution than HD. Then, it will be as perfect as it gets. And you're basing your argument on what Steve Jobs did in a demo? Likely two reasons: 1) showing capability and 2) personal preference.

    The interesting thing here is you have an extremely long track record of spewing COMPLETELY inaccurate statements about various Apple products, touting Android as somehow more advanced, although it has not pioneered any technology except notifications (whoopdy-f**kin-do).

    Perfect example of someone who has two much time on their hands:
    Placing arbitrary names on someone you don't know, while at the same time doing the same thing (and, as it appears from your comments) in a malicious fashion.

    Quite frankly, nearly everything you say can be proven incorrect by facts or a fairer representation of the data you skew. Is a slip of the tongue a capital offense? Where do you get off, man? Fine, the iPad also has a 4:3 display. Fine, currently it's lower resolution than HD. Soon it won't be! And look back at the context. I'm talking about a 5" square that is somehow supposed to be revolutionary while it doesn't even fit in a pocket like a phone should. Does Schmidt pay you to suck his d**k?

  1. perthdave

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    The initial response to the iPad when it was released was that it was 'just a big iPhone or iPod'. Funny how we seem to be travelling in that direction now.

  1. BigMac2

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    16:9 is unfit for consuming media

    For everything beside watching movies

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    @DaJoNel

    Please, watch your language, this is an open forum.
    Besides your lack of respect certainly proves you ran out of reasonable arguments long long ago.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Arne

    Lack of respect, lol. Let's go back over your comments, shall we? But true, I'm sorry to say that I cannot respect you. If arguments based on data and facts are not reasonable, then I'm sorry, my arguments will never be reasonable. Did you even read my reply to you, except to notice I used asterisks?

    I admit and I apologize that I said too much and went too far. Arguments which cannot be won by either side are pointless. You are entitled to your opinion.

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