LG’s most recent flagship, the LG Optimus Vu had been released initially in Japan and Korea only perhaps to test the response of the people and LG says that the phone had been accepted positively in these countries with more than 500,000 units being sold. And now LG has announced that the phone will available internationally in September. Select countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America will be able to buy LG Optimus Vu from the stores in September. The LG Optimus Vu is also headed to Verizon in the United States.
This phone is a smartphone-tablet hybrid (as LG calls it) since it has a 5 inch screen. The phone comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, no Jelly Bean though. With IFA 2012 just around the corner it will be interesting to see if LG decided the Vu is worth a follow-up. The Galaxy Note 2 will also be revealed shortly and it might be hard for this phone to survive in the market.
The phone comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8MP camera and Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread being the version initially but later LG had updated it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Its 4:3 screen adds more significance to the phone being called as a smartphone-tablet hybrid. or a “Phablet“.
Find below the press release by LG:
- 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
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.
via The Verge