If you’ve been eager to see a phablet like the Galaxy Note on Verizon, you’re in luck. Well, sort of. Brace yourselves as this behemoth hovers into view – with its 4:3 CRT aspect ratio – here is the LG Optimus Vu.
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note not coming, LG Optimus Vu in its spot?
It’s 5” with a 1024x768p HD IPS display. It looks like an old cathode ray monitor and boxy old TVs before they went wide screen. It’s awkward to hold – so much so that you’ll need to use both hands to reach some bottom-row buttons comfortably. There are four capacitive buttons – you know – like the ones Android left behind ages ago. What are LG playing at?
Still, this Verizon version comes with Ice Cream Sandwich rather than the version at MWC that ran Gingerbread. Although given that ICS has been around for 8 months now, this is not exactly through the looking glass. LG hasn’t updated any devices outside Korea to ICS yet, which hasn’t won the company any awards. It seems, too, that ICS has only just reached Korea.
If the rest of the specs are unchanged, we’ve got a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 with Adreno 220 GPU (MSM8660), 32GB storage, 8MP/1.3MP cameras, 1GB of RAM and a stylus.
We don’t know when it’s going to become available, but it passed through FCC in June, so it can’t be far away. Who is going to buy it, though? Anyone?