LG Optimus Vu going International this September

The highly anticipated LG Optimus Vu is finally going international. According to LG, the “phablet”, which is currently available only in the Korean and Japanese markets, will be released in “select” countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America next month.

The rather bulky Optimus Vu was first unveiled by LG at the World Mobile Congress in February. Since then, it has gone on to become a huge success in the Korean and Japanese markets, with as many as 500,000 units sold in Korea alone. It was this overwhelming response that encouraged LG to make Optimus Vu available for, initially, the Japanese market and now to the global audience.

The most striking feature of the Optimus Vu is its rather unconventional form factor. The tablet / Smartphone sports a 5 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 768x1024 resolution. It remains to be seen as to how the global audiences will take to its bulky form factor and odd aspect ratio, but if its past performance is anything to go by, it should do just fine.


The international version is fitted with the very powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor with an additional fifth power saver core. The power saver core kicks in during normal low energy functions of the phone, thereby providing a perfect balance between long battery life and high performance.


Expected Specifications

Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU
Camera Resolution 8 Mega pixel
Storage Memory 32 GB onboard
Screen 5 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio, XGA resolution IPS display
Secondary Camera Resolution 1.3 MP


Nothing much is currently known about the pricing or about LTE connectivity.  However there are rumors that Verizon Wireless will sell it in US for a price of $199.99. It is widely assumed that the international version will sport much better specifications than the original, but as of now, we know only of a processor upgrade. The operating system will also, in all probability, be upgraded from the current Android Gingerbread 2.3 to the newer Ice Cream Sandwich. LG is slated to showcase the new handset at IFA in Berlin before its launch.


Much hype has been generated over its impending release with many expecting it to be a direct competition to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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