Lately, there hasn’t been much talk about LG’s Optimus Vu, or in fact LG at all. However, behind all the excitement around Samsung and HTC’s new flagship smartphones, LG has been quietly trucking along with its own interesting flagship, the Optimus Vu. The Vu isn’t actually a new device, as the unique 5-inch 4:3 phone/tablet was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. So far, though, it has only been available in Korea.
That looks like it will soon change, as Android Police has come up with a few images of what clearly appears to be a Verizon branded Optimus Vu. Images of the devices back cover (which you can see through the source link) show support for Verizon’s LTE network, which only makes sense for a high end smartphone. There is no information on the device’s specifications, but if they remain unchanged from the Korean version we can expect a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3, 8MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras, 1024 x 768 5-inch 4:3 display, 1GB of RAM, 2080mAh battery, and 32GB of internal storage. The stylus that supposedly goes with the Korean version wasn’t pictured, but it is still possible that it might be an extra accessory.
On the software side, this Vu has actually seen some improvement. Instead of the Gingerbread of previous versions, this Verizon branded Vu is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So, while the specs may put it a little bit behind the curve, the Vu actually looks like a pretty good option for those looking for a large phone/tablet like the Galaxy Note on Verizon. Even with an older processor, LTE and Android 4.0 should keep it relevant for at least a little while, so it will be interesting to see if consumers like this phone hybrid as much as the Galaxy Note.[Android Police]