LG announces specs for Optimus Vu: II, an oddball 4:3 smartphone
Although LG’s current generation of Optimus Vu (pictured above) just recently launched on Verizon here in the US, the smartphone is actually already old enough for LG to be considering a successor. With the Galaxy Note II’s US release likely to come in the near future, the timing for a new Vu certainly makes sense. And while we don’t yet have a release date, LG has officially detailed the specifications of the 5-inch smartphone.
Interestingly named the Vu: II, the device should mostly have the same look and feel of its predecessor, as well as the 5-inch display. The 1024 x 768 resolution isn’t particularly impressive for such a large display, but it should certainly be good enough. As internals go, the Vu: II has been upgraded to a Snapdragon S4 Plus 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 2150mAh battery, microSD slot, and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, LG is including a new version of their precise stylus, the Rubberdium Pen 2.0, and has added Voice over LTE connectivity, which is currently rolling out in the US.
The Android version isn’t known, but it should be at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, if not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. From the spec sheet alone, the LG Optimus Vu: II looks like it could be the success that the original never was. The internals are quite good, and if LG steps up its software game as many are expecting it to, the device could end up being great. Of course, it may be that the Vu will never be a big success simply because of its oddly wide 4:3 aspect ratio display, but the market for large phones is too young to know for sure just yet.[SlashGear]