The market for large smartphones is expanding, and after the successful launch of the Galaxy Note last year, Samsung is now set to unveil its successor at the Mobile Unpacked 2012 event slated for the 29th of this month. The competition has recognized that this form factor is doing well, and right on cue, LG announced the Optimus Vu for the Korean audience earlier this year. According to an announcement by LG, this smartphone has done well in the Korean market, prompting the brand to release a global version of the smartphone. The international version will have a range of features that are better than those in the original. The highlighted attribute found in the global version will be the inclusion of a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.

As per the official announcement, LG states that on the heels of its successful debut in Korea and Japan, the Optimus Vu will make its appearance global starting from select markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East/ Africa and Latin America in September this year. The brand claims that with the world’s first 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio display, the Optimus Vu blurs the line between traditional tablets and smartphones and gives a unique smart device experience.

Coming to a store near you

Coming to a store near you

According to figures by LG, more than 500,000 units of the the Optimus Vu have been sold since the handset’s March debut in Korea, demonstrating public acceptance of its form-factor. The reception the device received in Korea prompted LG to launch the Optimus Vu in Japan earlier this month, where it has been received positively.

For the global roll-out, the Optimus Vu will be equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor, and the fast 4-Plus-1 quad-core processor with the fifth battery-saver core, which offers a superb balance of performance and power requirements. Four cores are used for high performance tasks such as games and multitasking. For voice calls, email, music, and video playback, only the fifth core is enabled.
When paired with the high-resolution 5-inch, 4:3 ratio IPS display, the Optimus Vu becomes a device that’s both pocketable and spacious. The Optimus Vu will come with an upgraded version of QuickMemo and Notebook, two features that 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.

Here is a quick glance at some of the major features found on the LG Optimus Vu:

  • Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768
  • Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 32GB internal memory
  • LTE, HDMI, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2080mAh battery
  • Dimensions are 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm
  • Weighs 168g

As per a report by, this handset is expected to make its debut in India in September, and will retail for approximately Rs. 36,000.

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