Somewhere a former Palm exec is scratching his head in confusion right now. LG has officially unveiled the Optimus Vu, and like the Samsung Galaxy Note it sports a hideaway stylus for annotations, sketching, and jotting down important reminders.
At 5-inches, the Optimus Vu is similarly sized, too, though its 1024×768 display and 4:3 setup is closer to the traditional paper journals and notebooks people are used to writing on than the 16:9 Galaxy Note. Yes, it does look a little uncomfortable to hold the way you would a smartphone, but LG’s probably not intending for this to be used as a large phone so much as a small tablet.
LG’s official specs line up with what had been reported before. Along with the 5-inch IPS display, the Optimus Vu offers a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, and an HDMI port. Again like so many other recently revealed Android smartphones, the Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. LG does say an update to ICS is already in the works, but no specific release date is mentioned.
The Optimus Vu’s 2,080mAh power pack isn’t going to provide as much runtime as the beastly battery in the Droid Razr Maxx. In fact, it’s probably not going to keep up with its direct competition: the Galaxy Note’s battery offers about 25% more juice. The Vu is, however, 1.2mm thinner than the Galaxy Note, though that 4:3 wideness will still make it slightly harder to stuff in the average pocket.
As predicted, LG will be showing off the Optimus Vu at MWC 2012 this month, where they may reveal a few additional tidbits about the device. Right now, it’s slated for a March launch in Korea — with no plans announced for a Western rollout at the moment.