LG Optimus Vu is seen by many as a response from LG for the Galaxy Note created by Samsung. It fits in the same size range, with a 5 inch screen and a stylus available for interaction. However, in this case the stylus is not inserted into a special slot on the device. LG Optimus Vu was showcased by LG in Barcelona at MWC 2012 and we were there to film it.

This smartablet or phablet, however you want to call it has an unique 4:3 aspect ratio, that actually is better for e-reading and viewing pictures, since it leaves no empty area on the screen. Its specs sheet may not be as impressive as the one of the Galaxy Note, so maybe the price will be more affordable than the one of its Samsung rival. Here’s the feature list of the Vu:

  • Dimensions: 8.5 mm thickness, 168 grams weight
  • Display: IPS LCD, 5 inch, 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Memory: 32 GB internal, 1 GB RAM, microSD slot
  • Connectivity: HSDPA, LTE, WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC
  • Camera: 8MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p 30 fps video capture, front 1.3MP camera
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon, dual core, 1.5GHz, Adreno 220 GPU
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2080 mAh
  • Other features: HDMI, TV tuner, AGPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass

The device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread now, but it will get Android 4.0 in 3 months after launch. The back of the Optimus Vu feels and looks like used leather, so it’s a big vintage-ish elegant. The sharp corners are a design trait that we should get used to, since it seems to be LG’s current direction, used on the L Series, the Prada Phone 3.0 and the LG Optimus LTE Tag. I’m curios if this squared form factor will catch on and what the public has to say about it. More details can be found in the video below:

  • Striderevil

    stylus is not even fine tip not really worth it….

  • kyrillitsch

    The pen of the Optimus VU clearly has NO fine writing point, so my conclusion is that this device has no digitizer screen and pen, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5″ and 10″, HTC Flyer, Lenovo Thinkpad etcetera.  It has only a stylus with a bold and soft rubber tip that you can use on any capacitive screen, even on an Ipad. This type of stylus does not work well for accurate writing and sketching.  And then you also have the palm-effect, which means  that you cannot rest your hand on the screen while writing. Finally, you do not have handwriting-recognition. That all makes the Optimus VU a disappointing proposition when you consider a tabletphone on which you can write, sketch, paint and process photo’s, like the Galaxy Note, for example. That is a pity, because the 4:3 measure is a plus in itself.  In my opinion, a tablet is only a “true” tablet when equipped with a real digitizer pen and screen (Wacom or N-Trigg). Like the ones I mentioned above. The new and coming Samsung Galaxy Note 10″ promises to be a fantastic example of this. So lets wait for device, or otherwise buy a Galaxy Note 5″ or the very good HTC Flyer (now with honeycomb and hopefully with android 4 in the near future).