The LG Optimus Vu, a new smartphone-tablet hybrid, appeared on the Asian markets a while ago. Now the 5-inch Android phablet loaded with quad-core 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor is on sale in the US via Expansys online store. The offered device is factory unlocked so you will be able to use it with any GSM carrier and is sold at a price of $509.99 without contract.
Learn more about the LG Optimus VU Phablet
When looking at the device at first it is rather difficult to believe that it actually is a phone, due to its size and squarish shape. The LG Optimus VU is 5.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide so it sure is huge for a regular smartphone. It features a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1.024 x 768 pixels, 256ppi, 550 nits of brightness, support for 16 million colors and a 4:3 aspect ratio, is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and sports 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, the storage capacity is not expandable.
The Optimus VU is equipped with an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video capture as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chatting. The camera offers various editing options, for example crop, fill light, highlights, shadows, documentary, vignette, fisheye, warmth, saturation, B&W, sepia, negative, and more, and recording effects include silly faces and backgrounds.
The LG’s phablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a Jelly Bean update. It comes pre-loaded with a few Google apps you expect like Gmail, Search, Latitude, Play Store, Maps with Navigation, Places, Talk, and YouTube. Other preloaded content includes an app that backs up your files, a news and weather app, the mobile office suite known as Polaris Office, RemoteCall, an app that lets LG support services remotely access your phone for troubleshooting, a video-editing app, SmartShare, a content distribution app, LG SmartWorld, for downloading LG apps and ringtones, a TV app that, in conjunction with the antenna, lets you watch TV and listen to the radio, an e-reader, and some more.
In terms of connectivity, the LG Optimus VU offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, 3G (HSPA+21 Mbps), Bluetooth 4.0 supporting GAP, A2DP, AVRCP, FTP, HFP, HSP, OPP, SPP, PBAP, HID profiles, HDMI, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and A-GPS.
The 2080 mAh battery allows for up to 16,5 hours talk time and up to 510 hours standby time on 2G, and up to 15 hours talk time on and up to 486 hours standby time on 3G.
Other features include Media Plex, NoteBook, Quick Memo and Android Beam. The LG Optimus Vu also comes with a Rubbebdium Pen.