Supersized five-inch smartphone takes aim at the Galaxy Note
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note has some competition on the horizon, with LG giving an official launch to the previously rumoured LG Optimus Vu.
Yes, a launch ahead of MWC for the supersized smartphone, with LG preferring to show off the Vu in its native South Korea. Which means we get a proper look at the handset for the very first time and we get to confirm its specification, which isn't a million miles away from what we heard on the grapevine.
That includes a large five-inch IPS LCD display with 4:3 aspect ratio, which means better viewing in bright light, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery to keep things running for longer. There's also an eight-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a 1.3-megapixel camera for networking and Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the OS. On that last point, there is some good news, with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich expected within three months.
Also worth noting is the unique built-in QuickClip hotkey, which allows you to capture screenshots and memos with a single push, along with the Rubberdium pen for jotting notes. If you want to do some work, Polaris Office means you can open any document, spreadsheet or presentation while on the go.
No word on a UK launch as yet, those details still to follow. But with the phone landing in its native Korea in March, the wait shouldn't be too long.