Announced at MWC 2012 in February, LG's first phablet, the Optimus Vu, has finally hit the Indian market. The handset has a 5" screen, and will compete with the Samsung GALAXY Note II. On the software front, the Optimus Vu runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes preloaded with a plethora of apps specifically created for the stylus. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and has an 8 mp camera.
- 1.5 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, 1 GB of RAM.
- 5" IPS screen with 1024x768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio, 16 million colours.
- 8 mp auto-focus rear camera, 1.3 mp front camera.
- Camera features: 8x zoom, Time machine shot, HDR, Panorama, Continuous shot, Beauty Shot, 1080p video recording at 30 fps.
- Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm Jack, Bluetooth, A-GPS, NFC.
- 32 GB internal storage, Micro-USB port with support for MHL.
- Quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 GHz), Tri-band 3G (W900, W1900, W2100 MHz), Micro-SIM slot.
- Android 4.0 (ICS), Preloaded with special apps for stylus.
- 5.5" (l) x 3.6" (w) x (0.3 mm)(d), 168 grams.
- 2080 mAh battery.
The original Optimus Vu (launched in Korea earlier this year) had a dual-core CPU, but for other markets, LG has decided to go with the quad-core chipset. So at least on paper, the Vu looks as powerful as the GALAXY Note II. That said, I wonder how many users will find a 4:3 form factor comfortable. The Note II has the upper hand also because of its 3100 mAh battery, Jelly Bean OS, and the microSD card slot.
The Optimus Vu is listed on LG's India website with an MRP of Rs 34,500.