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LG intros 5-inch Optimus Vu 4G LTE smartphone

Product Launch by Dan Seifert on Sunday February 19, 2012.

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Jumping the gun ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, LG has taken the wraps off of the Optimus Vu, a new 5-inch LTE smartphone that appears to be going right for the Samsung Galaxy Note's jugular.

The Optimus Vu features a unique 4:3 aspect ratio display, not unlike the display seen on the 4-inch Pantech Pocket. The Vu's IPS display measures 5 inches diagonally and packs a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. Thanks to the large screen and unique aspect ratio, the Vu is very wide when held in portrait mode, measuring 90.4mm (3.56in) across. It is 139.6mm (5.5in) tall and a scant 8.5mm (0.34in) thick, which, according to LG, makes it one of the slimmest LTE phones on the market.

Under the hood, the Vu has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage and the Vu is fueled by a 2,080mAh battery. An 8 megapixel camera with LED flash is found on back, and a 1.3 megapixel camera is up front. Disappointingly, the Vu will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though LG promises that it is already working on an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apart from the massive display, the other feature that draws instant comparisons between the Vu and Samsung's Galaxy Note is the included Rubberdium pen that lets the user jot notes or draw on the Vu's display. In addition, LG built-in easy screen shot captures with its its QuickClip hotkey. The Vu also supports HDMI out and DLNA content sharing.

LG says that the Optimus Vu will be launched in Korea in March, but it did not provide pricing information or any indication of an international launch. We hope to get our hands on the massive device at Mobile World Congress next week and will report back with our impressions.

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