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Battle of the Big Android Phones: LG Announces 5-inch Optimus Vu

LG is hoping to get its newly announced Optimus Vu smartphone into the market which was previously owned by Samsung Galaxy Note- the world of the ultra-sized devices, that is.

Not content to wait for this year’s Mobile World Congress to unveil its big ol’ smartphone, LG has released some pictures and confirmed the specs of the second Korean-made Android smartphone to push the five-inches-or-bigger size classification.

But here’s the stinker for U.S. enthusiasts: The LTE smartphone’s scheduled to debut in Korea in March, and there’s been no announcement for when it might go international. In contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note officially launched today on AT&T in the U.S.

LG seems to have shunned the concept of “curves” on its rectangular device, which exposes a five-inch IPS LCD display (itself, running at a resolution of 1024-by-768 at a 4:3 aspect ratio). A 1.5-GHz Snapdragon CPU fills the Optimus Vu full of dual-core processing power and the device’s 32-gigabytes of built-in storage delivers plenty of room for pictures, videos, and apps – double the internal storage space of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, we note. There’s no indication as to whether the Optimus Vu will sport an SD card slot or not.

The Optimus Vu will possess the traditional dual-camera setup as seen in most of today’s smartphones:  LG Optimus Vu, in reply, also boasts a primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash rear camera with Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and video capabilities of 1080p at 30fps with additional LED video light (likely to support 1080p video recording) and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but LG allegedly promises that the phone should bump up to the full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich within months of the device’s release.

Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core Mali-400MP Exynos 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB of RAM for a faster output and smart response.

Optimus Vu, however, is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion Adreno 220 processor with 1 GB of RAM that makes it compete head-to-head with Note.

Optimus Vu weighs around 168 g (comparatively 10gs less than Samsung Galaxy Note) and has dimensions of 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5 mm.

And we hope you’ve been holding your breaths for this one: The almighty stylus is back! According to LG, the Optimus Vu will ship with the company’s “Rubberdium pen” – let us prefer the word “stylus” for now – which will allow users to perform the usual bevy of tasks, like writing notes or making little drawings, on the Optimus Vu’s stylus-supporting applications.

This 8.5-milimeter thick smartphone will come with a 2,080 mAh battery, which is approximately 80 percent or so the total capacity of the battery found on the Samsung Galaxy Note. LG didn’t let slip the Optimus Vu’s talk time or standby time, so the jury remains out on just how well the device fares against the Galaxy Note on that one.

Source: pcmag

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