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

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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

LG Intros Its First LTE Tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

LG has introduced its first Android-powered LTE tablet.

Longing for a tablet that can access to a next-gen wirelss 4G LTE network? LG has the one. The company has made its launch initially in Korea first sporting the same True HD IPS display tech used on the Optimus LTE smartphone.

It is called Optimus Pad LTE, the Honeycomb-flavored tablet. The tablet will feature an 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display with a 1280 x 768 resolution, an 8MP camera on the rear and a 2MP camera on the front. This tablet is processed by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core, dual-channel SoC, and a 6,800mAh battery.

The device weighs around 1.1 lbs and measure 9.65 x 5.56 x 0.37-inches. It also possess 32 GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot for adding up to an additional 32 GB, HDMI output, support for DLNA media streaming, and Google’s Android3.2. The tablet will also have the obvious LTE connectivity and presumably 802.11 b/g/n support for accessing Wi-F networks.

The company said on Wednesday,

Optimus Pad LTE offers easy-to-use controls and functions such as the Smart Movie Editor for editing pictures and videos more easily. Moreover, Web Duet allows for e-mailing, messaging and SNS sharing with search functions, and On-Screen Phone (OSP) ensures compatibility with LG smartphones.

LG has not tagged the price yet and also has not mentioned about its availability.

Source: tomsguide

LG Provides More Details on Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

On Monday LG reported some additional information on the roll-out of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its various smartphones. The confirmation was made by the company about the availability of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE.

On its Facebook page, the company has posted that they are also continuing to evaluate the ICS OS to find whether it is compatible with the functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.

The company made its vow to post an upgrade schedule, as well as details about other phones that will get ICS, on its Facebook page and local LG Web sites around next month.

The announcement has been made several weeks after LG confirmed that its Optimus 2x, known as the G2x here in the states, will in fact receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. There was some uncertainty existing about the company’s ICS plans after a representative on LG’s Indian Facebook page said the Optimus 2X would not receive Ice Cream Sandwich.

The first device to receive Ice Cream Sandwich will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was already released overseas earlier this month. The OS will be available on Verizon Wireless in the U.S., but the carrier has not yet announced a release date. At the same time, rumors spread out that, however, it will hit U.S. stores on Dec. 8.

For more details, head on PCMag’s full review of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Source: pcmag

T-Mobile Announces The Dual-Screen LG DoublePlay, Launching November 2nd?

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The dual-screen Kyocera Echo didn’t attract much and there follows a couple of dual-screen devices on their way to market, that includes Sony S2 tablet, show much more promise. T-Mobile has just announced the Android based smartphone, LG DoublePlay (codenamed Flip II) — a split-keybord QWERTY slider with not one, but two, capacitive touch screens. The features makes the mobile look pretty stylish and real smart.

T-Mobile is calling the DoublePlay the “ultimate multi-tasking tool,” because the dual screen will let the user to do two things at a time. For ex., the user can surf the web on the main screen and meanwhile update Facebook on the smaller screen. The screens can also be used in tandem, that is one behind the other.

This smartphone includes a1 GHz Snapdragon processor powering Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, auto focus, and 720p video capture, along with access to T-Mobile’s Group Text and Cloud Text services. If the split QWERTY keyboard is not your cup of tea, the mobile also comes pre-loaded with Swype for easier text input.

T-Mobile and LG are not sure about pricing and availability, but according to a leaked T-Mobile roadmap, the truffle-colored LG DoublePlay can probably expected to see on November 2 for $149 on-contract.