Virtually unknown on the Western hemisphere, the jumbo-sized and strangely squarish Optimus Vu and Vu 2 (as opposed to the normally rectangular handhelds around) have sold amazingly well in Korea, being unexpectedly stiff competitors for Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Note 2.
And so now it’s time for LG to take the series to the next level. With the Vu 3 (notice the ditching of the “Optimus” branding, meaning this is on paper considered one of the company’s flagships).
Though it sticks with the same aspect ratio as the Optimus Vu and Vu 2, i.e. 4:3, and only mildly steps things up in the display size and resolution departments – with a 5.2-inch 1,280 x 960 panel – the new guy is more than just a modest upgrade overall, packing Snapdragon 800 heat, a stupendous 13 MP rear-facing camera and LTE-Advanced network speeds.
And that’s not all. You also get 2 gigs of RAM, stylus support (as if it wasn’t obvious enough who LG is pitting this against), a decently sized 2,610 mAh battery and what we hope will become an emblematic design for the OEM, specifically the “G2 look”, with crazy thin bezels and elegantly rounded corners. Too bad Korea is the only market set to get it… for now, starting September 27.