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LG Optimus Vu: Will it rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2?

The Optimus Vu, the sleek and stylish smartphone from LG, is to makes its UK debut next month, the Korean manufacturer has announced.

The ‘phablet’ – so called because of its 5-inch display, has sold more than 500,000 units in Japan and its native Korea and is now ready to make a global appearance.

LG has always been something of an also-ran in the smartphone market. Despite delivering powerful devices in stylish bodies, LG have always played second fiddle to the Android kings of Samsung and HTC.

But the Optimus Vu is operating in a slightly different arena to the traditional smartphone, taking on the likes of the Galaxy Note 2. So can it be a success?

LG Optimus Vu specs

The Vu features a vibrant a 768×1024 display, delivering a 4:3 aspect ratio, which looks great on the 5-inch touchscreen.

The device will feature what seems to be the processor of the choice for many handset makers who want to stay ahead of the game; the Nvidia Tegra 3, 1.4GHz quad-core chip.

The model will also upgrade from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Further features include an 8MP rear-facing camera with HD 1080p video, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage and a 2080mAh battery.

LG Optimus Vu vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, with rumoured screen size of 5.5 inches, is also set for a forthcoming debut and the Vu will have a tough time taking the Note’s phablet crown.

A screen resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels, at 360 ppi density, is set to provide the Galaxy Note 2 with sharp graphics.

A  Super AMOLED screen, which offers a better viewing experience and better performance in direct sunlight, could also be a key feature that sets it apart from the Vu. The possible addition of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could also help blow the Vu out of the water.

Exact pricing and release details have not been released for the Optimus Vu but the ‘phablet’ will no doubt have its work cut out to take the limelight from Samsung.

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