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LG Optimus Vu to be shown off at MWC 2012

We are seeing an increasing number of devices that dance on the line between tablets and smartphones. Samsung tried to embrace this market with Galaxy Note that has a screen larger than most smartphones yet a little bit smaller than most tablets combined with the capability of making phone calls.
LG now wants a piece of that action has launched a new device called the Optimus Vu.
The device has a large 5”, 4:3 aspect ratio LCD with a 650 IPS brightness rating. The device and is 8.5 mm thick and sports LTE 4G connectivity. The Optimus Vu will be shown at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Spain. LG claims that the high brightness of the LCD used on the device allows the Optimus Vu to be read easily outdoors and to offer crisp and accurate colors.

[Source: LG Electronics]

The big smartphone weighs 168g so despite the larger screen size it should still be easy to take with you on the go. The Optimus Vu also comes with a rubber stylus pen for navigation and the screen also supports touch. The Optimus Vu uses a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and runs Android 2.3. LG says that within three months after the release of the device an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will be launched.
The Optimus Vu has HDMI out and supports DLNA devices. There is 32GB of internal storage available, an eight-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,080mAh battery.

Source: LG [Translated]

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End of the line for Android phone ideas, maybe
By Commodus on 2/20/2012 11:09:22 AM , Rating: 0
Given that LG and Samsung have eerily similar design ideas, either one was copying the other or the creative well ran dry on both.

To me, it's as though screen size was the only "idea" they had in smartphones. Now that the phones physically can't get any bigger, they've gone back to 2006 and are trying styluses again.

Makes you wonder if Android hasn't basically peaked and manufacturers will have to either sell on more than just having a gigantic screen or risk collapsing.

By CrazyBernie on 2/20/2012 11:22:08 AM , Rating: 3
Nah, they just have to wait for Apple to steal some more great ideas and then they can copy them. (Double Zing?? ^_^)

Seriously though, I'd like to see some expansion of things like the built-in projector, and there's always room for improvement on things like screen quality and battery life.

By testerguy on 2/20/2012 11:26:41 AM , Rating: 1
And GPU performance!

By Solandri on 2/20/2012 2:02:31 PM , Rating: 3
Mark my words, styluses will come back. They just won't be the exclusive form of input. Using a capacitive touch display for fine work (e.g. signing your name) is just too clumsy and frustrating with a finger. You need something with a finer point.

You will always be able to use your finger on the screen. And the UI is going to shift more towards working with clumsy finger input. But as phone/tablet applications become more refined, specialized, and detailed, having a stylus for fine data entry will range from a nice alternative to a necessity. Tablets are going to replace clipboards, not finger-painting canvases.

Fortunately with capacitive displays, the stylus doesn't have to be something fancy. It just needs to have a nub at the tip with some moisture content to alter the capacitance when it's near the screen. The big hurdle I haven't seen anyone tackle yet is how to get the screen to ignore your hand as it's resting on the screen, and only take input from the nub of your pen/stylus or your fingertip.

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