Following those leaked specifications that surfaced on Tuesday, LG has officially announced the Optimus Vu II — its second-generation “phablet” — in its home country of Korea. In addition to a whopping 5-inch 1024 x 768 display, the Optimus Vu II boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and LTE connectivity.
The Optimus Vu II is, of course, coming to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note II. But I’m not quite sure it has the internals needed to knock Samsung’s original phablet off its perch.
LG Optimus Vu II Specifications
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 5-inch 1024 x 768 IPS display
- 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash
- 1080p video recording
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- LTE with VoLTE
- Rubberdium Pen (stylus)
- 2,150 mAh battery
- microSD card slot
- 132.2 x 85.6 x 9.4 mm
- 159 grams
The Optimus Vu II is a strange shape, too: Its display boasts a 4:3 aspect ratio, which means it’s almost as wide as it is tall. That means typing text messages with one hand is going to be very difficult indeed. And unlike the Galaxy Note II, the Optimus Vu II does not come with Jelly Bean pre-installed.
But the device does boast some unique features. The best is that it has a built-in infrared blaster, which allows it to control all kinds of LG appliances around your home, including televisions, DVD and Blu-ray players, stereos, and even air conditioning units. I don’t know why more smartphones aren’t doing this.
The Optimus Vu II will be available in black, white, and pink, and it will launch in Korea initially. LG is yet to announce when it will begin its worldwide rollout.