LG Optimus Vu

LG has announced that its 5-inch Optimus Vu "phablet" will be going international in September, launching in select markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

The device will feature a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor — rather than the dual-core Snapdragon S4 seen in the Korean and Japanese versions of the device. But in order to get that super speedy CPU, the Optimus Vu has had to sacrifice its LTE chip. Though that may or may not be much of an issue for you — depending on where you live and whether you even have LTE networks yet.

Other internals include 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

According to LG's press release, the Optimus Vu will also be coming to the United States, but not until the third quarter of this year. It's unclear whether the U.S. version will maintain its LTE chip, or whether it will also see modifications to its internals to ensure the handset is the best it can be for the U.S. market.

Of course, the Optimus Vu's biggest competition will come from the Galaxy Note II, which is expected to get its grand unveiling on August 29. Aside from the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II is one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets. Knocking the original phablet off its thrown won't be easy, and only time will tell whether the Optimus Vu is up to that task.

Are you looking forward to the Optimus Vu?

[via The Verge]