It’s been many moons since we saw LG’s new entry in the growing “phablet” market… well, three moons, anyway. The 5.0-inch smartphone made a stop at CTIA 2012, and we wanted to see what had been changed since an earlier reveal at Mobile World Congress. With the Galaxy Note tearing up the sales charts all over the world, the LG Optimus Vu is hoping to take a bite out of its userbase.

The Vu gets a 5.0-inch display, in an odd 4:3 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1024×768. LG’s proud of its display technology, and while the Optimus Vu doesn’t have quite the pixel density of the Optimus LTE 2, it’s still using that awesome IPS panel. LG showed off a new capacitive stylus with the width of a #2 pencil, and numerous notation apps to boot.

Check out the latest version of thew hardware below:

Underneath the hood, the Optimus Vu uses a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and (like most of LG’s high-end phones) it uses an LTE connection. 32GB of storage should be plenty for 8MP stills and 1080p video. Sadly the phone still runs Gingerbread, but LG promises it’ll get an Ice Cream Sandwich update eventually. The Optimus Vu is available now in Europe and Asia, with no word on a US release.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Does it have a wacom digitizer or anything like it? Or is it just a display with a stylus?

  • wojtas25

    LG Vu = Digital Photo Frame  :/
    Note rulz!

  • Fugly

  • superlinkx

    While I hate Samsung, I have to give them props for making the best 5 inch phone/tablet. They used the right stuff: very small bezel, proper screen format and HD (1280×800), and most importantly, non-capacitive stylus. Seriously, no matter how well you make them, capacitive styli are second rate compared to wacom or similar digitizers.

    Please OEMs, for the love of all that is good and Android, make devices with wacom (or similar) digitizers so we can use REAL styli!

  • It was hard to hold.. lol

  • Guest

    Love the 5″ display.  Hate the massive/useless bezels on all sides.

  • no thank you