The Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet hybrid was announced just before Mobile World Congress in February this year, and despite many rumours that the device would be released in the UK, LG eventually decided it wouldn’t bother – at least not this year.
Now, even if it does arrive in early 2013, LG has superseded it already with the Optimus Vu II, announced for Korea this week. The Vu is LG’s Galaxy Note challenger, but unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, the Vu II isn’t quite as big a step forward.
For a start, the screen size remains the same at 5-inches, with that unusual 4:3 aspect ratio, plus the resolution is also identical at 1024 x 768. Samsung upped the size of the Note II’s screen to 5.5-inches.
The Vu II’s changes happen inside, with the processor becoming a new Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon chip, while retaining the 1.5GHz clock speed. The RAM has also been given a boost to 2GB, which should help keep the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system running smoothly.
It’s a shame LG couldn’t have given the Vu II Android 4.1, as Samsung has done with the Note 2, and there’s no mention of an impending upgrade in the press release either.
LG provides a stylus with the device too, and this has also been upgraded with a softer tip, and is now called the Rubberdium Pen 2.0. Now that’s a catchy name. A strange addition is a feature called One Key, where you buy a special keyring that has a button to make your phone beep, just in case you lose it around the house.
The Vu II’s announcement also clears up the confusion over the Q Remote feature, which was vaguely announced by LG last month, with reference to a Vu: II device. Well, Q Remote is an infrared transmitter built-in to the Vu II that can control various other electronic devices around your home, meaning the Vu: II was a misprint or the fault of Google Translate.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, an 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE and a choice of black, white or pink colour schemes. An exact release date has yet to be confirmed, as has LG’s plans for any international release for the Vu II.