LG Optimus Vu "Phablet" To Rival Samsung Galaxy Note

Korean manufacturer LG will almost certainly release a new Android-based handset at Mobile World Congress called the Optimus Vu.

The smartphone adds to the ranks of the smartphone tablet hybrids commonly known as phablets as it comes with a 5-inch diagonal and may replace the Optimus Pad altogether.

According to LG's official http://blog.lge.com/964 blog, it has a 4:3 aspect ratio, one which LG says fit the human hand better. It will be interesting to see how content is repositioned for the screen.

Expect it to come with a screen resolution of 1280x960 pixels, the highest on any smartphone on the market and one which would give it the highest pixel density yet.

It is also said to come with a Qualcomm WPG8060 system on chip clocked at 1.5GHz with 1GB RAM and possibly 8GB onboard storage, an eight megapixel camera, a front facing one, NFC and a microUSB port.

It would be the first time that LG uses a Qualcomm chip in a high end Android smartphone. The Optimus range previously housed TI and Nvidia SoCs.

Expect the phone to be demoed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona end of this month with or without a stylus like the Galaxy Note.