It's taken more than six months to come to the UK but here it finally is - LG’s first phablet, the Optimus Vu. It is the only phone on the market to boost a 4:3 screen resolution - the same as the Apple iPad - and oddly enough, it has the same resolution as the iPad and the iPad 2.
The Optimus Vu is essentially an Optimus 4X HD with a couple of differences. Firstly, it has a 5in 4:3 IPS display with a 1,024 x 768 display. Secondly, it costs £350 SIM-free from Expansys, £50 more than its slimmer brother.
The rest of the specification is identical to the 4X HD. There’s a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a microUSB port, NFC, DLNA, Dolby Mobile, full HD video recording, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel one, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, a 2,100mAh battery and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The phone weighs only 168g and measures a mere 8.5mm thick (although it is a whopping 90mm wide). The Optimus Vu goes on sale in the UK only a few days after its follow-up, the Optimus Vu 2, went on sale in Korea.