The LG Optimus Vu is the direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note and is finally expected to hit US shores. There is no official word but rumors suggest that it will be available as early as September. While LG is not saying which US networks will carry the Optimus Vu, it is expected to feature on the Verizon network.
It is not known whether LG Optimus Vu will be launched in the US with Android 4.0 Ice Cream or 2.3 Gingerbread with some sources saying it will be Ice Cream and others saying it will be Gingerbread. Ice Cream seems to be the most rumored, however.
Since it is a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note it would need to have high quality hardware to compete with it. It is expected to have a 5 inch, 1024×768 multi-touch display which puts it slightly behind the Galaxy Note. At 5.50 in x 3.56 x 0.33 the phone is very large compared to most of its competitors.
Optimus Vu will be powered by the 1.5Ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor and will have 1GB RAM to run the Android operating system. Built in storage of 32GB will be enough to store a large number of videos and MP3s as well as all the apps you can download from the Google Play store.
LG Optimus Vu has all the standard connectivity features with wireless a/b/g/n and a wireless hotspot which will allow you to connect other devices so you can surf the net through your phone’s 4G connection. It also has DLNA functionality to allow the Vu to connect to a media center or TV so that it can stream videos and music.
The inbuilt GPS, compass and accelerometer are standard features which will allow the user to take advantage of the features offered by Android 4.0 if it does in fact ship with that operating system. It will also have voice capability so that you can use voice dialling, voice commands and voice recording.
LG Optimus Vu has an inbuilt 8 mega pixel camera facing the rear with LED flash and autofocus technology which puts it right up there with the better cameras on the market. It also has a front facing 1.3 mega pixel camera which will allow for video chatting. The inbuilt camcorder records at 1080p HD (1920×1080) which allows for full high definition videos to be recorded. Combined with geo tagging and the ability to upload videos to Facebook or YouTube, the Optimus Vu’s recording abilities are at the top of the range.
The biggest buzz appears to surround the battery life of the Vu which is not expected to be very good. With a 2,080mAh capacity it is expected to allow around 8 hours of voice calls between charges which puts it around mid-range compared to competitors.