Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet hybrid will face some tough competition from day one. And it will come from another Korean company, LG. It’s planning to announce and release the Optimus Vu 2 on a time frame that’s incredibly similar to what Samsung has cooked up for the Galaxy Note 2.
We’ve heard before, and now we have one more rumored confirmation, that the Galaxy Note 2 will be announced around the time that IFA takes place in Berlin at the end of August or beginning of September. It turns out it’s going to be just before IFA starts (so possibly on August 30). Also before IFA officially starts, LG will present its Optimus Vu 2.
This will obviously be the successor to the Optimus Vu (pictured above), another phone/tablet hybrid, but one with a more niche appearance thanks to its display’s aspect ratio of 4:3.
The Optimus Vu 2 will also have a 5-inch 4:3 1024×768 touchscreen, just like its predecessor. It will however sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, which is newer than the unit inside the original Optimus Vu. Still, the frequency is the same, so some people may not be able to tell the difference. The Optimus Vu 2 will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is expected to pack a quad-core processor, possibly the same Exynos unit seen in the Galaxy S III. Its screen size will grow to 5.5 inches diagonally, so there will be quite a difference in size as well as shape (because of the different aspect ratios) between Samsung’s and LG’s new ‘phablets’.
Both devices should become available in September or October, depending on market. The Galaxy Note 2 will have an LTE-capable version. Although we don’t have any info on this, we’re going to assume that the Optimus Vu 2 will pack in the same kind of network support, since its predecessor already does.
Samsung’s first Galaxy Note was undoubtedly a success, at least compared to how we were expecting it to perform, sales-wise (read:like a niche device and nothing else). While announcing and releasing the Optimus Vu 2 at the same time as the Galaxy Note 2 should help LG sell some more of these hybrids, it’s unlikely that many people will actually choose from the two. Even if the Optimus Vu 2 seems like the Galaxy Note 2′s main competitor, the different aspect ratio means that it may in fact appeal to another target market altogether – since the use cases for the two devices could be quite dissimilar.