Less than one month after its initial announcement, the LG Optimus Vu is now available in South Korea, where SK Telecom and LG U+ are both offering it as of today, March 5.
In case you don’t know yet, the Optimus Vu is LG’s response to Samsung’s Galaxy Note. It has a large IPS display (5 inches, 1024 x 768 pixels) with an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio, and a special stylus. Other features: LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Dolby Mobile sound enhancement, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support.
The handset is only 8.5mm thin, but at the same time it’s 90mm wide, so it can feel uncomfortable when held in one hand (however, this depends on each user’s preferences).
For the moment, the Optimus Vu runs Android Gingerbread, but LG said an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way. The retail price of the Optimus Vu for the Korean market is 999,900 won – meaning about $895 or €677. If LG plans to release the handset in Europe and North America, too, it’d better not come with this kind of pricing if it wants to sell more than a dozen of units.
Samsung recently announced that it sold 2 million Galaxy Notes in 4 months. Let’s wait and see how many Optimus Vus LG will manage to ship in the first four months of availability (most likely not that many).