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We talked about LG's 5-inch Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet last week, but today we were able to spend some time with the device itself. As Jason mentioned in our post on it, the Optimus Vu does use a Snapdragon S3 SoC running at up to 1.5GHz. It's a unique form factor that definitely has some niche appeal if you're looking for a pocketable tablet. 

The Vu is currently running Gingerbread but LG expects to upgrade it to ICS before the end of the year. I suspect that will be the major issue with device adoption. Without ICS, the UI performance of the device needs work - particularly when it comes to scrolling around the browser. By the time ICS is ready for the device I do hope LG will consider migrating it to Krait/Snapdragon S4.

Check out the gallery below for more shots of the Optimus Vu.

Physical Comparison
  LG Optimus Vu Samsung Galaxy Note Dell Streak Galaxy Nexus LTE Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX
Height 139.6 mm (5.49") 146.9 mm (5.78") 152.9 mm (6.02") 135.5 mm (5.33") 130.7 mm (5.15")
Width 90.4 mm (3.56") 83 mm (3.27") 79.1 mm (3.11") 67.9 mm (2.67") 68.9 mm (2.71")
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33") 9.7 mm (0.38") 9.98 mm (0.39") 9.47 mm (0.37") 8.99 mm (0.35")
Weight 139 g (4.9 oz) 178 g (6.3 oz) 220 g (7.76 oz) 150 g (5.3 oz) 145 g (5.1 oz)
CPU 1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4 GHz Exynos 4210 Dual-core Cortex-A9 Qualcomm Scorpion @ 1GHz 1.2 GHz Dual-core OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 1.2 GHz Dual-core OMAP 4430 Cortex-A9
GPU Adreno 220 ARM Mali-400 Adreno 200 PowerVR SGX 540 PowerVR SGX 540
NAND 32GB NAND 16 or 32GB NAND, up to 32GB microSD 16GB micro SD + 2GB integrated 32GB NAND 16GB NAND, 16GB Class 4 microSD preinstalled
Camera 8MP AF with LED Flash + 1.3MP Front Facing Camera 8MP AF with LED Flash + 2MP Front Facing Camera 5MP AF with dual LED Flash + Front Facing Camera 5MP AF with  LED Flash + 1.3MP Front Facing Camera 8MP AF with LED Flash + 1.3MP Front Facing Camera
Screen 5.0" 1024 x 768 IPS 5.3" 1280 x 800 HD Super AMOLED 5" 800 x 480 4.65" 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED 4.3" 960 x 540 Super AMOLED Advanced
Battery Integrated 7.7Whr Removable 9.25Whr Removable 5.661 Whr Removable 6.85Whr Internal 12.4Whr




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  • RaistlinZ - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Nice to see it feature an IPS screen. ICS + Krait could make this an interesting product. Hopefully it will get ICS sooner rather than later. Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Doesn't the Galaxy Nexus LTE have 32GB of NAND? Reply
  • Brian Klug - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Fixed, it indeed has 32 GB of internal storage.

  • ImSpartacus - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Thanks. While storage capacities aren't hugely important to the scope of this story, the tireless attention to detail is the reason I come to Anandtech first. You guys rock. Reply
  • guidryp - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    Too big for a phone for me, but I wold love an eReader based on this. Reply
  • agent2099 - Sunday, February 26, 2012 - link

    They shouldn't even release this phone without ICS. Google needs to mandate that once there is a major OS revision all future devices come preinstalled with the latest OS. Reply

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