LG Optimus Vu--another 5-inch, pen-friendly Android phone

Another big phone and its stylus are giving the Samsung Galaxy Note some company.

LG has been touting the Vu's 4:3 aspect ratio and the 5-inch phone's size on an HTML5 micro-site. Today it's official--another big boy phone will debut in Korea soon. Screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET

The Samsung Galaxy Note is getting some company in the emerging world of mega-smartphones from LG's Optimus Vu, which has been revealed ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

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The world is now home to at least two 5-inch Korean-made Android smartphones that are blurring the line between phone and tablet and attempting to resurrect the stylus. Like the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu is designed with a pen-friendly interface in mind.

LG also claims the 4:3 aspect ratio on the Optimus Vu as a central selling point--a Korean press release touts the huge screen space and brightness as ideal for reading e-books and other content.

Unlike the Galaxy Note, however, the LTE-enabled Optimus Vu won't be immediately available in the U.S. It should debut in Korea first, next month--initially running Android Gingerbread on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. LG says to expect an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade within three months of the roll-out.

Now that there are at least two 5-inch mega-phones on the market, perhaps they'll breed, flooding the mobile market with this odd new form factor. Will 2012 be the year of the 5-inch screen spring? Let us know in the comments section whether you think big phones will take off.

(Via Crave U.K. )

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Crave freelancer Eric Mack is a writer, radio producer, and podcaster based in Taos, N.M., but he lives in Google+. He's also managing editor of Crowdsourcing.org and has written e-books on both Alaska and Android. E-mail Eric.

 

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