LG Optimus Vu--another 5-inch, pen-friendly Android phone
Another big phone and its stylus are giving the Samsung Galaxy Note some company.
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.
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.