LG Optimus Vu is a 5-inch Galaxy Note rival

LG's new teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of the Optimus Vu, a 5-inch mobile with an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio.

If you thought the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note was a huge flash in the gigantic pan, you were massively mistaken. LG is looking to make its own sled-sized smart phone, giving us a glimpse of the LG Optimus Vu in a new teaser trailer.

This 5-inch mobile is different from Samsung's Note in one major respect though -- it boasts a screen with a claimed 4:3 aspect ratio. LG, we'd like to take this moment to offer you "room with a Vu" as a potential tagline. You're welcome.

The Korean gadget maker gave a sniff of the device and its quirky dimensions in a post on its blog. And if our deciphering of Google Translate is on the money, LG seems to reckon the 4:3 ratio is perfectly suited to the human hand.

Hmm. We've never had too much trouble keeping our hands on more rectangular mobiles to be honest, but we'll likely see the Vu making an appearance at Mobile World Congress at the end of this month, where we'll get a hands-on and see how it feels.

Not much else is known about the Vu -- the teaser video (which we've embedded below) shows circular metallic buttons and rounded edges that remind us a little of Nokia's Lumia 800.

Along the bottom of the device you can spy four touch-sensitive Android buttons, and while nothing else is known for sure, around the web we've seen unconfirmed reports of an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

We didn't hate the Note, but it is too big to be practical for most folks. In a few years will all mobiles be so supersized? Perhaps we should invest in trousers with bigger pockets.

Are you enjoying the Vu? tell us in the comments, or let fly on our Facebook wall.

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