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LG goes big with 5-inch Optimus Vu

The manufacturer has begun teasing a 5-inch Android smartphone with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Called the LG Vu, it may make its debut later this month at Mobile World Congress.

Is LG set to take on the Galaxy Note with the Optimus Vu? Electotube

LG has started dropping hints about its next Android device, an oversize smartphone known as the Optimus Vu.

Aside from its name and the fact that it features an unorthodox 4:3 aspect ratio, nothing else can be gleaned from a newly uncovered YouTube video. That's not to say, however, that there are no other details to speak of.

A pair of tech blogs are separately reporting that the Optimus Vu is not only large, but also it can stand shoulder to shoulder with today's Android handsets.

Specifications for the LG smartphone are said to include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC support. Expected to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the massive device appears to have the standard Android buttons across below the IPS display.

Speaking of that large screen, details indicate we're in for a 5-inch display with a 1024x768-pixel resolution. For the sake of comparison, Samsung's Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch, 1,280x800 screen; however its 16:9 ratio makes for a thinner form factor.

As a reminder, Mobile World Congress is but three weeks away and already LG is tied to a number of unannounced handsets. With dual-core, quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich, and this new massive smartphone, 2012 could be LG's year to make some noise.