UPDATE: This device has been formally announced. All the details on it can be found in this article:
Between the hints LG has been dropping and several leaks, a somewhat clear picture of the LG Optimus Vu has come to light. This Android device will have a display large enough to skirt the line between smartphone and tablet.
It’s not clear yet exactly how big the touchscreen on this model will be, but it’s definitely going to be close to 5 inches. As such, it’s chief competitor is going to be the Samsung Galaxy Note, which boast a 5.3-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Fortunately, an image with the two side-by-side has leaked out. Whatever it’s exact size, the resolution will supposedly be 1280 x 720 pixels.
This phone/tablet will run Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, if unconfirmed reports are correct. An upgrade to OS 4.0 is a virtual certainty. There will be 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage.
The Optimus Vu will also include one of the 8 megapixel rear-facing cameras that have become ubiquitous on high-end smartphones. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
LG is widely expected to take the wraps off this super-size smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) late this month. When it will actually be available is unclear, however. Those outside of Asia who are eager to try it out might have a long wait — so far, all the images that have leaked out show this tabletphone running a Korean version of Android.
LG put out a short video showing off the Optimus Vu. It can be seen below: