LG Optimus Vu gets official, is still the stoutest smartphone/tablet we've ever seen

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Remember the LG Optimus Vu, the crazy tablet/smartphone hybrid with the screen size ratio that was so off kilter it almost looked a fake? Well it’s now been made official, in all it’s 4:3 ratio square-sized glory.

Entering the same tablet/smartphone niche as the Samsung Galaxy Note at 5 inches in size, it runs a 1024×768 resolution IPS display, which is said to offer “the best viewing experience even under bright sunlight”.

Under the hood you’ll find a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, backed by 1GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage space. LTE connectivity promises super-fast mobile download speeds, while elsewhere there’s an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing snapper. A 2,080mAh battery is large, but will probably still only survive a day’s use when powering a screen this size.

Android version 2.3 Gingerbread is the OS of choice, with an Ice Cream Sandwich update waiting not too far away into the future.

Perhaps best of all though is the stylus that’s set to ship with the Vu. It’s not all that special in terms of specifications and features, but with a name like the “Rubberdium” it hands down wins the “Best Tech Accessory Name” award of the year so far.

“The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could do with a smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company.

“By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing experience, 5-inch display combined with superfast LTE technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.”

The LG Optimus Vu will hit Korean stores in March. We’ll post news on a UK launch as we get the details.

Gerald Lynch