LG officially announces the Optimus Vu II, and it’s just as confusing as the first one

September 27, 2012
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When LG announced the Optimus Vu in February of this year, we were taken aback. The device was obviously intended to be a Samsung Galaxy Note clone, but LG’s key differentiator with the Vu was the screen. Whereas practically every phone on the market makes use of a 16:9 display, LG opted to go 4:3 with the Vu, which made it impossible to hold, much less slide into your pocket. Anyway, the Vu hit the Korean market one month later, in March, and then it finally came to America’s shores a couple of weeks ago on Verizon as the “LG Intuition”.

Today LG is announcing the Vu II. And guess what? It’s got the same 5 inch 4:3 display as the original Vu. In fact, we’re having a tough time telling the Vu II apart from the first Vu. The only thing that’s different is the spec sheet. This new Vu has a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, 2 GB of RAM, and a stylus that’s supposed to be easier to hold. We have no idea when the Vu II will ship, but we do know how much it’s going to cost: roughly $865.

So let’s recap: LG announced a 5 inch 4:3 smartphone in February, shipped it one month later in their home country, shipped it six months after that in America, and now there’s a new version. That’s just not cool. We understand that LG wants to compete with Samsung, but rushing subpar clones of Galaxy devices to market simply isn’t the way to prove your credibility with customers.

In other news, later this year we’re expecting HTC to announce a 5 inch smartphone that uses a 1080p screen made by LG. This brings up the obvious question: Why didn’t LG make a phone using that screen?

It would have attracted a hell of a lot more attention.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/IamStrykyr Eric Hayes

    Niether of these phones are the first LG Vu. Google the LG Vu CU920. Talk about a turd. I hated that phone. Went form that to a skyrocket to a Note.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erickaqua Ericko Samudera

    WHAT THE VU?

    But seriously, who will design apps just for this 4:3 phone series?

  • http://cobravision.wordpress.com/ Cobravision

    They should make a 1:1 perfectly square model just so they can have a hammerlock on the title of “Most Unweidly phone Ever”.You must be having a beef with Samsung to get this over the Note 2.

  • Erica Mathis

    I loved my VU ll and now love my VU3! Best phone I’ve ever had. It’s not that big and it easily fits in most pockets and being a women with average sized hands it’s not at all hard to hold with one hand, its only 1/4″ wider than the Note 3, so stop with the hyperbole!