LG has just announced the successor to the LG Optimus Vu 2, the LG Vu 3, which loses the “Optimus” tag, but adds a lot of power to make up for it. The LG Vu 3 has a 5.2-inch (1280 x 960) IPS display which means it keeps the Vu series iconic 4:3 aspect ratio that has long been given up by the rest of the mobile market (the iPad is the other big mobile device still clinging to the 4:3 aspect ratio).
The 4:3 aspect ratio will come in handy for those who do lots of e-book reading and web surfing, but you’ll be stuck with large black bars at the top and bottom when you’re watching HD content.
Along with the admittedly mid-range display, LG has included the Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP back facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom UI on top and support for LTE-Advanced.
The Vu 3 also includes a built-in stylus and additional software functionality ported from the G2 such as guest mode and Knock on. The Vu 3 also launches with some interesting semi-transparent cases which will display information like the time and incoming calls.
Unlike the rumors that have been circling, it seems as if the Vu 3 won’t be the first smartphone to feature a flexible display. For now the smartphone is strictly for the Korean market, however, we’d expect there to be models for other parts of the world announced shortly.