LG Optimus Vu

With a timid IFA 2012 behind us, it was only a matter of time before the unveilings that missed the stage in Berlin started to pile up. Still, it’s a bit surprising to see so many new devices just days after what should have been the biggest tech event of the fall.

It looks that Verizon wants to steal the spotlight this week, with two busy, busy days already planned. We have known for a while that Big Red will co-host a special event with Motorola on September 5, when a couple of new phones are expected to be on display. We’ve just heard about the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar, and now it seems that the LG Intuition will also get a formal introduction by the end of the week.

The Intuition is the fancy new name of LG’s Optimus Vu “phablet”. Athough rumors from last week stated that it’ll come on the 15th of September, it now seems that Verizon and LG are going out of their way to undercut the US release of the Galaxy Note 2.

But hey, who can blame them? They know they have a rather dusty gadget that they’re trying to market as a shiny new one, so Intuition’s success now depends on careful planning and marketing. And on pricing, of course, but we still don’t know how Verizon and LG will deal with that particular detail.

What we do know (or at least suspect) is that the “new” 5-incher will get a “Web Only” release on September 6 and will hit retail stores across the States four days later, on the 10th. We also know the Intuition will be powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and will feature 1 GB of RAM, 4G LTE speeds, dual 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras, 32 GB of on-board storage, and a 2,080 mAh battery that offers up to 15 hours of talk time on a single charge.

The HD-IPS LCD display with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution will be one of Intuition’s pieces de resistance, but the lack of microSD support and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with no Jelly Bean upgrade in sight) might be deal-breakers for some of you. Then again, it could have been worse, with the original Optimus Vu running Gingerbread upon launch and being updated to ICS just a couple of months back.

Will anyone be looking to Verizon come September 6 for the Intuition? Are you willing to give the phablet a chance if the price’ll be right? Or is it simply too late and you can’t even conceive picking something else over the Galaxy Note 2?

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