LG Teases Large Screen Optimus Vu Smartphone with 5-inch Display

Paul Lilly

There's a funny thing taking place in the mobile phone market. The first portable handsets were big and bulky, and the race was on to deliver smaller, slimmer phones. Then mobile phones got smart with touchscreens, dual-core processors, full-fled operating systems, and all sorts of advanced features, and now the trend is towards bigger devices, culminating in handsets like Samsung's Galaxy Note and, as teased to the Web, LG's Optimus Vu.

Samsung's Galaxy Note features a ginormous 5.3-inch touchscreen that have some calling it a phablet (phone + tablet = phablet, in case it wasn't obvious). LG's upcoming Optimus Vu is only slightly smaller at 5 inches, but will still rank as one of the larger smartphones out there.

A teaser shot and video of the Optimus Vu was posted to LG's Korean portal with minimal details attached. LG confirmed it will sport a 5-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and said it will have a stylish design, but provided no other info. Our friends at Engadget came upon a post at Japanese site Datacider that adds an additional photo to the mix along with purported specs, which include a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB ROM, 8MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.

Are you fan of this trend towards larger smartphones in the 5-inch and above category, or do you think handsets like LG's Optimus Vu and Samsung's Galaxy Note are simply too big?

Image Credit: LG

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