Verizon LG Optimus Vu Caught On-Camera With Carrier Badging, Running ICS

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We just heard T-Mobile verify its plans for the Galaxy Note, bringing the carrier a jumbo-sized Android to offer its user base. It’s not the only US network showing some interest in handsets this size, as we’ve been following the signs pointing to a Verizon LG Optimus Vu. Publication of the phone’s FCC documentation last month made this seem like all but a lock, and tonight we get to see the clearest evidence yet of Verizon’s plans for the phone, thanks to the first pictures showing-off the Vu with full Verizon badging.

Compare these shots of the Vu to the rendering in that recent FCC data, and CE logo aside, we’ve got a near-perfect match. This clearly isn’t a production model, as evidenced by “Not For Sale” in place of its FCC ID, but otherwise this baby looks practically ready to go.

Unlike the international Vu, the Verizon model should arrive with Ice Cream Sandwich from day one. What we’re most curious about is the price at which Verizon might launch the model. Off-contract, the international Vu is one of the most expensive handsets we’ve crossed, with the phone going for nearly $1000. As a result, we’d be surprised to see Verizon offer it for less than $300 on-contract, but that could be a really hard sell for a phone like this; LG doesn’t really have the clout of Samsung or Motorola, and while the Vu has some very decent hardware under its hood, it feels wrong giving it a higher price tag than really top-shelf models like the GS3.

Source: Android Police

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