LG was eager to announce the Optimus VU, their response to the Samsung Galaxy Note, even before this year’s MWC where we had out hands-on time with the 4:3 aspect ratio device. Back then the device was powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and was unseen, except for its home market and Japan.
Now LG is announcing the global availability of the Optimus VU, a week ahead the IFA Samsung Unpacked event where the second iteration of the Galaxy Note is expected. The Optimus VU is expected to land in September in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America.
For this global roll-out, LG replaced the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with an nVidia Tegra 3 SoC. The other specs seem to be unchanged: five-inch IPS display with 4:3 aspect ratio and 768 x 1024 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, eight-megapixel main camera, and 1.3-megapixel webcam. It will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box.