Remember the photos of leaked cases (Quick View) that were suspected to be those of the LG Vu 3? They implied that we’ll see a departure from the slab form factor that LG’s last iteration of its Vu tablet, the Vu 2 and the first Vu, were known for and instead come with a more curved and compact device. It is exactly what was announced by LG early today. The LG Vu 3 is now official and it comes with a clean new look.
With a stylus and a 5.2 inch display, the Vu 3 retains its tag as LG’s only device specifically aimed at the phablet category. While 5.2 inches is nothing to excite any phablet enthusiasts that have already played with Samsung’s Galaxy Mega devices, the recently launched Galaxy Note 3, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra and Huawei’s Ascend Mate, it is the unique 4:3 aspect ratio that sets it apart. On one hand it is a cumbersome aspect ratio but on the other it covers its track by still retaining the big looks though on a much smaller footprint than most of its competitors. Remember LG’s 2013 flagship device the G2 which was recently introduced into the Kenyan market also has a 5.2 inch display that has received rare praise from the early reviews that have been filed so far. The G2’s display has an aspect ratio of 16:9 though which sets it apart from the Vu 3’s. The Vu 3’s 4:3 aspect ratio comes in handy if you are a lover of ebooks since large blocks of text are rendered well than on a 16:9 aspect ratio display.
The Vu 3’s specs are as follows:
- 5.2-inch (1280 x 960 pixels) HD + IPS display at 4:3 aspect ratio
- 2.26 GHz quadcore Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor with 480 MHz Adreno 330 GPU
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s Optimum UI laid on top with the many “innovative” features we have seen on LG devices of late ranging from the handy KnockON feature and Guest Mode to the blind nifty add-ons like Q-Slide apps on the notification shade.
- 13MP rear camera with LED Flash 1080p video recording at 30 fps and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera
- 2GB RAM. No word on the other memory options available.
- 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+ 42Mbps, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS / aGPS (with LTE Advanced too)
The LG Vu 3 will be released in the Korean market on September 27th. There’s no word on when it will be available everywhere else or the pricing but if the G2’s appearance locally is anything to go by, a month won’t be such a long time would it?