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After selling 500,000 units of its Optimus Vu, LG is reportedly partnering with Verizon to bring the 5-inch smartphone to the U.S. The timing is odd, as is the phone’s 4 : 3 aspect ratio, given the success of the Galaxy Note and its coming soon successor.

LG Optimus Vu

After passing up on Samsung’s 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, Verizon reportedly plans to sell LG’s 5-inch Optimus Vu smartphone. Droid Life posted a screen shot that shows the handset will cost $199.99 with contract, or $549.99 without, and it will be named the LG Intuition. As with all other smartphones that Verizon now releases, the Android-powered Intuition will support the operator’s 4G LTE network.

The leaked information follows just two days after LG announced the phone would be sold internationally. The handset maker launched the device in Korea, where it has sold 500,000 units. It’s likely that LG will have to use two different chip suppliers for the Vu based on my news report earlier this week:

Next month, consumers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America can purchase the international Optimus Vu, which has a few changes from the original edition. Gone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and support for LTE networks. Instead, the revised Optimus Vu uses Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip along with HSPA+ network support.

Nvidia doesn’t yet have a chip with an integrated LTE radio, although it is working on one. That suggests to me that a Verizon version of this phone will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon, unlike the international model of the handset.

Interestingly, Verizon doesn’t yet have a smartphone with a tablet-like form factor and display size. The company doesn’t, for example, sell the popular Samsung Galaxy Note, which is carried by AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. I’d think that if Verizon was planning to bring a large-screened phone to market, it might wait for the Galaxy Note II, expected to be announced by Samsung next week.

And even if the Galaxy Note successor wasn’t right around the corner, I still question if the Vu — or Intuition, if the reports are accurate — will even challenge the Galaxy Note, regardless of Verizon’s widespread 4G network coverage. Without a place to put the phone stylus and with an awkward (for a smartphone, that is) 4:3 aspect ratio, the Note line is likely to appeal more and Verizon would be better off by choosing it over the Vu.

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  1. I agree 100%. I’ve been hoping that Verizon would sell the Galaxy Note II when it becomes available, and this appears to be a poor substitute.

    If they don’t, I will strongly consider switching carriers. As someone that has the Verizon/Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi) as my main devices, I’ve decided that I want to use just one device going forward and the Note II seems to fit that bill perfectly. Big enough when needed and small enough for carrying around day to day. Is it perfect for all situations? Of course not, but I’ll trade off the downsides so I can reduce the number of devices I work with.

    This all assumes that I won’t be swept back to Microsoft though which is also I strong possibility. Ugh!

    1. Leonard Peterson Don Sunday, August 26, 2012

      There is also leaked specs and pic of a new samsung galaxy player that samsung is going to release soon. It has a 5.8 inch qhd display. It is essentially a 6 inch galaxy tab wifi

  2. Verizon has idiots running it

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