Canadians have yet to see an official release of LG’s strange and compelling Vu smartphone. Envisioned as a hybrid phone and tablet, the devices have maintained a divisive 4:3 aspect ratio since their release in 2012.
Now in its third generation, the Vu 3 eschews the Optimus moniker, as did the G series earlier this year, and ups the specs on this Korean-only model. It also increases the screen space to 5.2-inches and ups the resolution to a strange 1280×960, the first such combination for an Android device.
The Vu 3 emphasizes its easy-reading aspect ratio and fast performance with a Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and LTE-Advanced support for the Korean market. The stylus is also internal now, so like the Note 3 users won’t have to find other places to stow it.
The device includes many of the same Android 4.2-based software features of the G2, including KnockOn, Guest Mode and Plug & Pop.
No word on whether this will come to Canada, but we wouldn’t be on it. Importers, however, will find it capable of working on most of our networks.