How companies operate and the decisions they make are beyond me – for instance, Verizon not carrying the original Samsung Galaxy Note, that ended up only being sold by AT&T. When LG launched its first Phablet, the Optimus Vu, to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we were wondering what in the world was LG thinking. Then when Verizon agreed to carry it as the LG Intuition, we were wondering what was Verizon thinking, don’t carry the Note, but bring this LG “knockoff” in – my only explanation was that LG must have had some dirt on Verizon and were holding them hostage to release that phone. Thank heavens Verizon decided to carry the Note 2 and is now bringing in the Note 3 – sensible heads prevailed. But if you want, you can still get the original Intuition on Verizon’s website for only $50 on a two year contract.
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LG’s Optimus Vu 2 was released the fourth quarter of 2012, but not in the U.S., although it sold very well in the Asian countries due to its large screen (4:3) ratio and cheaper price. Not to be discouraged, a new report from Korean Media Sources claims that LG will be announcing that the new LG Vu 3 is releasing by the end of September, only this time it will be available worldwide. I am wondering which carriers will pick it up; will Verizon bring it back after disappointing sales.
Right now the specifications we have on the LG Vu 3 do not include RAM, amount of Internal Memory, or speed of the Processor:
- 5.2-inch display with 1280 x 960 Resolution
- 4:3 Aspect Ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core Processor
- LTE-Advanced Connectivity
- 13MP Camera
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Dedicated Stylus
The Galaxy Note 3 launches on September 25 in South Korea, but we do not know if LG will make its announcement for the LG Vu 3 before that date or not. The Galaxy Note 3 will list for approximately $924 in South Korea compared to the $740 price for the LG Vu 3. And while we make fun of the awkward shape of the Vu, LG said that they sold over a million units of the original Vu.
What do you say…just dying to hold that 4.3 ratio phone in your hands or pocket or are you sticking with your Galaxy Note series.