5" Smartphones: LG Optimus Vu vs. Samsung Galaxy Note
February 14th, 2012 - 03:08 am ET by C. D.
The battle for mobile devices with 5" screens, placing them between smartphones and tablets, is currently raging between South Korean manufacturers. This can be seen when looking at the future LG Optimus Vu and Samsung Galaxy Note devices side by side.
While the size of smartphone screens continue to grow in size (4.7" diagonal screens are quite common), screen sizes greater than 5" are now being seen. The display is becoming very big for a mobile and too small for a tablet, creating a hybrid category which is difficult to position.
While the first trials haven’t been conclusive, Samsung, benefitting from their position as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer (neck and neck with Apple), has nevertheless given it a go by releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note with a 5.3" display. This large smartphone could be used as an office notepad or even a small tablet with its stylus.
Carried by a strong marketing campaign, the Galaxy Note is certainly convincing with Samsung announcing that they have shipped a million units in two months since the end of December 2011. This has certainly led to their South Korean competitor, LG Electronics, getting ideas as they are now developing their own LG Optimus Vu smartphone, also with a 5" display.
Not a lot is known about this device yet, other than it will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 mega pixel camera lens, will come with 8 GB of storage space and surely an NFC module.
(Picture credit: GSM Arena)
It can also be noted that the LG Optimus Vu has a 4:3 screen format (with an IPS screen) while Samsung’s Galaxy Note comes in the 16:9 format, which makes it look larger. A photo has appeared on the Web comparing the two devices.
We will have to wait and see whether the 4:3 format remains relevant with users. The advantage of the Galaxy Note is that it is not as wide, maintaining its smartphone aspect when being held in the hand. The LG Optimus Vu should come with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (compared to 1280 x 800 pixels for the Galaxy Note).
The two devices bot run Android Gingerbread, signalling their smartphone aspects rather than tablet. The LG Optimus Vu should be presented at the end of February during the MWC 2012 show in Barcelona.