If you thought that the LG Optimus Vu missed its chance in the US as the numerous delays it suffered made it possible for Samsung to release the Galaxy Note 2, LG shocked the world by officially announcing the Optimus Vu 2. Unfortunately, the announcement seems to be made in a rush to catch on with its rival phablet from Samsung, because they didn’t even bother to show us how the device will look like.
LG Optimus Vu 2
LG’s Optimus Vu 2 main attraction (and the only one advertised) is an infrared transmitter embedded in the phone, which acts like an universal remote for devices in your home when used with LG’s remote control app, QRemote. We don’t know if the app only works with other LG devices, but I am sure devs and hackers are going to have some fun with the infrared capabilities of the LG Optimus Vu 2 if it makes it to US shores. Maybe the beefed up LG Optimus Vu that was announced recently is the same thing as the Optimus Vu 2? It’s getting confusing isn’t it ?
After the LG Optimus Vu was launched months ago (we are still waiting for Verizon to release it), nobody can be sure if the second iteration of the phablet will be available anywhere else than its home country, Korea – where LG stated that the Optimus Vu 2 will hit shelves next month.
LG’s announcement included only the two screenshots above, so we don’t know if the device will look the same as the Optimus Vu or anything from the spec list apart from the IR transmitter. I think the IR capability is quite useful and frankly I am surprised to see it implemented only now in a smartphone. Let’s hope nobody tries to patent it so we can enjoy the feature on other phones that have a better chance to arrive in the US.
What do you think of the LG Optimus Vu 2 ? We will keep you posted with the latest updates on the LG Optimus Vu 2, and until then feel free to check out LG’s official ( translated ) press release on the phablet.