In case you reside in the US and you own a phablet, chances are that it’s a Samsung Galaxy Note and it came alongside a contract with AT&T. The reason for this is because the carrier in question had exclusivity rights on distributing the Note in the US. However, things have changed, the exclusivity came to an end and next in line eager to get the Galaxy Note under its wing is T-Mobile.
Why am I saying all this? Well, because it appears that Verizon is not interested in the Note at all, probably because the Big Red feels that the majority of potential customers have already purchased the device from AT&T. That, and perhaps the idea that it doesn’t want to compete with T-Mobile over the small number of remaining potential customers.
However, that doesn’t mean Verizon doesn’t want a piece of the phablet market, it might mean that the carrier simply plans on doing things differently.
LG Optimus VU at Verizon
The LG Optimus VU has been around on the South Korean market for quite some time, but hasn’t managed to draw the attentions of other regions at all. However, quite recently we came across a bit of information indicating that the Optimus VU has paid a visit to the FCC, boasting Verizon branding and 4G LTE bands.
As if that wasn’t intriguing enough, the guys over at Android Police recently got a hold on some pictures depicting a fully functional version of the Optimus VU heading towards Verizon.
The device in question appears to come with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB internal storage, an 8 MP camera on the back mated with a 1.3 MP camera on the front, and stylus support which is a vital component for a gadget this size.
In other words, the LG Optimus Vu appears to be a direct competitor to the Galaxy Note. We can’t say whether or not this will be as successful as the Note, and perhaps it won’t be. But it might be more successful at Verizon than the Note would’ve been, because at least with the VU, the carrier will have the element of exclusivity and since the VU hasn’t been seen outside of Korea, it sure makes it an interesting choice.
As far as the LG Optimus VU release date at Verizon goes, there’s nothing certain at this point but a “by the end of summer” time-slot is almost certain. We’ll definitely keep a close eye on the LG Optimus VU and keep you up to date as soon as the story develops. In the meantime, let us know whether or not you are considering giving the Vu a chance.
Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the LG Optimus Vu at Verizon.