LG Electronics introduced a new Android smartphone, LG Optimus Vu, in Korea this week. Though the phone had been making news since its official launch back in February, 2012, it is entirely a different thing to hold the phone physically.

The new Vu is a different phone in a number of features but the most astonishing is its larger screen that makes up for the 5.5-inch high and 3.5-inch wide structure that borders the tablet category. However, rest assured that it really is a smartphone that makes calls and sends texts over a cellular network. It also runs on Android but a worn-out older version that is a throwback in the well-featured devices.

It comes with a stylus, alas, there is not space in the gigantic handset to accommodate it inside the chassis; maybe LG forgot to reserve a seat for the stylus. It works though and writes and draws beautifully. There are certain limitations in the handset that make it a hard sell in the market, on of them is its limited sales region that borders inside the Korean territory.

There are certain new features that one might not see in another contemporary handset. One of them is the aforementioned stylus and the other is the antenna, not the GSM of NFC antennae but an old-fashion radio and television receiver that expands and collapses in the top-right corner of the device.

Design

The new Optimus Vu incorporates a simple, sharp-edged design that reminds of the term, old is gold. Not only is the design older than a Pentium processor but the back shield is covered with a plastic body that is contoured enough to give the illusion of leather. However, it is neither leather nor it is of premium quality. The covering is however, light-weight and contributes to the overall feather-weight being of the device.

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