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The LG Optimus Vu, which launched on Verizon as the LG Intuition with Verizon earlier this month, was undoubtedly a strange device. Taking a page from Samsung's – ahem – note book, LG created the Vu for the phablet market, but decided to go with a somewhat awkward 4:3 aspect ratio, adding to the device's laundry list of quirks.

Well, the Korean manufacturer has just officially announced the Vu's successor – the Optimus Vu II. While it's a bit surprising to see a follow-up on the Vu this soon, the device looks alright on paper, and offers a few key spec improvements over its older counterpart.

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The Vu II will come with several software features like remote functionality for its IR blaster, Q Translator (which uses the camera to translate text in "up to 44 languages") Q Memo, and a handful of other goodies, but the internal specs are what's really worth looking at.

  • 5" IPS display at 1024x768 (that's ~256ppi)
  • 8MP main camera and 1.3MP front shooter
  • MSM 8960 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 2150mAh battery
  • IR blaster with remote capability
  • Miracast compatibility
  • Wireless charging
  • VoLTE capability

Overall, the Vu II doesn't seem like a huge improvement over the original, but it's enough of a step up to make it worth considering for fans of the 4:3 form factor who held off on the original.

There's no word yet on pricing or availability (or whether we'll see this slab in the US), but we'll keep you updated as more information emerges. In the mean time, check out LG's announcement linked below.

Source: LG Newsroom (Translated to English)

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Cheeseball

    "Overall, the Vu II doesn't seem like a huge improvement over the original..."

    I see what you did there. :P

  • krazyfrog

    LG has gone full retard.

  • Tyler Chappell

    Really? Wow. Unbelievable they would make another already. I'll never buy an LG, even if they make a Nexus. They're just not that great.

  • hyperbolic

    I'd love to try LG once but I yet found an LG device that could be appealing.
    The design is one of the worst, aspect ratio even.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    2GB RAM is sweet spot. I would like to see more soon but 2GB will be enough for all todays games and not to kill other apps running in background while playing.

  • theentropic

    The LG Optimus Vu II.. now featuring more squares then ever before.

  • yarrellray

    This is so pitiful just perfect for Verizon. They deserve this device.