While most smartphones these days are boasting larger screen sizes, not every brand is jumping on that bandwagon. LG has announced their new Vu 3 device, which contains a much more conservative display at 5.2″ tall.
Not only will the display be smaller than most, but it looks like LG have shied away from using widescreen in this model. While it was a typical feature in past releases like the G2 to have a higher ratio of about 16:10, this one will not follow suit. Instead, it will have a basic 4:3 aspect ratio. The company claims this will serve phablet users better in the long run, though with the also smaller screen I suspect it may underwhelm consumers.
Still, the hardware that we know about (LG hasn’t released full details yet) seems pretty solid. The display may be small, but it will pack a powerful punch..it has a 1280 x 960 resolution and full HD capability. We have no idea what the PPI will be, but past LG devices have been pretty tight in that regard.
While many contemporaries are still running smartphones on dual-core processing chips, the Vu 3 will have a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 under the hood. That will be further supported by a 480 MHz Adreno 330 GPU. Features should run smoothly, and the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS will give it a standard interface that is user friendly.
They have given it 2 GB of RAM, but no word yet on the storage space. If they are smart it will at least have 16GB of on board storage with a micro SD for expansion, to put it on par with other phones on the market. But a higher capability is possible, perhaps a 32 GB.
Camera features are a bit higher than other models. The rear camera will be a full 13 MP, and the front will be 2 MP. The flash is LED, and the device supports full HD recording.
Without knowing price and details of the Vu 3 like the hard drive space, it is difficult to make a call on this one. It could be a really good alternative to other brands, or it might be a total flop. The features as they are listed now don’t make it seem all that impressive. It sounds like any mid-range smartphone, only with a smaller display and no widescreen.
The problem that LG is going to have this year will be the same as many other companies: they have been sideswiped by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.