Samsung's Galaxy Note has a challenger in the so-called smartphone/tablet hybrid category of devices -- which many are starting to call phablets -- in the new LG Optimus Vu.
LG, the second largest South Korean electronics maker behind Samsung, has teased the Optimus Vu for a couple of weeks as a new phone that offers the usefulness of a tablet in a smaller, more portable size.
On Monday, LG detailed some impressive specs for the Optimus Vu on its Korean website and a Japanese blog. confirming a 5-inch touchscreen with a 4:3 aspect ratio that, like the 5.3-inch screen Galaxy Note, makes use of a stylus.
The screen has a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution to display Google'sAndroid Gingerbread operating system, although an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich will come later, according to tech site the Verge.
Inside, the Optimus Vu will be powered by a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor from Qualcomm and will feature 32 gigabytes of included storage, LG said, according to a translation of its Korean site.