LG's bizarro 4:3 Vu phablet soon to hit a third generation

LG's bizarro 4:3 Vu phablet soon to hit a third generationThe LG Optimus Vu has to be one of the strangest devices to hit the smartphone market over the past few years, what with its 5in phablet sized display but quirky 4:3 aspect ratio.

So it comes as a mild surprise that LG is apparently working hard on a third generation of its portly mobile beast, and it's sticking to the 4:3 widebody form factor.

The LG Vu 3 (the Optimus title is falling away just like with the flagship G-Series) has been spotted by Japanese blog RBMEN, which has dutifully surfaced a panorama pic titled “vu3_vr_panorama” taken by an LG F300L.

Given that the original was the F100 and the Optimus Vu II, which emerged late last year, was the F200, it's a safe bet the F300 is the real deal.

Not only that, but a screenshot of the alleged Vu 3 shows a source image resolution of 1280 x 960, which if you do the maths makes for a 4:3 ratio.

Assuming LG is sticking with the 5in display size the previous two Vus have had, we're talking an unremarkable 320ppi pixel density. If the screen size is bigger than that, of course, the figure will drop further.

But who cares anyway? If you're into the (Optimus) Vu, you're unlikely to let a limited pixel count get in the way when you're OK with a palm-stretching body shape.

Besides, the 4:3 thing doesn't float my boat personally, but that doesn't mean I have to start shooting people down just for daring to be different.

Via Phone Arena

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cicobuff  Jul. 31, 2013 at 13:10

LG really do need to attempt to muscle in on the marketplace, like HTC are crawling their way back to popularity, their LG Optimus 4X HD was a decent phone and really overlooked in comparison with the SG3 and the HTC One X

thecresta  Jul. 31, 2013 at 13:32

16:9 screens = wider websites = more crap down the sides (ads / lists etc).

The fascination with marketing products as "Full HD" and "1080P" has all but killed off the perfectly good 4:3 aspect ratio.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 31, 2013 at 20:38

16:9 screens = wider websites = more crap down the sides (ads / lists etc).

The fascination with marketing products as "Full HD" and "1080P" has all but killed off the perfectly good 4:3 aspect ratio.

4:3 + big screen = extremely hard and uncomfortable to hold one handed, unfortunately.

socialjeebus  Aug. 1, 2013 at 15:54

16:9 screens = wider websites = more crap down the sides (ads / lists etc).

The fascination with marketing products as "Full HD" and "1080P" has all but killed off the perfectly good 4:3 aspect ratio.

4:3 + big screen = extremely hard and uncomfortable to hold one handed, unfortunately.


The Vu series has been a qualified hit in Korea, it's popular with female university students (nice design, cheaper than the Note, good for DMB, etc).

So it would have been more of a surprise had they decided not to make a Vu3.

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