Introduced in South Korea in the first quarter of the year, and announced for other markets last month, the LG Optimus Vu is certainly not your everyday smartphone. That’s because its 5-inch, 4:3 ratio display makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold. And although most reviewers (including those talking about Verizon’s version, called Intuition) criticized LG for the handset’s design, the South Korean company is getting ready to launch a new Optimus Vu with similar physical characteristics.
The new smartphone is called Optimus Vu II. It was first mentioned by LG in a press release issued in August, but no photos have been made available. Until now, when we’ve received a few images of the handset, so we’re gladly sharing them. The Vu II keeps the 5-inch, 1024 x 768 pixels screen from its predecessor, but brings some improvements in other departments: it has 2GB of RAM, a new QRemote control app that uses infrared, MicroSD card support, and a slightly larger 2,150 mAh battery. There’s also a new Rubberdium Pen 2.0, and a notification LED.
It looks like the Vu II will be released running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a shame, since Jelly Bean has been out for a few months now. LG plans to start selling the Optimus Vu II in South Korea this month. We will report back when the handset launches.