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LG has officially unveiled its new phablet challenger, the Optimus Vu, ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) later this week.

The Android powered Vu combines the dimensions of a tablet with smartphone functionality and is intended to go mano-a-mano with the similarly generously proportioned Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC’s Sensation XL.

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Set to make its proper debut at the tech expo, LG’s kit features a five-inch, LCD screen with 1024x768 resolution , an eight megapixel camera and a 1.5GHz processor of the dual core variety.

There’s also 32GB of on board storage on offer. And US buyers will also benefit from 4G support for super fast browsing.

Somewhat disappointingly, the Vu will ship with the slightly superannuated 2.3 version of Android (aka Gingerbread) out of the box. But we’re assured an update to the newer, shinier Ice Cream Sandwich version will be along soon enough.

LG’s launch line-up for MWC in Barcelona is also expected to include the LG Optimus 3D Max. The successor to the Optimus 3D teams 3D media playback with a look and feel that’s distinctly reminiscent of Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy S2.



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