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LG has officially announced it will be launching the Optimus Vu in Europe next month.

Unveiled back in February at Mobile World Congress, the Optimus Vu is the South Korean giant’s answer to compatriot Samsung’s ten million-selling Galaxy Note, featuring a five-inch display with a 1024 x 768 resolution, and of course, stylus support.

Also on board is a 1.4GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset from NVIDIA, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) recording, 32GB of on internal storage and a 2080mAh battery. Although it runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, an upgrade to Jelly Bean should be available after launch.

What’s different about the Vu, though, is that it is a fair bit wider than the Galaxy Note, giving it a 4:3 screen ratio, which should make it ideal for reading e-books, magazines and whathaveyou.

“The different form factor makes Optimus Vu: unique even in the 5-inch smartphone category which we expect will catch on once they become more widely available,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile.

LG has confirmed the Vu will make its debut in Europe (and Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) starting September. Although a UK release date hasn’t been announced yet, the phone-maker said this will be revealed in the near future.

Pricing is unknown at this point. However, with any luck it will be competitive, as the Vu will be up against the Galaxy Note 2, due to debut on August 29th.

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