LG teases new 'Optimus Vu' smartphone with wide 5-inch 4:3 screen

Here's one way to differentiate your smartphone from the swarms of Android smartphones out there — make your screen even larger than the biggest smartphones currently available and change gears from a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio display to a 4:3 one. That's LG's plan for the Optimus Vu.

I've often asked myself the question "How big is too big?" when it comes to smartphone size, and I'm always astounded by how my opinion varies between smartphones.

Slated for a proper unveil at Mobile World Congress, LG's Optimus Vu trades height for width with a 5-inch 4:3 aspect ratio screen (1024x768), supposedly making the phone easier to use with one hand. Other than it's wider profile, the Vu should also have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (micro SD card slot included), an 8-megapixel camera, NFC, GPS and 4G LTE. It will reportedly run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apple might think the perfect size for a smartphone for the average hand is one with a 3.5-inch display, but Samsung thinks otherwise.

Samsung's made it no secret that it loves having smartphones in every size imaginable — even going as far to call it's pocket tablet — the Samsung Note — a smartphone.

LG now seems to think there's no such thing as too big, too.

In my previews, I've found 4.5-inch displays to be abnormally hard to use with one hand (my thumb can't reach to the top), so I'm having mixed feelings on how well a 5-inch phone will do. The shorter height should make things easier, though.

What say you, fine smartphone user? Is a 4:3 smartphone a silly idea, or is LG onto something bigger?

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