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MWC: LG launches 5in Optimus Vu and quad core Optimus 4X HD smartphones

LG Optimus Vu

LG has unveiled a range of new Optimus smartphones of all shapes and sizes at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

After leaking the LG Optimus 3D Max last week, LG added two more high-spec phones, the quad core Optimus 4X HD and the 5in smartphone-meets-tablet, the Optimus Vu.

The LG Optimus 4X HD has a 1.5GHz quad core processor, 4.7in 1280 x 720 HD IPS display and the latest Tegra 3 chip.

There's an 8 MP camera, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support and 16GB of storage.

The Optimus 4X HD can also do 2D-to-3D on-the-fly conversion, which while it can't show on its own screen, can be passed via MHL - micro USB to HDMI - to a 3D screen. It's set to retail at around £500.

The big-boy Optimus Vu has a 5in screen, taking on Samsung's Galaxy Note in the big-screen tablet-meets-smartphone category.

Despite the 5in, 4:3 ratio, 1024 x 768 resolution HD IPS display, it measures just 8.5mm thin.

It also comes with a digital pen, like the Galaxy Note's S-Pen, which can be used to copy and paste content from the screen.

Also new is the Optimus L series of affordable smartphones. Three models in all, led by the L7, with a 4.3in screen and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

The L5 has a 4.3in screen, and Android 4.0, while the L3 has a 3.2in screen with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We think the L3 could be as little as £150.

We'll be posting a blog with hands-on pictures of the Optimus 4X HD, Optimus 3D Max and Optimus L7 shortly.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.