A new LG smartphone recently passed through the FCC with radios for Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
According to Engadget, the LG V5950 recently visited the FCC with NFC as well as 4G LTE bands that match Verizon’s network. The wide design, speaker placement, and SIM card tray seem to match the LG Optimus Vu, LG’s giant Galaxy Note competitor. The upper left corner of the device also seems to hold an antenna like the Korean version of the phone.
The FCC never outright mentions the name Optimus Vu, but we don’t know of any other LG phones that look similar to this one. We don’t know of any other phones that match this form factor, actually.
After a visit to the FCC, we might see the Optimus Vu land on Verizon sometime in the near future. We have no idea when it will launch on Big Red, but it will likely be relatively soon. When it does launch, it will fill the void left by the absence of a CDMA Galaxy Note. We know the Galaxy Note is coming to T-Mobile soon, but we don’t know if the phone will ever make it to Verizon, and it’s been a long time since we’ve heard news of a Sprint Galaxy Note.
We hope that whenever the Optimus Vu does come to Verizon, LG updates the version of Android on the phone. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread despite the availability of newer versions of Android. With the recent announcement of Jelly Bean, the Optimus Vu is now two versions of Android behind the latest, which is depressing.