LG introduces Panorama Note feature for Optimus Vu: II; saving big announcements for Mobile World Congress


We just got back from LG’s CES 2013 showing, and while much of the OEM’s announcements regarded Smart Home appliances, LG threw a sliver of Android news in there for us to sink our teeth into. The company announced Panorama Note, a feature not unlike Samsung’s S Note that’ll allow you to draw to your heart’s content.

Coming to the LG Optimus Vu: II, Panorama Note’s claim to fame will be that you can create your masterpieces on the odd 3:! aspect ratio display instead of the normal ratio we’re used to. Yep, that’s all it is. LG Mobile CEO Jong-Seok Park says that the company’s phone will continue to come with industry-leading specs, but that its user experience will remain just as big of a focus as LG looks to continue to differentiate itself throughout 2013.

Oddly enough, the South Korean manufacturer opted to save its biggest mobile news for a later date. It will wait until the tech industry converges on Barcelona, Spain this February for Mobile World Congress. We’re sure to see a round of smartphones, and perhaps LG will take another crack at the tablet market. Whatever happens, though, you can bet we’ll be in attendance to get a nice, long look at all the latest LG has to offer. Read on for full press details.

SEOUL, Jan. 7, 2013 –– LG Electronics will introduce a new feature, Panorama Note, on the Optimus Vu: II for the first time at the 2013 International CES, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Panorama Note allows users to create extra wide 3:1 ratio memos and drawings directly on smartphone displays.


Panorama Note feature was developed from the analog philosophy of scribbling freely on a large canvas and allows users to write, draw or jot notes while navigating the wide 3:1 ratio image. Panorama Note features 5.8 times zooming capability, easy navigation of the screen both vertically and horizontally via cursors and a Mini Map that shows the location of the viewed image in the original image.


Panorama Note is just one of many user experience features that LG will be introducing this year to differentiate our mobile devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Our UX features will be deeply integrated with our devices to take advantage of the smartphones’ specific hardware. The battle of smartphone specs will continue but we’re going to take the competition to the next level.”


At CES LG will provide an experimental zone where visitors can personally experience LG’s innovative UX such as QSlide, Live Zooming and Dual Screen Dual Play on LG handsets. The new Vu: Talk feature will also make its international debut at CES on Optimus Vu: II. The Panorama Note will be available on specific target devices in 2013.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. They are really using the word “Note” in the title of this feature. Samsung lawyers love it already.

  2. Poor woman’s Tori Spelling?!

  3. Was the first LG Vu anygood?

    1. I was an interesting shape. A lot of people knocked the 4:3 form factor but none of those people ever used it. It’s actually quite nice (and your thumb can reach all corners of the screen).

      The only problem I had with the phone was it’s slower last-gen Snapdragon dual-core (same as the original Note). Wasn’t sluggish, but it didn’t give it much of a “kick.”

      1. I agree with everything you said. I had a go on my friend’s during the summer in korea. One thing they could improve apart from performance-wise is the bezel. The Vu had very chunky bezels all around.

  4. So glad to see a phone that doesn’t have the display ratio of a toothpick. The GN2 is so narrow, it’s very difficult to take handwritten notes on it. :/

    1. You got a pretty good point there, now if LG can incorporate a wacom pen as well, that would be nice.

  5. no interesting devices as of yet

  6. Not sure where this product fits, business texting/email or portable gaming maybe.
    Too bulky to use as a normal phone, but small enough that it is not a usable work tablet.

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