Yesterday, we told you about Samsung's latest addition to the phablet craze, the Galaxy Note II. Not willing to be left in the shadows, LG and Verizon Wireless are now announcing a phablet of their own in the form of the Intuition by LG. This 5-inch tablet/smartphone hybrid will be available online Thursday, September 6 and in stores next Monday, September 10 for about $200 with a contract.
Perhaps what's most interesting about the Intuition is the number of similar features it has to some of Samsung's products. For example, the Intuition features an included pen (known as a Rubberdium) that lets you add personalized notes to pictures, maps, websites, etc. Although adding a stylus isn't exactly a new concept, the way in which LG is marketing the functionality seems awfully similar to Samsung's. In addition, the Intuition comes with two reprogrammable NFC stickers that can change your phone's settings with a single tap. Sound familiar? Samsung's TecTiles do the same thing.
Given all of the fierce battles regarding patent infringements between mobile device manufacturers, we have to think Samsung isn't going to let LG slide completely, even if Samsung is a bit tied up with Apple at the moment.
As far as hardware specs are concerned, the Intuition is a bit behind the Galaxy Note II, featuring a 5-inch display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other key features of the Intuition include 4G LTE connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
4G LTE Connectivity and a Tablet-Like Experience on Vivid 5-Inch True HD Display
BASKING RIDGE and ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics USA today announced the Intuition by LG, a next-generation device that offers the full functionality of a smartphone and a tablet all in one slim, pocket friendly device. The Intuition by LG, exclusively for Verizon Wireless, will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Sept. 6 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Sept. 10 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. The Intuition’s innovative design and features let customers record their most creative ideas while also staying productive, all in one device. Customers will also have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, which covers more than 75 percent of the U.S. population and will soon be available in more than 400 markets nationwide.
LG’s 5-inch display with high-definition detail gives customers a premium viewing experience with exceptionally sharp detail, and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes it ideal for reading e-books, watching videos, Web browsing and reviewing presentations. The Intuition features the Polaris® Office app, allowing customers to view, create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations right on the Intuition’s large display and can even organize files by category or folder.
The QuickMemo™ app can be used with a single press of a button and allows customers to draw or write messages with the included Rubberdium™ pen or with their finger on just about any screen. Add a personalized handwritten note to pictures, maps, websites and easily share with friends through text messages, social media, email and more. Customers can even pick different colors and pen types to help further customize their notes.
The Intuition also features the LG Tag+ app and two reprogrammable NFC (Near Field Communications) stickers that can be used to create and switch between different phone modes with a single tap. For example, the stickers can be posted onto an office door or bedroom nightstand and customers simply tap the NFC sticker with their phone to activate a mode and tap it again to return to their original settings. The different modes are customizable and include Car Mode, Office Mode, Sleep Mode and User Mode. Settings like Bluetooth®, GPS, Wi-Fi and more can be turned on or off by tapping the back of the Intuition on an LG Tag+ sticker.
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