LG Has just announced that its “global” version of the LG Optimus Vu will use NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 instead of the original Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core Snapdragon. To be fair, the SnapDragon is pretty good too, and we’re willing to bet that American carriers may end up choosing Qualcomm because of its better 4G LTE support, so you should interpret “global” as “non-Korean” here.

The rest of the phone should stay the same, including the 5″ display (4:3 aspect ratio) and the overall design. For the first impressions, you can check our LG Optimus Vu hands-on from Mobile world congress. The phone was already zippy fast, and besides a better score for benchmarks like Antutu, we don’t expect the user experience to change much with the Tegra 3 chip – this is a nice design win for NVIDIA.

The LG Optimus Vu is the direct competitor of the Samsung Galaxy Note. Both cater to the same market with variations of the same type of apps. While the original Galaxy Note was often seen as having an edge in terms of design, the LG Optimus Vu had a user interface that is consistently faster. The thing is: the Galaxy Note 2 is rumored to launch at the end of August at IFA, so this may put a damp on LG’s Optimus VU global launch…

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