LG Announces Optimus 2X Smartphone With Tegra 2 And Froyo

LG has a new smartphone, and it's actually one of the most powerful smartphones to debut in 2010. It's called the Optimus 2X, and it's the company's first dual-core phone. In fact, it's the world's first dual-core smartphone to be announced for public consumption. The phone uses a high-end Tegra 2 platform that is mostly reserved for tablets, but with phones grabbing bigger and bigger screens, it only makes sense to spread the love around a little.

The processor is expected to make this phone capable of blasting through benchmarks, and it should be masterful at gaming. It also has an HDMI output, 1080p HD video playback and recording, an accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a 1500mAh battery.  The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but a time table for that is not given. The 4" smartphone arena is really heating up, and until someone else ships one with Tegra 2 inside, this remains the unit to beat.

LG LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE
LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience

SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 -- LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world's first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X's high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.

"Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG's commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011."

Developed by graphics processor powerhouse NVIDIA?, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.

The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone's HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.

Key specifications:

- 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
- 4-inch WVGA screen
- 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
- 1,500 mAh battery
- 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
- HDMI mirroring
- 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording
Via:  LG
Comments
dodgers2213 3 years ago

Caught on Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FE4qLLXj68

rapid1 3 years ago

This is the phone I was talking about from LG, who supposedly also has another one with the same processor. The "B" model also has extended capabilities above this one if they are to be believed. With this as a precursor device to the CES conference the only reason I would think for this to be introduced early would be to beat competition to the punch. So I will be looking for smart devices particularly of the phone variance to be all over CES, and hope I am right. I did not upgrade on Verizon when I decided to drop Sprint because I knew it was not worth the two months until new unit's would be released, and therefore drop prices on there top of the line (now being a Droid X), but it will also add those choices as well. Let us hope I am correct. From what there saying Verizon will also get the iPhone, but I don't really want an iPhone anyway, and that will most likely not be announced till June/July anyway!

infinityzen1 3 years ago

Hey rapid, there are hoards of dual core phones that have been leaked in the last couple of months. So I'm pretty sure your right that the next 2~3 months will see dual core phones with far more powerful graphics begin leaking out like crazy.

One thing I'm really interested in is Android 3. Even the new 2.3 does not naively support higher than 854x480 resolution. OEMs can hack it to get higher resolution for tablets, but it is a hack. A3 will have native support of higher resolutions along with most (all?) of the interface being GPU accelerated. Look at how much smoother 2.3 is with only a few things GPU accelerated in the interface.

So, phones I think your best bet is to wait till March~May next year unless you got a dog. Tablets I think your best bet is to wait till the ones native built for A3 come out.

rapid1 3 years ago

Just grab a nexus 2 and you can get any version of the os they drop. The real problem for me is I am using an Env2 phone now on Verizon. First I was going to wait to see what hit in may-July of last year, then I was going to get an EVO, but I heard about the Epic so I waited for that, then after I got it Sprint has no service in my house at all, where we only use cell phones. Following me figuring out Sprint had no service in my house I took the Epic back, and got my money, at that time I turned my ENV2 back on to wait for CES. I don't want a tablet anyway I want a GOOD smart phone. Plus my ENV2 is kind of not at it's best any more I have had it for years. So the decision is kind of hard, not to mention in my area I have been able to get Verizon LTE for a little bit now. I personally don't really care much about 4G because I will do my downloads one my wireless N network at home. My mobile net usage will be mainly for maintaining and maybe a little email. So the speed is not a major factor for me on this smart phone as 3G will probably be enough. Having 4G available though also takes some of the load off of the network as most of the hard core mobile users will be 4G pretty quickly. SO they will be hoggin that part of the network. I would not kick it if the phone had both, but it is not a necessity.

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