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LG Optimus 2X Lands With Dual Core Power

David Gilbert


LG Optimus 2X Lands With Dual Core Power

We thought the Nexus S would be first to the market with dual core processing power. While the Google phone disappointed in that respect, we haven't had long to wait as LG has now announced the Optimus 2X, which as you might guess from the name boasts a dual core Tegra 2 processor.

Last month we saw some pictures of this phone, then named the LG Star, and rumours of dual core power. LG today confirmed those rumours by unveiling the Optimus 2X, which will be available in its home territory of South Korea next month before then rolling out to countries in Europe and Asia. Pricing hasn’t been announced but we do know the Optimus 2X will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box, but the LG press release added it “will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.”

Regarding the specs, the Optimus 2X will have the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor running at 1Ghz which LG claims will mean “faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.” The Optimus 2X has a 4in WVGA screen, 8GB of memory (expandable to 32GB via a microSD slot), a micro USB port and a 1,500 mAh battery. The high-end smartphone will also boast an 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera allowing for face-to-face calling.

LG will let users see the power of the dual core processor with 1080p HD video playback via a HDMI-out slot and 1080p recording with the 8 megapixel camera. The 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA-compatible digital device such as HD TVs to taking full advantage of the phone's HDMI mirroring, accelerometer and gyro sensor.

No doubt we will be seeing many more dual core phones in the coming months but we're already looking forward to getting our hands on the Optimus 2X to see just what that power can do.


December 16, 2010, 3:32 pm

Kinda makes it hard to jump on the bandwagon atm, was gonna get a desire hd, then all the nexus s rumors came along, and now this.

Id end up kicking myself if Id bought the HD to find it's already yesterdays news now dual core will probably crap all over it. Dual core desire hd2 anyone?


December 16, 2010, 4:15 pm

@ dlano Unless you must have a phone right now I think it would madness not to wait till at least CES next year. MWC is only 2 months away as well and we can expect to see some really great new high-end devices.

In saying that for the first time in a few years I don't seem that excited about MWC. Maybe all that will change in the new year.

dan pugh

December 16, 2010, 4:26 pm

been waiting for tegra2 power, roll on motorola olympus and tegra 2 laptops with pixex qi screens!


December 16, 2010, 4:40 pm

Desire HD is nice, but its just a large Desire, no increase in actual resolution or processing power!

So I would most certianly wait...or get something like the Orange San Francisco, same res 800x480, slightly less power, all the sensors, but with a decent community (blade.modaco.com). And just ~120 for a payg-sim free handset.

Hamish Campbell

December 16, 2010, 5:09 pm

Problem with waiting til CES is, don't they show things that WILL be on the market SHORTLY. So you end up waiting even more.

Oh and what about some love for those of us who would like 3.2-3.5 inch screens? Seems 4 and above is all the rage now.

Still, hoping that a few dual core phones will drop the price of the single cores so i can replace my broken HTC Legend.


December 16, 2010, 5:19 pm

@cjb110 Desire HD is nice, but its just a large Desire, no increase in actual resolution or processing power!

It has a much better GPU than the desire so it will play games much better.

Matt G Baish

December 16, 2010, 5:36 pm

@cjb110 the Desire HD also has an updated (i.e. quicker/slicker) version of HTC Sense


December 16, 2010, 6:13 pm

I think it's worth waiting for CES so you at least "know" what's coming and can decide whether you feel it's worth waiting. Also hopefully by early Jan some mobiles will have updates to Gingerbread (or at least have a date) which will help in deciding as well.


December 16, 2010, 6:49 pm

The phone you buy in the shops will always be outdated to some extent. In the sense that the manufacturer will already be working on it's predecessor.

However, I also miss some 3.5" or 3.7" love. But I guess what the Android manufacturers realise is, that if you want a phone with that screen size you will most likely get an iPhone anyway, so why bother.


December 16, 2010, 6:52 pm

Hmm 1080p video recording on a phone? With the size of the camera sensor that just seems like overkill, I wonder if it will be much of an improvement over 720p?

Dual core just seems a bit pointless tho, with a single core 1Ghz processor 1080p playback is already possible, and they run pretty snappy already! The only reason I could see for Android phones to go dualcore is if they bring out apps that need that extra power, for example a dedicated app for video editing (please god!!) or some other processor intensive app, otherwise the dual core wont really be used to its full extent and may just burn up battery life.....


December 16, 2010, 7:44 pm

I can see a fair few uses for dual core phones PROVIDED that the software supports it properly. Just as a f'instance here, one core handles the background tasks like the phone app, SMS etc while the other handles whatever's in the foreground. Probably a net gain in terms of real world performance and in theory you can run both cores at a lower clock and save on power as well. Then there's the added performance benefits to a properly multi-threaded application to consider.

The problem with that is the underlying OS has to both handle multi-threading properly and also make it easy to get at that functionality for developers. As far as I'm aware iOS is actually pretty good at that despite only having a single core (hmmmmm..... suspicious that, no?) whereas Android sorta, well, isn't. That said I'm not an active developer at this point and haven't been in a while so if anyone knows better please correct.


December 16, 2010, 8:27 pm

Once upon a time this would have got my blood flowing but now I really couldn't care less.

My Desire is plenty fast enough for what it needs to do. I've never had issues with lag and never once wished for increaed speed. To me dual core just reads as less battery life.

It really feels like phones are reaching a point where they're just adding functions to sell something new.

If anything after having my Touch for a few months and testing out WP7 I'm really appreciating the advantages of a decent GPU for graphics accelleration. It more than makes up for not having a second core.


December 16, 2010, 9:20 pm

@rav Agreed. All my interest now is in the GPU, that is what perks my interest. Well that and a decent camera. Would be great if I could ditch a my digital camera, which even though is pretty much a point and shoot it is still way better than any phone camera I have tried. I guess the biggest limitation is no optical zoom.

Which bring me to the camera on this LG, 1080p recording? really? Seems like a gimmick.

Still, I would like to see hardware like this with stock Android, oh and with Nexus in name ;p


December 17, 2010, 1:33 am

I understand from a number of articles that dual core processors should bring an increase rather than a decrease to mobile battery life.


December 17, 2010, 8:28 pm

@jesper - "The phone you buy in the shops will always be outdated to some extent. In the sense that the manufacturer will already be working on it's predecessor."

I think you really mean successor or replacement....

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