Two companies revealed new smartphones powered by Nvidia's new dual-core chip at this year's CES. The first was Motorola with the intriguing Atrix, which comes with a variety of docks for making it into a fully fledged PC, and second was LG with its Optimus 2x.
As well as its super-fast processor, the LG boasts a new type of display that uses ambient light to increase brightness in well lit environments and thus increase battery life.
The phone's styling is simple but effective. A single sheet of glass fills the whole front section and incorporates four touch-sensitive buttons along the bottom for Menu, Home, Back and Search – the standard Android arrangement. Like the Google Nexus S the buttons disappear when the phone's display is turned off, though they don't quite hide themselves as effectively as on Google's device. Nonetheless, the effect makes for a smart and minimalist looking phone when not in use.
It's not the slimmest phone on the market at 10.9mm but is still plenty sleek enough while dimensions of 123.9 x 63.2mm make it a large but again perfectly manageable device. The matte black plastic back looks nice and, thanks to some simply rounded edges, feels nice in the hand. Meanwhile build quality seems solid enough, making this an entirely adequate if not out and out impressive piece of hardware.
Looking round the sides, there's a volume rocker on the left; microUSB socket and microphone and speaker holes on the bottom; and headphone socket, HDMI and power button on the top. All pretty standard fare for these modern phones, though the lack of a shutter button for the camera is a bit of a let down.
On the back is an 8.1-megapixel camera that has autofocus as well as an LED flash. Taking a couple of shots with it, it seemed perfectly adequate though definitely not as good as the Sony Ericsson Experia Arc. HD video is also available though we didn't really get a chance to assess it.
Looking at that NOVA screen technology, it seemed to work quite well (though it was difficult to really assess in the strangely lit environment we were in) providing great contrast with bright whites and very deep blacks, nice saturated colours and good viewing angles. However, there was some confusion as the official documentation we looked at just before shooting our hands-on video stated that the screen was 345 x 800 pixels. In fact, this was a mistake in the company's documentation and it does actually have a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, as found on most alternatives.