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LG Announces Optimus 2X, New Dual-Core Smartphone
LG Electronics announced the Optimus 2X, which it lauds as the first smartphone in the world with a dual-core processor. The phone comes with a 4-inch screen and 8GB of storage, and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 – previously seen only on new Android tablets – which will give it HDMI mirroring and 1080p HD video playback abilities. The Optimus 2X also packs a microSD card slot, a microUSB port, 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will come with Android 2.2 (with a planned upgrade to 2.3). Planned availability in Korea in January, later in Europe and Asia.
In the high-tech rumor mill, HTC supposedly has its own dual-core smartphone, running on a new Qualcomm processor, called the HTC Glacier.
“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.
- 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>/div>