LG Electronics announced today that it will ship the world’s first dual-core CPU Android smartphones in Q4 2010, which will be part of the company’s Optimus Series of devices. We previously reported that LG and NVIDIA were teaming up on several devices, but this is the first official confirmation that we should expect an actual Tegra 2 smartphone in stores this year.
The NVIDIA Tegra 2 smartphone processor (AP20) offers a number of “mobile firsts” including the first mobile dual-core CPU, the first ultra low-power GeForce GPU, and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Each CPU core will be clocked at 1 GHz and LG claims consumers should expect up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance (over single core CPUs running at 1 GHz).
NVIDIA and LG are also saying that the Tegra 2 will deliver “console-quality gaming” but we have yet to see the elite developers like id Software and Epic Games fully support the Android platform like they have done with Apple. Hopefully NVIDIA has been working with some of these devs behind the scenes and we will have some flagship Android games available to show off the full power of the Tegra 2 GeForce GPU.
Chang Ma, VP of Marketing for LG, thinks the Optimus Series will take the lead when it comes to speed and graphics. He said, “LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance. We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”
Possible U.S. carriers for the first dual-core smartphone include T-Mobile and Verizon. The leaked T-Mobile roadmap indicated two LG devices coming in late November. Verizon is another option because they are the only U.S. carrier who has launched an Android phone from LG (the Ally) and the LG enV Touch 2 is rumored to appear this holiday season.
LG doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the Android ecosystem, but a high-end Tegra 2 phone could finally put them on the map. However, like we saw with the Toshiba Folio tablet, a high-end processor does not guarantee a win.
What are your expectation for a dual-core phone? Is the inclusion of a Tegra 2 processor enough to make you upgrade? Which other features do you hope LG incorporate in a high-end Android phone?Show Press Release
LG DEVELOPS POWERFUL SMARTPHONES WITH NVIDIA TEGRA 2 PROCESSOR
LG First to Announce Smartphone with Dual-Core CPU based on NVIDIA Tegra, the World’s Most Advanced Mobile Processor
SEOUL, Sept. 7, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 utilizing the second generation NVIDIA® Tegraâ„¢ mobile processor, Tegra 2. Tegra 2 includes the world’s first dual-core CPU, which powers through complex tasks to achieve significant leaps in performance.
LG will integrate Tegra 2 into its smartphones, providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability. These smartphones will be part of LG’s Optimus Series, a new line of innovative mobile products.
LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.
“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, Vice President of Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile Communications Company. “We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”
“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivaled, turbocharged media experience.”
LG’s Optimus Series smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will debut starting in the fourth quarter of the year.