LG recently announced the world’s first dual-core phone, the Optimus 2X, but their press release made no mention of any availability in the United States. Back when we were still referring to the handset as the LG Star, one of our reliable sources told us the phone was headed to T-Mobile. Now another report from RCR Wireless is telling a similar story.
Sylvie Barak of RCR Wireless said “We have it on rather good authority that the US carrier for the phone will be T-Mobile” and we should expect a target release date of early March.
New information from one of our trusted sources suggest that T-Mobile will upgrade this phone to Android 2.3 by launch and that is the reason for the March release date. Other dual-core phones might be released by February (like the rumored timeframe for Motorola’s Tegra 2 phones), but T-Mobile could be the first carrier to offer Android 2.3 out of the box.
If T-Mobile is going to announce the Optimus 2X soon, then it could happen in a couple of weeks at CES. They have a media event scheduled on January 6th and we know they will want to announce some new products that show off their 4G network. Given that the phone could launch in March, we might also see T-Mobile hold this LG device till CTIA, which starts on March 22nd.
Overall it looks like LG is putting together a solid high-end Android phone. It packs in all the latest hardware (dual-core Tegra 2 processor with GeForce GPU, 1080p decode/encode, HDMI out with full mirroring, front-facing camera) with the latest software so it’s hard to complain.
How do you think LG’s first superphone is shaping up so far? Are they missing any key features that are deal-breakers? Could this be your next phone is it comes to your carrier?