Dec 11 AT 3:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Engadget fondles the dual-core LG Star

We’ve already seen pictures and video of the upcoming LG Star, but Engadget now has a full preview of the dual-core phone thanks to a very generous tipster (*cough* controlled leak). Most of the specs have been revealed at this point, so Vlad Savov spent most of his time running benchmarks to see how the Tegra 2 processor performed.

Overall the benchmark scores are fairly impressive, but you have to remember this is a prototype unit that is running a non-final firmware. As someone who’s run a ton of Android benchmarks, I can say that most are basically pointless, but it’s still nice to see how the LG Star matches up. Some of our readers have been worried about the GeForce GPU found inside the Tegra 2, but I can confidently say it will crush the current competition (PowerVR SGX540).

The test unit provided to Engadget is running Android 2.2.1 and they think it will ship with Android 2.3, but I wouldn’t be so sure of that yet. Google has yet to release the source code for Gingerbread, so if this is phone is launching in January like was rumored then there is simply not enough time to get it working. Either this phone gets delayed till March so LG can update it to Android 2.3, or it will ship soon with Android 2.2

Engadget thinks the LG Star will be “one of next year’s highlight devices” and I tend to agree with them. Many were disappointed by the unicore Nexus S, but I have a strong feeling that Tegra 2 phones will impress the masses with their enhanced performance and premium games.

What do you think about LG’s first high-end Android phone?

Source: Engadget

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  • LukeT32

    Hmmmm…. looks like a promising launch phone for dual cores. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    • http://Website jdog25

      Now lets see if they can include the newest version of Android on launch day , Google said they can and it is very easy to do so.

    • http://Website Marc

      I have been becoming more and more curious about what the barrier for these mobile devices is. What do you do with a dual core device that you can’t do with a fairly decent other device? The small screen and form factor in general make the utility of handsets quite limited to only a few uses. Additionally, it’s not like the Android marketplace has really been all that satisfying when it comes to thorough, in depth, complex apps.

      Seriously, what other uses do mobile phone/smart phones have that haven’t been already developed. I understand that someone is probably going to develop some sort of app or idea that will make an impact, but once all the apps have been developed, what more do you do with a phone?

      • http://nextparadigms.com Lucian Armasu

        For better or for worse, a dual core will double the rendering speed of web pages, which is still much slower than on a PC, where it’s basically instant, and it might even improve battery life but we’ll see about that.

  • http://Website helebek

    Well, it is a known fact that Google releases the source code to hardware manufacturers before they release it to public. So it is possible that they have the gingy code. And I believe the source code will come very soon after the Nexus S starts selling on Dec. 16th.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I don’t think that is entirely true. Select hardware partners might have early access, but generally most of them get it the same time as the mass public does.

  • http://Website Ben

    I am enthused about the Tegra 2 also, but…

    Just as with notebook, computer, or automobile, there is so much more to the user-experience of a mobile device than its raw performance. In the case of a mobile: the screen quality, smoothness of the UI, touch sensor responsiveness, feature set, camera performance, weight, thickness, size, build-quality, wired interface, wireless radio performance, carrier, expandability, peripheral support, and battery life all matter a great deal as well.

    A truly great device will score very high on all of these points. Depending on what you as an individual prioritize, your scoring of what makes a device desirable will likely vary from others.

    I suspect a lot of people like the idea of high benchmark scores, though I suspect just as many would forgo a few points of performance for a more rounded experience.

    This is not a commentary on the LG Star, just general musings.

  • http://Website Mundano

    3D benchmarks seem a bit disappointing.. A Samsung Galaxy S scores 50 FPS on Nenamark..

  • http://emuneee.com Evan

    LG is a member of the open handset alliance. Do members get early access to the source to the next version of Android? If so maybe they will have Gingerbread ready by launch. Sony Ericsson already has access to it for its PSP phone project.

  • Aakash

    it will be interesting to see Nexus S (2.3) running the same benchmarks and how much does it lag behind (if it does)!

  • http://www.typhon4android.org/ Mike Leahy

    I handled one for 30 mins ~2 weeks ago and made this little vid..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xUwGXEJKMA

    It’s nothing special cause I copied over Auriga3D from my Nexus One with an old build of things and the key controls were not setup for LG Star (volume up/down to move forward/backward) in lieu of on screen controls (old build and all). The vid shows Auriga3D, a Quake 3 class engine, from a spawn point and some panning. Curved surfaces are turned off and things fly.

    I plan to make another vid next week with a proper camera, in focus, and more detailed 3D game play.

  • http://Website Mike

    Will the Star possibly come to AT&T?