Dec 15 AT 9:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 59 Comments

LG announces world’s first and fastest dual-core smartphone, Optimus 2X

LG sure knows how to rain on the Nexus S parade. On the eve of Samsung’s big launch, LG announced the world’s first and fastest dual-core smartphone – the Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 processor.

The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month and coming to more regions like Europe and Asia soon. Today’s press release did not mention any U.S. carriers, but rumors have suggested this phone could appear on T-Mobile and Verizon.

As we expected, the phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Google is releasing the full Gingerbread source code after the Nexus S launch and it will take LG several weeks to upgrade their new phone.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company was excited about the announcement and said, “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. 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.”

NVIDIA already shared with us the benefits of multi-core processors and we weren’t the only ones impressed because Samsung also placed a large order for Tegra 2 processors. It now appears that LG is going to beat their rival Samsung with the first dual-core phone, but Samsung has the initial advantage of Android 2.3.

Images from the press release are broken, but we are working to get them and will update this post when they are available. See previous leaks of the LG Star for an idea of what to expect.

Key specifications of the Optimus 2X include:

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD), 512 MB RAM
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

LG Optimus 2X lg-optimus-2x-front

Show Press Release

LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE
LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience

SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.

“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.

Source: LG

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