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 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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  • http://Website thepwneddroid

    Wow, one year ago we were still dreaming about 1 Ghz phone like the Desire and Nexus One, and we doubled the speed in a year!

    • http://Website protozeloz

      now we shall expect that to be doubled again :’D

      • http://Website Nate

        Now I’m expecting a quad-core by next year.

        • masterpfa

          I think mobile phone processors will stay at dual core for a very long time, quad core may make their way onto Tablets but IMHO not mobile phones.
          If I am proved wrong, yu bet I will be at the front of the queue

          • http://Website ACR

            Maybe a Tri-core.

  • Alex Carlson

    Taylor, Do you think this will support hspa+ for tmobile? because thats what is holding me back from the nexus s.

  • Droids Talks

    Sweet I can wait till it get out!

    • http://Website Droids Talks

      Sorry for the spelling! Kind of sick today T.T

  • http://Website DroidCLH


  • http://Website Andrew


    Also do they run GSM in korea? Reckon we can nab one off ebay and bring it in?

    • http://Website Andrew

      Official presser says Gyro.. so that answers that :p

  • http://Website Gee

    The burning question: how’s the batterylife? Everyone likes to say that it improves battery life but dual core atoms definitely didn’t improve battery life in netbooks – they nearly half’d thebattery life.

    • http://Website DroidCLH

      that’s because the architecture they used was awful.

    • daveloft

      It’s not necessarily bad architecture that’s the problem. It’s just that Windows 7 is far to processor intensive to let the chip rest for a second. Windows is built for the fastest CPU’s and is just not designed to work well on low end chips.

      The reason a dual core might help on Android is because it’s a mobile OS built with efficiency and low processing power in mind. Give it a super fast dual core and you will have the 2 cores waiting for stuff to do. This means that they can lower the clock and voltage of both cores when not much is going on. Then when there is something to do it does it super fast and gets back to sleep sooner.

  • http://Website Bill Nye

    Great news, but can’t really be excited at all since it appears this phone won’t be reaching the US anytime soon.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I think they are saving U.S. announcements for next month at CES.

    • Zach


      Plus, I have to put up with AT&T, so I need to get the Olympus anyway.

      However, hopefully, this official release pushes Motorola to really get serious with their Olympus and push it out as fast as they can!

      I just hate skins. I’ll flash real 2.3 all over these dual-cores.

  • nathan118

    This run stock, or LG have their own crappy interface?

    • http://Website DroidCLH

      crappy interface based off of the crappy interface on the galaxy S phones which is based of the crappy ui of the iPhone

    • http://Website Dragos

      Surely this phone will get much attention from the hacking community, and with the Gingerbread sourcecode being released, I bet you’ll be able to run custom vanilla 2.3, then hineycomb, etc. not long after the Nexus S and hopefully with better performance.

  • http://Website 2C

    Please let this be compatible with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ & run stock gingerbread.

  • http://Website anthony

    Looks like an I phone be original please

    • http://Website qlimax

      You looks like my asshole, please be original …

    • http://Website qlimax

      sorry, you LOOK like my stinky asshole

    • http://Website dreamdirepriest

      I don’t know if Anthony is an apple/SJ fanboi but either way I regret and hate to say that I kinda agree with Anthony about this particular form factor. I mean on the outside looks like if you have to come up with a sexy/groovy design that is mostly black with some silvery/metallic combination there is only the iphone like form factor. But, I guess these companies think that is the case for enticing that sexy feeling from the mass for their products (and to get the peeps who just want iphone or something like an iphone and dont care which is a better platform and advanced technology….read android). But, I disagree and they should move away from that and come with more original looks and forms.

      And since android is a free country you do have that (but limited in some of the popular lines that are and about to be popular: galaxy S, the above one, etc). Infact, nexus one is a very sleek, attractive and groovy design. I kinda love the feel of it and the look. Imagine nexus one in black (sigh, nice). G1, I had, had a great feel in holding it. It felt solid and who cannot like the green and red and white colored buttons and the sexy/functional keyboard.

  • http://Website Daniel

    I really hope these company start putting some real R&D into battery design soon… As it stands, I only get 7-10 hours of moderate to heavy use out of my smartphone (G2), which is about average with all smartphones out there. I love the idea of a Tegra 2 phone, but what is this going to do to battery live? I would really like to see some R&D in the battery department and get these smartphones up to 24-36 hours of moderate/heavy use on a charge.

  • http://Website Roger

    Dear androidandme, regarding your twitter post that you want this on tmobile.
    Tmobile gets soon many phones, so why should they get the new optimus? I mean cmon, nexus s, mytouch4g, g2… Sprint hasn’t gotten anything since august. So I think sprint should get it. Just my 2cents..

    • http://Website dagamer34

      Sprint is getting their new 3.7″ HTC Evo Shift 4G with a QWERTY keyboard soon. And I’m sure CES will have plenty of news for the upcoming year.

    • IHTCEvo

      I agree but maybe sprint is hiding the HTC Evo two with two processors that top even orion in graphics and speed. But who knows…..

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        Man dont even worry, sprint def has something to again put them on top of the game with a phone release. Just imagine a dual core, 1.5 gz beastly device to take over where the EVO left off. In a few weeks you will start to hear the talk about it, just like last year this time people were hearing about the supersonic……..believe me, once its out you wont even remember this phone.

    • http://Website B

      Umm its about time T-Mobile started getting high end phones sooner than 7 months apart. Sprint has 1 small period of “downtime” and now its foul?

  • uzunoff

    I will be getting that phone when it comes out. sorry nexus s. I love the nexus one but the sequal is just not up to par.

  • IHTCEvo

    I wonder what apple and RIM are doing because the iphone looks like a dino already and the blackberry torch always was a dinosaur so they’re gonna be left in the dust. RIM should just give up and Apple should suck **** because when they come out with dual core there gonna say it’s the first and FASTEST. I can already see steve jobs saying we are leading the industry by offering you two cores.

  • http://Website Miguel

    Ia that an SLCD screen? And the phone housing looks metal.

  • Zacqary Adam Green

    Europe is a country?

    • http://Website Owain

      So is Asia. :-)

      • http://Website louis

        So is Alaska

  • jhkim

    I bought Optimus Qwerty just few months ago and LG showed up with this.

  • http://Website Adam

    When it says 1Ghz Dual Core, does that mean it has two 1Ghz Procesors making overall 2Ghz speed or is it two processors making 1Ghz in total? Thanks

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      2 Ghz

    • http://Website Manny

      it has two 1ghz processors in it

      • SGB101

        i bet it will turn out to be a single 1GHz core with hyper threading

  • http://Website Eero

    What gpu

    • http://Website Tec

      “NVIDIA Tegra 2 includes a dedicated ULP GeForce GPU which enables it to offload
      most of the Flash processing work from the CPU to the GPU. This further improves the
      flash performance, and simultaneously reduces the workload on the two CPU cores.
      More details will be available in a whitepaper that discusses the ULP GeForce GPU
      architecture in Tegra 2″ from the whitepaper of nvidia :-)

  • http://Website Eero

    Ok i heard that it can push only 90 million polygon same what old sgx540

  • masterpfa

    The rumours are rumours no more, we have now in our presence Dual Cores for Mobile Phones. Like many others BEFORE it’s details had been released, was waiting on the rumoured Nexus S with Dual core, that sadly didn’t materalise ( I still believe that Samsung were aiming for dual core but couldn’t deliver in the required time frame).
    Now we can only hope that Devs can develop apps that will utilise the 2 cores (if present on your phone) for apps being developed and even better 3D games.
    The future is looking bright, roll on 2011

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I’m excited cause it is reality now. Me personally won’t be getting this phone web if it did come to the US. Im just being picky about the OS & design of the phone. Of course there will be more dual monsters so I’ll be patiently waiting. Still this phone should do well and it’s awesome to see. Good for LG.

  • http://Website soul lover

    Thank you apple for the iPhone

    you made this all

    you force the smartphone industry rush up

    We as costumers watch and take what’s suitable for us

  • Greg Bulmash

    And those of us on Sprint are left waiting until Samsung announces its next “wow, look at all of these features – perhaps they’ll make us forget all of the glitches” phone.

    The dual core Motorola “Terminator” that’s supposed to debut at CES next month has me slobbering, but I doubt I’ll be able to afford the Sprint ETF fee plus the higher-priced plans at whatever other carrier gets it.

  • californiakidd1

    Does a 1ghz dual core processor actually run at 2ghz speeds? Or does it just run at a smoother 1ghz??

    • http://Website Daniel

      It still runs at 1ghz speed, but it can transfer more information at that same speed.

      think of it this way: You have two corvettes, each capable of doing 160mph. Because you have two of them doesn’t mean you can now do 320mph, but you CAN delivery more people to your destination simultaneously instead of making two trips.

      • http://Website Shanikwa Jenkins

        Umm you got my panties in a bunch with that horrible example gurl.

        Ok, imagine dual core as having multiple lanes on the highway. Traffic flows much easier when you open multiple lanes.

        Ummm sweet potato pie here I come.

        • http://Website Daniel

          Ok, while I must admit your example of explaining a dual core vs single core (in general) was better than my example, My example was still better at addressing the posters actual question, which was explaining why a 1ghz dual core does not run at 2ghz speed.

          • californiakidd1

            Ohhh, Haha. Thank you for the examples. They both made perfect sense to me! Thanks :)

  • http://Website jay

    another iphone clone only this ones battery will last about uhmm, a quater of a day, if that!.

  • http://Website andrew

    Hey does anyone know whats the amount of RAM and ROM

  • http://Website Jeremy

    Nice phone, thanks for the news… but I wonder how long till we can actually buy one?

  • http://Website tig

    512mb of RAM??…. boo!