Feb 13 AT 10:23 AM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

LG Optimus 3D first Android phone to feature dual-core OMAP4 processor

LG leaked all their big announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress so there were no surprise products, but we are just now learning more about the internal hardware for some of their new devices. The LG Optimus 3D was rumored to include a dual-core processor and LG´s press release confirms it is a OMAP4 from Texas Instruments.

Even though the specific CPU model is not listed, we can tell you this is the dual-core OMAP4430 based on the 1 GHz clock speeds. We thought this part would be competitive with NVIDIA´s Tegra 2, but TI goes as far as to say it offers ¨double the graphics performance of its nearest competitor¨ and it has ¨four times more video decoders that competing designs.¨

The OMAP4430 uses a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, similar to the one inside Samsung´s Galaxy S, but we here this version might be clocked a little faster. We have a meeting with TI later in the week, so we will be sure to get all the latest details on their GPU and how it stacks up with the competition.

Check back later for the full hands-on report.

From LG:  The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

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LG UNVEILS PREMIUM LINE-UP AT MWC 2011 Making a Return to the Largest Mobile Event With a Rich Collection of Mobile Devices
Barcelona, Feb. 13, 2011 — LG Electronics (LG) returns to Barcelona this year to introduce two new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress: the LG Optimus 3D, a stunning super-smartphone with unparalleled 3D performance, and the LG Optimus Pad, a true Android tablet optimized with Honeycomb OS designed to offer the full viewing experience of a tablet while still being easy to hold with one hand.

“I`m confident that this year, LG will emerge as a leader in the next generation of smartphone and tablet devices,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “What you see here today is just the beginning — we will continue to innovate with products that address consumer needs and deliver benefits that live up to our `Life`s Good` commitment.”

Aiming to aggressively take a leadership position in the smartphone market in 2011, LG has been earnestly bolstering its premium smartphone line-up, evident by its strong showing at CES last month. There, the company introduced the world`s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), one of the world`s slimmest and brightest smartphones (LG Optimus Black) and the company`s first phone compatible with 4G LTE networks (LG Revolution(TM)). LG products debuting at MWC 2011 build upon this spirit of innovation. Key devices include:

LG Optimus 3D
The LG Optimus 3D packs exceptional features with performance in mind, including an advanced dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture. Equipped with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and four times more video decoders than competing designs, the LG Optimus 3D doubles the graphics performance of its nearest competitor allowing users to enjoy superb performance while web surfing, running applications and enjoying multimedia content. In addition, the LG Optimus 3D provides the world`s first full 3D experience covering the full spectrum from recording to viewing and sharing 3D content. It features a dual-lens camera that enables users to capture any moment in true 3D which can then be viewed immediately on the 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free display. Multiple connectivity options including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) also make it easy for users to transfer their recorded content to other devices.

LG Optimus Pad
The LG Optimus Pad sets a new standard for tablets by utilizing an 8.9-inch display in a form factor that`s comfortable to use one-handed. With a 15:9 aspect ratio and Full HD 1080p decoding, the LG Optimus Pad offers users an immersive multimedia environment on a 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution widescreen display. The new device sports Honeycomb, Google`s latest platform optimized for tablet devices with an optimized and intuitive PC-like interface for running tablet software. LG`s tablet runs on a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor for unmatched performance and power management. In addition, the LG Optimus Pad is the world`s first tablet with a built-in 3D camera, enabling users to capture vivid image and video content to be viewed on a high definition 3D TV or shared on the web via YouTube 3D.

LG Optimus 2X
The world`s first smartphone with a dual-core processor, the LG Optimus 2X was developed in partnership with 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. Not only does the LG Optimus 2X mean more powerful multimedia features, the Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and multitasks with virtually no screen lag. 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-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.

LG Optimus Black
One of the world`s slimmest and lightest Android smartphones, LG Optimus Black is already a hit, having recorded more than two million pre-orders in 20 countries since its introduction at CES. At MWC, a range of special-edition LG Optimus Black handsets will be unveiled featuring designs courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation. Besides its incredibly slim body, the LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display for optimal brightness and readability under any lighting conditions. The crystal-clear display also provides a more natural web browsing experience by displaying truer whites while simultaneously cutting energy consumption by 50 percent compared to conventional LCDs. In addition, the LG Optimus Black includes a collection of smart features designed to improve the user experience, such as Gesture UI, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2MP front-facing camera.

For more information, visit the LG stand at 8B178 in Hall 8, Fira de Barcelona or go to the online newsroom atwww.lgnewsroom.com/MWC2011.

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  • http://Website Richard

    This is looking pretty good…If I say so myself….Time for HTC TO SERIOUSLY STEP UP THERE GAME HERE AT MWC…..OR CTIA IN MARCH…..Us current EVO 4G customers are WAITING ON THE HTC EVO 2 4G….It better be announced either here or at CTIA in march 2011…..And SPRINT better STEP THERE GAME UP TOO..TMOBILE IS BLOWING UP WITH THERE HTC DEVICES…

    • http://Website Paul Atreides

      I agree with you but your text throws my eyeballs in a frenzy everytime lol

  • http://Website Andy

    I’ll wait another year for quad-core processors, as this tablet will be outdated in no time

    • http://Website Hank

      And quad core cpus will be outdated a year from then.

  • http://Website jr.

    Does anyone know what carriers the optimistic 3D might come out for?

    • http://Website Spencer

      My guess: verizon

  • http://Website Erfs

    hmm, what ever happened to that huge 1 quarter lead tegra2 was supposed to have that you were taking about before, Taylor? At this rate tegra2 won’t have any lead whatsoever…

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    LG uses the most bezel for the bottom lol Still this is looking good. When is it going live? Any streams or blogs?

  • Rubrewskey

    Have you heard anything on if and when any U.S. carriers will pick up the Optimus 2X Taylor?

  • http://Website Stego

    The bottom two left phones have Verizon logos!

  • http://Website Marc

    Guess LG is running short on models?

  • http://Website Goldni007

    Erfs, I was thinking the same thing. Has the first Tegra2 device even dropped yet? Maybe within mid to late February they will. This imo, is not a huge headstart like some fanboys were stating it would be when Tegra2 was going to be in mobile devices back in 4th Qrt 2010.

    It’s already well into the 1st Qtr 2011 and TI, HTC and Sammy will drop dualcore devices within weeks. Most likely in that order.

    • http://Website Erfs

      Iff you don’t count tablets, then I believe Atrix is the first T2 phone out the gate in the US. Looks like we had another case of the massive nvidia hype machine… The tablets that have come out were sold in outlets such as sears and had less than stellar reviews. However, the T2 impressions on smart phones have thus far been good, with app loading time noticeably lower. I believe that will be true of any dual core though.

  • http://Website Anonymous

    Seems each model is holding 2 of the exact same phone. So, it appears that there are 3 different types of Phones LG is planning to release soon.

    It would be awesome if LG would have 2 versions of each of these phones…
    1 with a keyboard and 1 without. Or at least have a USB plug in keyboard built into a sliding case.

    Not nitpicking, but doesn’t the top models phone look similar to the Vibrant (but with nicer specs)?

  • http://www.mobilerealityking.com Mobile Reality Kings

    PLEASE let this come out on Tmobile.. come on Tmob, you need a good phone!

  • http://Website joe

    HTC needs to get a move on with a dual core . The LG looks very promising and if HTC dose not give me a reason to wait am going with LG .

  • http://Website B3t0

    Which company is going to get this phone

  • http://Website MeandI

    LG Optimus 3D = HTC EVO + Samsung Galaxy.

    How original, good job LG, I’m proud of you.

    User interface is a mix between samsung galaxy’s icons arrangement & appearance with HTC EVO’s 4.3 inch display, their famous weather/flip clock on home screen, and if you pinch you can rearrange the 7 menus however you’d like, animation and application exactly like the HTC sense. I’m sure there are so much more, but those are the first impressions I got looking at this new phone for 3 minutes.

    And yet, they still fail because it only runs on 1GHz processor while the HTC EVO 3D will be coming out with a 1.2 GHz processor. I’m sorry, but nice try LG. I will wait until HTC EVO 3D comes out.

  1. RichardGuest 4 years ago

    This is looking pretty good…If I say so myself….Time for HTC TO SERIOUSLY STEP UP THERE GAME HERE AT MWC…..OR CTIA IN MARCH…..Us current EVO 4G customers are WAITING ON THE HTC EVO 2 4G….It better be announced either here or at CTIA in march 2011…..And SPRINT better STEP THERE GAME UP TOO..TMOBILE IS BLOWING UP WITH THERE HTC DEVICES…

    • Paul AtreidesGuest 4 years ago

      I agree with you but your text throws my eyeballs in a frenzy everytime lol

  2. AndyGuest 4 years ago

    I’ll wait another year for quad-core processors, as this tablet will be outdated in no time

    • HankGuest 4 years ago

      And quad core cpus will be outdated a year from then.

  3. jr.Guest 4 years ago

    Does anyone know what carriers the optimistic 3D might come out for?

  4. ErfsGuest 4 years ago

    hmm, what ever happened to that huge 1 quarter lead tegra2 was supposed to have that you were taking about before, Taylor? At this rate tegra2 won’t have any lead whatsoever…

  5. UniqueNateGuest 4 years ago

    LG uses the most bezel for the bottom lol Still this is looking good. When is it going live? Any streams or blogs?

  6. Have you heard anything on if and when any U.S. carriers will pick up the Optimus 2X Taylor?

  7. StegoGuest 4 years ago

    The bottom two left phones have Verizon logos!

  8. MarcGuest 4 years ago

    Guess LG is running short on models?

  9. Goldni007Guest 4 years ago

    Erfs, I was thinking the same thing. Has the first Tegra2 device even dropped yet? Maybe within mid to late February they will. This imo, is not a huge headstart like some fanboys were stating it would be when Tegra2 was going to be in mobile devices back in 4th Qrt 2010.

    It’s already well into the 1st Qtr 2011 and TI, HTC and Sammy will drop dualcore devices within weeks. Most likely in that order.

    • ErfsGuest 4 years ago

      Iff you don’t count tablets, then I believe Atrix is the first T2 phone out the gate in the US. Looks like we had another case of the massive nvidia hype machine… The tablets that have come out were sold in outlets such as sears and had less than stellar reviews. However, the T2 impressions on smart phones have thus far been good, with app loading time noticeably lower. I believe that will be true of any dual core though.

  10. AnonymousGuest 4 years ago

    Seems each model is holding 2 of the exact same phone. So, it appears that there are 3 different types of Phones LG is planning to release soon.

    It would be awesome if LG would have 2 versions of each of these phones…
    1 with a keyboard and 1 without. Or at least have a USB plug in keyboard built into a sliding case.

    Not nitpicking, but doesn’t the top models phone look similar to the Vibrant (but with nicer specs)?

  11. Mobile Reality KingsGuest 4 years ago

    PLEASE let this come out on Tmobile.. come on Tmob, you need a good phone!

  12. joeGuest 4 years ago

    HTC needs to get a move on with a dual core . The LG looks very promising and if HTC dose not give me a reason to wait am going with LG .

  13. B3t0Guest 4 years ago

    Which company is going to get this phone

  14. MeandIGuest 4 years ago

    LG Optimus 3D = HTC EVO + Samsung Galaxy.

    How original, good job LG, I’m proud of you.

    User interface is a mix between samsung galaxy’s icons arrangement & appearance with HTC EVO’s 4.3 inch display, their famous weather/flip clock on home screen, and if you pinch you can rearrange the 7 menus however you’d like, animation and application exactly like the HTC sense. I’m sure there are so much more, but those are the first impressions I got looking at this new phone for 3 minutes.

    And yet, they still fail because it only runs on 1GHz processor while the HTC EVO 3D will be coming out with a 1.2 GHz processor. I’m sorry, but nice try LG. I will wait until HTC EVO 3D comes out.