Sep 06 AT 10:31 PM Taylor Wimberly 39 Comments

LG to deliver first dual-core Android smartphones in Q4

LG Electronics announced today that it will ship the world’s first dual-core CPU Android smartphones in Q4 2010, which will be part of the company’s Optimus Series of devices. We previously reported that LG and NVIDIA were teaming up on several devices, but this is the first official confirmation that we should expect an actual Tegra 2 smartphone in stores this year.

The NVIDIA Tegra 2 smartphone processor (AP20) offers a number of “mobile firsts” including the first mobile dual-core CPU, the first ultra low-power GeForce GPU, and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Each CPU core will be clocked at 1 GHz and LG claims consumers should expect up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance (over single core CPUs running at 1 GHz).

NVIDIA and LG are also saying that the Tegra 2 will deliver “console-quality gaming” but we have yet to see the elite developers like id Software and Epic Games fully support the Android platform like they have done with Apple. Hopefully NVIDIA has been working with some of these devs behind the scenes and we will have some flagship Android games available to show off the full power of the Tegra 2 GeForce GPU.

Chang Ma, VP of Marketing for LG, thinks the Optimus Series will take the lead when it comes to speed and graphics. He said, “LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance. We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”

Possible U.S. carriers for the first dual-core smartphone include T-Mobile and Verizon. The leaked T-Mobile roadmap indicated two LG devices coming in late November. Verizon is another option because they are the only U.S. carrier who has launched an Android phone from LG (the Ally) and the LG enV Touch 2 is rumored to appear this holiday season.

LG doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the Android ecosystem, but a high-end Tegra 2 phone could finally put them on the map. However, like we saw with the Toshiba Folio tablet, a high-end processor does not guarantee a win.

What are your expectation for a dual-core phone? Is the inclusion of a Tegra 2 processor enough to make you upgrade? Which other features do you hope LG incorporate in a high-end Android phone?

Show Press Release


LG First to Announce Smartphone with Dual-Core CPU based on NVIDIA Tegra, the World’s Most Advanced Mobile Processor

SEOUL, Sept. 7, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will introduce a series of fast, powerful smartphones starting in the fourth quarter of 2010 utilizing the second generation NVIDIA® Tegraâ„¢ mobile processor, Tegra 2. Tegra 2 includes the world’s first dual-core CPU, which powers through complex tasks to achieve significant leaps in performance.

LG will integrate Tegra 2 into its smartphones, providing them with unprecedented power, speed and graphics capability. These smartphones will be part of LG’s Optimus Series, a new line of innovative mobile products.

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

“LG is committed to making its Optimus Series smart devices the de facto standard in speed and graphics performance,” said Chang Ma, Vice President of Marketing Strategy Team, LG Mobile Communications Company. “We selected NVIDIA because it is the visual computing leader and has a long history of creating amazing consumer experiences.”

“The ultimate smartphones will be powered by Tegra, the world’s most advanced mobile processor,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “LG is one of the most popular consumer brands, and their Optimus Series of devices with Tegra is further validation of the processor’s ability to deliver an unrivaled, turbocharged media experience.”

LG’s Optimus Series smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will debut starting in the fourth quarter of the year.

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  • http://Website Andrew

    HSPA+ support on the 3G-850Mhz (Telstra Australia) and you’ve got me…

  • http://Website Nammy

    My laptop doesn’t even have a dual-core…

    • Shiggity

      Mine does. :P My desktop is a quad-core. :P

      • http://Website zedklind

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        • http://Website Oskar

          What kind of desktop do you guys have?

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      Do yourself a favor and pay the fee to leave AT&T. ASAP.

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          Luckily I am grandfathered in to the unlimited data plan, and I would get out asap, but i’m stuck on a family plan with iPhone lovers.

        • http://Website Nammy

          Gonna have to disagree with you there, I love the tired data plan. I don’t use more then 150mb a month so I can get a data plan for just $15 a month. That saves me hundreds of dollars a year over the other companies that cost 30+ per month.

          • http://Website zedklind

            i do understand why you would disagree. everyone wants to save money. but with the mobile platform booming its nice to have unlimited on a device that can stream movies and video as well as run console games (ps2 equiv). i want unreal 3 engine games online… all of these require lots of data transfer. its hard to say it but im glad im not on at&t and im on tmobile instead. hspa+ is coming to my area soon and im a gamer. bluetooth connect controllers or keyboard and mouse with hdmi output would be amazing

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        hey and FYI,

        with my iphone 4 here in NYC, at&t used to be horrible, but now it feels faster, so i tested it. I have a verizon mifi, and in about 10 tests, at&t was about 10% faster.

        I’m going to try and get screenshots, cause i think it’s funny.

  • http://Website Aceman

    Just in time for my G1 contract to run out in December…. *crowd goes wild*

  • SliestDragon

    I think I’ll pass on this and wait to see what HTC brings to the table…

    • http://Website lovo

      yea i agree or motorla i wonder whatthe droid pro will be like

      • Soul_Est

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    T-Mobile may finally have a awesome phone I’m excited. I hope this has a keyboard and optimal trackball, I enjoy them and man I can’t wait for the games to come out on these.

    Plus the fact of flash games and what’s going on with that. Holy crap batman! T-Mobile is coming out with a good phone O.O

  • Shiggity

    If this becomes popular that would be awesome. I hope Sprint gets one of these in the future. I’ll be happy with an Epic 4G when I can afford it soon, but this’ll be a worthy upgrade from the Epic 4G, that’s for sure. :)

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    No kidding, from the sounds of it, it’ll freakin rock. As long as it’s GSM, I’ll be getting one for sure. This’ll be my big upgrade from my oldschool HTC Magic haha!

    One thing – I’d want to know that this’ll either come with Gingerbread or be upgradeable for sure. Or, I guess I could just go down the route of Cyanogen..

  • http://Website tottyrice

    i’m currently with big red and my contract with them is long over due so i’m now on a month to month kind of deal them i’m just waiting for t-mo go get a dual-core so i can switch over so this is really good news. i’m glad to hear that t-mo are one of firsts to get a dual-core this year!

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    it would be a pity if sprint didn’t include this in there line up……..

    I am due for an upgrade in Nov., I want that EPIC, but……..

    with a fone like this and hw keybrd, I’d say I’d have to take it, maybe, I’ll have to see what other goodies it possess

  • http://Website fix

    Dual core tablets are where the action is at surely?

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    We’d probably need 2500mAh batts for these superphones..

    • http://Website John

      I read somewhere that this was a 28nm chip… Is that correct? If so it should use less battery life than a 45nm chip.

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    I hate bad writing and Android and Me is easily has the worst writers, most (wrong) speculation, and by far the most horrible misrepresentation of facts.

    Where in the press release was “2ghz processor” ever mentioned? Because I have a quad-core i7 does not mean I have a 12ghz processor, I can not believe I have to explain this to supposed tech enthusiasts (who should be looking for a new job, not writing…)

    Also Tegra is NOT a GeForce GPU. It is no more a GeForce GPU than it is a Quadro or Tesla. But I’d hate to bore you with accurate reporting instead of fanatical bullish that makes up most of this site.

    Oh well, back to AndroidSpin, Phandroid, and Gizmondo.

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    John Carmack (of id software fame) said this recently:

    So it doesn’t sound like id have done anything serious with Android yet, it shows they’re at least thinking about it.

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    -nVidia Tegra 4
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    -3Gb of RAM
    -64Gb internal memory (up to +384 Gb )
    -Android 4.0
    -Stereo Speakers
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    -14.4 Mega-Pixel Camera with FullHD1080p video recording
    -ALL WITH 16 nm Technology
    I guess that will happen at least in 2016.

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    I’d much rather have battery life than more cores.

    But wasn’t the Droid Incredible supposed to have a dual core processor? I thought that was the big deal with it.

    • connorita

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      is it better than the droid x?

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