Nov 23 AT 9:17 AM Taylor Wimberly 49 Comments

This is the dual-core Motorola Olympus headed to AT&T

When LG leaked their dual-core phone we knew Motorola would do the same too and that’s just what happened this morning. A tipster just sent pics of a new Motorola phone to Gizmodo and while the site isn’t too sure what phone it is, I can tell you this is the Olympus aka Terminator.

At first we thought the Olympus was a Verizon exclusive, but it turns out that it is coming to multiple carriers and AT&T will actually launch the phone first around the last week of January. The Motorola Olympus is rumored to feature NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4.1-inch display, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video record, front-facing camera, HDMI out, and is currently running Android 2.2 with Motoblur.

We all know that Gingerbread is around the corner so hopefully Motorola updates this phone to Android 2.3, but we aren’t too sure of that given the company’s history of shipping Android phones with an outdated OS.

Now that we have seen all the upcoming dual-core phones, which one do you want the most? The Samsung Nexus S, the LG Star, or the Motorola Olympus?

Source: Gizmodo

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  • http://Website Andrew

    I prefer the Star most.. I think it’s very sleek and sexy and that metal finish gives it a certain class… but the nexus s is pure google.. so you know it’ll get the most hacked and most updates!!

    However I’m in Australia on Telstra.. so I need an 3G 850Mhz phone.. so I’ll end up grabbing the first one to hit AT&T.. which I bet is this thing… God I do hope Google sell 850Mhz Nexus’s direct though.. that would be the one!!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Early reports are that the LG Star will also offer stock Android 2.3.

      • http://Website Andrew

        I heard mostly stock… Still it’ll be great, lg’s previous efforts hardly made any changes… But it’ll be cdma only right?

  • http://Website Tim

    Only the HTC Dual-Core device is missing ;-)

    hopefully another Nexus device with stock Gingerbread :-)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yup that is coming soon, but Qualcomm delayed their dual-core Snapdragon and HTC is waiting on them.

      • http://Website Tim

        I thougt that they only delayed their 2×1,5GHz model and not the 2×1,2GHz?

        And how long do you think (or even know ;-)) will it take until the release of this device?

        • Taylor Wimberly

          Nexus S = this year?
          Moto Olympus = January on AT&T
          LG Star = February on T-Mobile

          • http://Website Droid!

            Awww, I guess no love at Verizon for Dual-Core till late Feb-March? lol

      • http://Website UniqueNate

        Hold on. Does that mean HTC will only use Qualcomm dual core and not Tegra 2 dual core? If so will there be a difference in performance?

        Me personally, I’m going to wait until summer (if I can) for something else. I want to see how these fan out and whats on what. Most likely the dominant phones out now will have successors in dual form. I want to see a dual Tegra 2 Evo 4G successor. Sleeker look, and better specs. They should get Dell to start pushing out their HD front facing cams in these phones. Almost anything you can put in pcs can go in phones now. I could go on but will they take the effort to build that quality into a phone? High and fast numbers are good but without quality its like Shaq with no fundamentals.

        • Taylor Wimberly

          Waiting till next summer might be a wise idea. You could see second-gen dual-core CPUs by then and the 3D displays we have been posting about.

          • http://Website UniqueNate

            Yea, and I think I can pass on 3D displays. Sounds interesting though. Usually the summer gadgets are the yearly successors. I’m just excited that its happening. I really want to know what Gingerbread will bring and if Honeycomb will be on these phones as well as tablets.

  • http://Website Icon

    Looks pretty nice, but im on Verizon and im honestly waiting for the Mecha. I love my X, but I also loved my Incredible when I had it. I have been craving another HTC device, so the Mecha is likely what I will be getting (as long as the specs are what I want).

  • Silas Schwarz

    What is wrong with all those manufacturers?! i really like all the new devices and specs, fast and more cpus, cooler gpu and all. Frontfacing camera nice, the second coming of video telephony fine…. but why the heck do they leave out the full keyboard! software CANNOT replace hardware!!!
    i realy liked the possibly faked pictures of the MotoSplit

    go finish that one motorola! give it a decent processor, that fancy split keyboard, a front facing cam and i’ll try to forgive you for the MPX200 in the early 2k’s

    • http://Website Derek

      Sorry, but hardware keyboards are like dinosaurs, fading fast. With better software keyboards like swype and swiftkey, their predictive abilities eliminate just about all errors.

    • http://Website savedr

      Yes, this. I don’t feel as strongly about it, but I have been using my Aria for like 8 months now, and I love it, but I’m going to try to get a hardware keyboard on my next phone. Not even for typing on, either, but mainly for the keyboard shortcuts and for emulators. I like the Droid 2, but I don’t know of a good equivalent on AT&T.

      • http://Website Ltown

        Agreed. I don’t need a keyboard for typing but for gaming it is almost a necessity. With my N1 the only way I can play a lot of the more technical games is if I connect a wiimote. And who wants to carry one of those around. I would love a phone with a slide out gaming pad but would settle for a qwerty.

  • http://Website mark

    I am getting the Nexus as soon as possible. I have the Vibrant right now, love of but am a bit sick of knowing there is so much more capability sitting inside this phone and unavailable for non tech savvy people like me. If I rooted this and did xda ‘s hack for ffc I might be able to hold on longer. But alas I wish it just had all that capability baked in and stock.

  • http://Website Andrew53517

    Wow, gorgeous. All we need is a Verizon 4G radio inside and a release date now ;-)

  • http://Website Richard

    I will gladly wait for HTC and there duel core offerings in my world HTC RULES ALL SMARTPHONE MAKERS….When there’s comes out heading to SPRINT I will be aboard or will await there 7inch tablet that can makes calls. Being a proud HTC EVO OWNER SINCE JUNE 4TH AND KNOWING WHAT I HAVE NOW IS THE BEST SMARTPHONE ON THE MARKET I CAN WAIT FOR HTC

    • http://Website Dc

      Your a dbag evo is over hyped. The real deal phones are on the horizon. Your the guy who had to be the first on the block for everything. Relax boss, remember its technology its constantly improving being first usually doesn’t work out well.

  • http://Website npaladin2000

    About time AT&T got something that can count as a “Superphone.” Guess the time to avoid annoying Jobs is over, the iPhone must really be going to Verizon.

    Hopefully we see car docks and desk docks for this. And a clip-on sliding keyboard would be very nice…

  • http://Website zymo

    moto looks very sleek and i think its made of metal. but what do we really know about the nexus s? is it for sure that its running with a dualcore processor maybe orion? in fact we only know what it looks like. just waiting for the official specs.

  • http://Website 2C

    After owning a G1 & now a Nexus 1 its no way I could go with a phone that isn’t 100% stock Android. So I’ll gladly wait for the next Nexus phone. Phone does look nice though.

  • http://Website roland

    Hands down the Nexus S that is the Google phone

  • orginn

    That phone looks nice I’m going to hold out until the nexus by having these phones with these custom skin is frustrating with updates.

  • http://Website jose

    I have a feeling the HTC mecha will be Verizons first dual-core phone

  • http://Website Mark

    If it ain’t got stock Android, then I’m in the wrong place.

  • http://Website Vanquish

    I want Nexus S if it has SAMOLED screen, otherwise LG is my second choice. Imo Star has the best design.

  • http://Website Hans

    This looks very similar to the Nexus S. If this does come to Verizon after AT&T, I hope they omit Motoblur. If not, at least don’t lock it down. Otherwise, another dual-core phone will be mine.

  • Detox

    Either nexus s or what the best manufacturer (HTC) has coming.

  • http://Website Balthazar B

    I’ll take the first global-capable VzW device with similar specs to be released.

  • MC

    Mention, “Motoblur,” watch me lose interest in milliseconds…

  • http://Website Wasim

    Nexus S definitely for me…..LG isnt very good with smartphones, and Motoblur is UGLY! Ill take Google’s choice over the others as i trust Google, and their decision to move to Samsung!

  • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

    It doesnt lokk that ugly, but i prefer my shiny iPhone 4 guys. In addition, Motoblur is the worst crap since the return of Britney Spears…

  • chief113

    I am waiting for this phone for my first android phone. Why does everyone hate on MOTOBLUR? Can’t you just use a different launcher to get rid of it?

    • jjl84

      It’s not that easy. I have a Droid X and there are still parts of Blur that cannot be removed (even with some of the “Blurless” ROMS) with simply using a different launcher. Blur is so integrated into Android that removing it completely will brick your phone.

      Here’s a quick example of an annoyance:

      Stock Android integrates all of the major social networks nicely. When you sign into Twitter and Facebook, Android gives you the option to sync all of the contacts, or only the ones that are already in your phone’s contact list. In contrast, when you sign into the Facebook app on the DX, there are no options…the only sync is through the Blur Facebook app which puts all of your Facebook friends in your contact list. So it’s either sync all or none.

      There are some other issues with Blur, but that’s one that affects a lot of people.

      • chief113

        Anything else, because I think Facebook is a huge waste of time, so that doesn’t really affect me. Why else is MOTOBLUR so bad?

        • jjl84

          Other than the fact that if you remove some of the Blur.apks you will brick your phone? How about a delayed update schedule when a new version of Android comes out? Or when you use the Blur music app in landscape mode while viewing albums, it tries to look like the iPhone version (wouldn’t typically be a problem but it’s laggy and this is unacceptable when driving and my DX is in its dock)? Another issue is Google Maps doesn’t refresh the same when you’re driving: instead of keeping you in the middle of the map, it waits until you’re at the edge and then refreshes. The fact that Blur applications run in the background, even when they’re never used, is also ridiculous. The Gallery app is a less visually appealing setup compared to stock. I also hate the fact that I have to use Blur’s “My Accounts” to add a new GMail account, not a huge deal, but it’s annoying.

          I could go on and on, but there are some examples. But remember, there are 500 billion Facebook users, so just because you don’t care about it, doesn’t mean the rest of the world feels the same as you.

        • jjl84

          Since this might be your first Android purchase I should mention a few of the Blur features that I do enjoy:

          - When editing text you have written, Blur has an iPhone-esque magnifying glass.
          - The lockscreen has music controls which are extremely useful to have built in.
          - The “Car Home” app (the controls that show up when using the car dock) has a nice map that has a compass as well as current speed, in addition to traffic information in the stock version.

          Those are really the only features I like about Blur. You might like it, I have no idea what your tastes are. However, I should mention that Android 2.3 is supposed to be a significant improvement over 2.2, and I doubt that Motorola will update it quickly if it isn’t available at launch (The Droid X took 2 months to finally see 2.2 even though the Droid 2 ran it in August).

          So who knows? You might like it just fine, I’m sure it will be a nice phone. Just don’t say you weren’t warned when Moto delays updates because Blur isn’t playing nice with 2.3.

          • chief113

            Thanks JJ. Very helpful. Sounds like some pros and cons, but there aren’t many decent options on att, and I’m sick of waiting. Blackberry is the worst.

  • jjl84

    This is why I hate/love Motorola. They continue to release amazing hardware but then they install Blur and lock the bootloader. I love their styling and their internals, but until they remove Blur and/or go back to the Droid 1 bootloader, I will be looking elsewhere.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    Yea, I don’t think any of these handset makers will go in on their custom UI’s. Its more like a overlay. They won’t take the time to actually bring some beauty to the custom skins. They won’t take the time to put some awesome quality and gloss in it. They wont take the time to have it so good they could invest in it. HTC is the only handset maker I know of that has potential to take Sense into a really awesome UI. I really hope this overhaul Google plans will be so good that handset makers will rid of custom skins. I mean unless they go in on it and have it beautiful inside and out then that will be one of many problems as to why Android is lacking some. It has so much potential and people can see that, but that alone is why updates move like molasses. I’m not much of a WP7 person but I love the quality of their UI. I want that quality in Android form. I’ll wait patiently.

  • http://Website JAG

    2011 will be a great year for smartphones… this is goin to be amazing!!!

  • http://Website dave

    I want a phone coming to tmobile that has tegra 2 and android 2.3 is there any outthere? Please help :( and even if 2.4 is around the corner I can root. Is any such phone coming?

  • http://Website Zhi Hao

    Tegra 2 + Front-facing camera + HDMI out + Metal casing + 14.4 mbps down + 5.76 mbps up + stock 2.3 = FTW!!!

  • http://Website freakfingers12

    These specs seem impressive, for now. I’d wait till middle next year and see what lays out for us. weird, a year ago, every new phones are trying to look like the iPhone. Now every phone kinda looks like the Samsung Vibrant to me. I guess it’s the next gen look.

  • http://Website InspectorGadget80

    Bout damn time. Been waiting for a whole year. Much better looking now thanks MOTO but just wish you guys could get rid of your ugly BLUR.

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