Dec 22 AT 12:01 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Another source says the LG Optimus 2X is coming to T-Mobile

LG recently announced the world’s first dual-core phone, the Optimus 2X, but their press release made no mention of any availability in the United States. Back when we were still referring to the handset as the LG Star, one of our reliable sources told us the phone was headed to T-Mobile. Now another report from RCR Wireless is telling a similar story.

Sylvie Barak of RCR Wireless said “We have it on rather good authority that the US carrier for the phone will be T-Mobile” and we should expect a target release date of early March.

Previous leaks of the Optimus 2X showed the device was still running Android 2.2, but now Google has released the source code for Android 2.3 and you can bet that LG is already working on an update.

New information from one of our trusted sources suggest that T-Mobile will upgrade this phone to Android 2.3 by launch and that is the reason for the March release date. Other dual-core phones might be released by February (like the rumored timeframe for Motorola’s Tegra 2 phones), but T-Mobile could be the first carrier to offer Android 2.3 out of the box.

If T-Mobile is going to announce the Optimus 2X soon, then it could happen in a couple of weeks at CES. They have a media event scheduled on January 6th and we know they will want to announce some new products that show off their 4G network. Given that the phone could launch in March, we might also see T-Mobile hold this LG device till CTIA, which starts on March 22nd.

Overall it looks like LG is putting together a solid high-end Android phone. It packs in all the latest hardware (dual-core Tegra 2 processor with GeForce GPU, 1080p decode/encode, HDMI out with full mirroring, front-facing camera) with the latest software so it’s hard to complain.

How do you think LG’s first superphone is shaping up so far? Are they missing any key features that are deal-breakers? Could this be your next phone is it comes to your carrier?

Source: RCR Wireless

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  • http://Website scott

    is that some kind of touchwiz skin? oh how nice it would be to get vanilla gingerbread on this thing.

  • http://Website A

    From my perspective, I have a crappy dumbphone on tmo and am just waiting for the next big thing to jump on. The next big thing will prob be a tegra two phone but it will happen sooner then March. Meaning, I’m not waiting until March to get a phone with specs that are awesome now but will be basic top end features by March. Nope nope. Verizon LTE Tegra 2 for the win!

  • http://Website zYk

    Well if that is that case then my N1 will be getting replaced on day one of release!

    This also brings up the issue is it worth to jump on the first dual-core android phone?
    I made that mistake with the N1 when I ordered it and saw all the new phones being released but as time went on I realized there wasn’t anything released that I liked design wise.

    I give it a few months and wait for the better version to come out?
    Then again I have always loved HTC devices and hate to jump off the band wagon and onto LG’s ride.

  • agentdiscount

    Currently, I have a G1 that is painfully slow running on tmobile with an EMP plan. I was planning on the Nexus S until the dissapointing specs were revealed. So, then I planned to get the Optimus 2X upon release. I am seriously jonesing for a faster phone. I don’t know if I can wait until March.

    • http://Website Saoolv

      I am soo there with you. I am past my 2 year contract period with T-Mo G1 and I do not want to continue with T-Mo so am waiting for a Tegra on Verizon. Although this phone looks mighty tasty I am not sure that my G1 will make it all the way to March or if I can really be that patient with it. I have run out of memory and downgraded to the only apps that are necessary which is a tragedy and it struggles to do the basics….
      Good luck with your search…

    • http://Website Mikey

      Switched from the G1 to the mt4g. Thought I needed physical keyboard but I was wrong.

    • http://Website Bliz

      My g1 is sticking with me for a bit longer as well. So sad that the NS was a let down. Just hope the next gen of phones come out in late Jan or early Feb.

  • http://Website d33zilla

    I’d just say HOLD OUT. I have a “good feeling” LG well bring us the next Nexus branded handset!

    (Calling it NOW) look at the timeline of the Nexus name, Google went with the top player in the manufacturing and specs department.

    HTC had a run & still holding it with hardware, Samsung flooded the market with that iPhone cheese of an android :\ & it seems like all of what LG has in the works feels “undeniably” next gen….
    WORTHY of the Nexus name…

    LG just step up your design game! ;);)

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      Yeah, I think so, too. It’s either LG or Motorola, but they’ve helped Motorola quite a bit so far, first with the Droid, and now with the Honeycomb tablet. I think LG will make the Nexus 3. Now it would be perfect if it will have a 4.3″ screen with 1280×800 resolution (350 PPI) and Tegra 3! Google better not make the mistake again of releasing a Nexus phone with last year’s technology, instead of raising the bar for next 12 months. Nexus 3 (or w/e it will be called) needs to be the first phone with Tegra 3.

  • http://Website B

    Is that an official image of the phone? I thought it was fake. Also, what about any custom LG skin running on top?

  • http://Website DRew

    Any high end phones that Tmo can get their hands on I’m happy about. Bring it!

  • http://Website Acey

    I hate how it always goes to T-Mo first. We’re outta luck in Canada, then.

  • http://Website Paul Atreides

    I’ll wait for other devices to be developed with dual cores. I mean I’m attracted to the specs but for the love of a mother this thing is ug-a-ly! It reminds me too much of a Samsung Galaxy/Iphone 4 with a cheaper look. Personally I’m trying to wait on the next best thing from HTC. Until then, my EVO will stay put.

  • http://Website Usman

    Is it possible for the OS to not be able to utilize dual cores (as we know 2.3 doesn’t), but for games to be able to do so? I’m guessing no, but I’m not an engineer…

  • http://Website Kimbo

    This phone looks great. For those who keep saying that they’ll wait for something better – there is ALWAYS something better coming around the corner. You aren’t going to have the latest and greatest phone for more than a few months. Just get it and enjoy it.

    • Suatae

      I agree. I got my N1 when it first came out knowing that there will be something greater coming out in a few months. I will mostly likely purchase this phone once more info about it comes to light.

  • http://Website Perry

    Was gonna jump on the MT4G but now I think I’ll wait till this baby hits. Although I usually don’t jump right in on a new phone once its released. Better to wait a few months and see if there are any issues. Recall the GPS issues with the galaxy S line? Some folks still complaining about that. Glad I waited.

    Right now I think the MT4G is the best android phone out there, spec wise. It has it all. High speed access, dual camera, sd card capable (hello nexus s!) 2nd gen processor. It won’t be “the” best for long but it has the specs to keep you satisfied for quite a while.

  • http://Website Anthony

    Ok those specs are great but and its a big but. The key here is will it run pure android like the N1and the N1 and that’s probably a big no.
    The Nexus family will continue to rule because were first to eat the new tasty treats.
    I don’t understand why people don’t see the trend here. Google will probably launch a nexus once a year and yes T-Mobile will get it.
    Google seems to give them first love because they were the first to embrace google. The G1 was the start that soldier is old now but should always be respected. The N1 changed the game I have one and though I have a NS its still here as my back up. The NS though not a game changer is still a Nexus so we might as well get use to the fact that the update road leads through the two nexus phones that are out there.
    the new high end phones we welcome you but know this the highway has been named and its called Nexus lane all others buy a raffle and wait for honeycomb.
    N1 rules
    NS rules but could never leave its older brother far behind

  • http://Website Pavel

    I need Verizon to get some insanely good 4G dual core Android phone ASAP.. I’m tire of TMO (love my N1 though)… I want that Verizon reliability!

  • VegasWill

    Hopefully what Ive been reading about the specs are true:
    Dual Core: check
    HDMI: check
    Front/Rear cam: check (8mp rear)
    SD card: check
    The big if: HSPA+?!?!?!