Dec 07 AT 7:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

First dual-core Android phone likely to launch in Korea

If you were disappointed by the single-core Samsung Nexus S, then LG and Motorola are both working on Tegra 2 phones that should get you excited. We are expecting these dual-core handsets to be announced on January 5th at CES and be available in stores around late January to February, but it appears that Korea will get their hands on one of these new superphones first thanks to LG.

A Korean mobile news site called Cetizen has uncovered new pictures of the LG Star that look similar in shape to the leaked prototypes we saw on video, but the outer casing has been updated and this new unit now includes the carrier logo for SK Telecom. We don’t normally see carrier-branded devices until they are ready to launch so I wouldn’t be surprised if LG pushed it out this year.

To fully grasp the situation, you must understand the fierce rivalry between LG and Samsung. Both companies are based out of Korea and compete in just about every product category including phones, TV, appliances, and computers. Samsung is the largest Korean conglomerate company and LG is second so they are constantly trying to top their rival.

All signs point to LG releasing their dual-core phone any week now and I’m sure the execs at Samsung are really jealous. We know that Samsung has dual-core phones in testing, but we have yet to see any prototypes and it could still be several more months before their handsets are ready for stores.

We have been impressed with LG’s recent Android efforts, like value-priced Optimus One, so I’m really excited to see what they do with the high-end phones. Recent leaks have shown the LG Star to be running Android 2.2, but hopefully they update it to 2.3 by the time it reaches our shores.

Which version of the LG Star do you like better? The early prototypes we saw or the final version for SK Telecom?

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Via: Phandroid

Source: Cetizen

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  • http://Website Manny

    I like the prototype version WAYYYYY better. Hope these new images are just for Korea only.
    I want the prototype version of this on T-mobile with 4g speeds and upgraded to gingerbread and beyond.

    • http://Website Eloquence

      I have to agree with you Manny! Why get rid of the dedicated Search key and make it look more iPhone-esque? I pray this is only for the Korean market and the prototype we saw earlier makes it to American shores.

  • http://Website DroidCLH

    Wow, how the hell did they make this thing look even worse?!?!?!?

  • alchemist007

    LG sure knows how to make ugly phones!

  • ayocuz

    It looks better than the ugly nexus s. Not touching the sexiness of the nexus one thou

  • Noice

    There’s no accounting for taste – but honestly, this is not even close to ugly compared many, many phones released.

    If this releases on T-Mobile w/ HSPA+ with unadulterated Gingerbread, I’ll have it.

  • ayocuz

    I gotta admit the optimus phones are pretty solid in design and they work well no bugs.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Ditto. I would recommend the Optimus One to any of my friends looking to buy their first smartphone.

  • http://Website jose

    Not sure about the look. ..the back of the phone looks galaxy s like but I wont judge until I see it in person pictures can be deceiving

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I’m really tired of people complaining about plastic looks or feels on a phone. That doesn’t take away from a devices performance. It isn’t cheap because of that. Most people are going with the crowd and never had a device based off plastic. They act like it’s some simple cheap plastic that covers a toy you’ll rip open for xmas. A more solid build would be nice but honestly it’s not that bad. see the device in person. you can give a device the best of everything it can ever have and a plastic back and everyone will act is if its a fail and it’ll never work and etc. I mean really? the reason of it are getting old.

    • http://Website SquirrelWithAGunAtTheZoo

      It’s not the build quality I have a beef with, it’s that damned glossiness. When will phone manufacturers (and computer manufacturers, for that matter) ever learn that going with a glossy surface is a horrible design decision when people actually have to *touch* said surface?

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    idk if anyone has noticed but most phones with a high grade plastic built happen to have really nice screens and are the most responsiveness. besides the lame iPhone 4. Even that thing is pretty thin.

  • http://Website cosmos

    Hmmm, well personally I’m not even convinced this is the same device as the one in the LG Star video. The Google logo on the back is removed which I guess could be fair enough as it’s still appears to be featuring the Touch Wiz esque skin and not stock Gingerbread as some have rumoured, however the nice looking front 4 buttons now seem to have disappeared, only to be replaced by a very Galaxy S setup – very odd indeed! Now LG seem to be copying Samsung, who in turn are copying Apple! :O

  • agentdiscount

    I like this new prototype better. I just don’t understand all the Galaxy S hate because of plastics. My G1 has had daily use for close to 2 years now and continues to run just fine and is made entirely of plastic.

  • http://Website James

    I Think im the luckiest man ever. Well no life sucks LOL im jk
    I’m going to KORea this holiday season so i MIght be able to get this!!

  • http://Website Nexus S PURE

    Anybody that honestly thinks this looks nicer then the Nexus S needs to go lock themselves in a closet.

    Come on LG, atleast use high quality plastic.

  • Detox

    My fender mytouch is plastic and I hate it, fingerprints are every where and it feel as if its going to fall out of your hand

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    The camera on the back could have been better designed. It kind of messes up the whole design of the phone.