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07 Jul 2017
13 Sep 2013
News  Handsets & Devices

LG won the race to launch the first dual-core smartphone with the Optimus 2X, which goes on sale in January in Korea. The Android 2.2 powered Optimus 2X has a 1Ghz (NVIDIA Tegra 2) dual-core Processor, a 4-inch WVGA display and an 8-megapixel camera. LG is said to be shifting 2 million Android devices a month and has always said 2011 will see massive activity in this area. Since we are in a whole new ballpark now when it coms to performance, focus on battery life will be intense. The Optimus 2X comes with a 1,500 mAh battery, but LG stress the Tegra 2 has advanced power-saving technology built right into the core, so overall battery life will be comparable to existing models.



Heres the press release LG sent us in full:


LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience


SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 -- LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.


“Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011.”



Developed by 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. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.


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 (Digital Living Network Alliance) 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. The smartphone also includes both rear- and front-facing cameras, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500mAh battery.


The LG Optimus 2X will be available in Korea next month with countries in Europe and Asia to follow. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.


That's all well and good, but how does all this stack up in the real world? Heres a benchmark video against the Samsung Galaxy S:

As the kids would say today - "owned".