LG Optimus 2X Dual-Core Tegra 2 powered Android handset officially launched

LG has officially unveiled and launched the LG Optimus 2X (also know as the LG Star) today in Seoul. The Optimus 2X is the first commercially available smartphone to feature an nVidia Tegra 2 chipset which includes a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a higher clocked GPU similar to the one found in the original Tegra. The device has a 4″ WVGA LCD screen, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via the micro-sd slot), an 8 MPix camera, 1.3Mpix front facing camera, HDMI out and the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos. It will first ship with Android 2.2 but will be receive an Android 2.3 / Gingerbread update in the future. Check out the LG Optimus 2X specifications and press release after the break:

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.

Key specifications:

- 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
- 4-inch WVGA screen
- 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
- 1,500 mAh battery
- 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
- HDMI mirroring
- 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

My opinion is that everybody should realize that having a Tegra 2 (or any other Dual-core cpu) in a smartphone right now isn’t going to fundamentally change everything. It’s all about the software and if the software doesn’t take advantage of all this power having such hardware specifications is a total waste. Also keep in mind that Android still doesn’t have a fully GPU accelerated UI (unlike iOS, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS). People should also know that the PoverVR SGX540 GPU in the Samsung Galaxy S devices is more powerful and feature rich than the GPU found in the Tegra 2 chipset (it’s a higher clocked version of the GPU found in the previous Tegra 600 series). There’s going to be a lot of talk about the 1080P encoding/decoding capability of the Optimus 2X, but having the ability to capture 1080P video doesn’t mean anything if everything else sucks (the lens, camera sensor, software or the drivers) as it can been seen with the current crop of Windows Phone 7 devices on the market (only Samsung made the effort to use a good lense and sensor..). Anyway, we should get more excited about OS and Software updates that take advantage of the current hardware.

  • White3

    Stop writing such Bull set………………..Tegra 2 is much more powerful than PowerVrSGX540…………..

    Tegra 2 can process 71 million polygons/sec in comparison to 35 million polygons/sec in PowerVr SGX 540…………

    So stop fooling us…………. We know Tegra 2 is and will be the future…………U just cant Fool Us……………..

    Tegra 2 is just awesome…….PowerVR enen cant crawl infront of it……………………

    If you dont know go read but dont try to foooool us…………………..got it man!!!!!

    Dont delete it,Let others see………….and judge the truth themselves…………………….

  • White3

    Stop writing such Bull set………………..Tegra 2 is much more powerful than PowerVrSGX540…………..

    Tegra 2 can process 71 million polygons/sec in comparison to 35 million polygons/sec in PowerVr SGX 540…………

    So stop fooling us…………. We know Tegra 2 is and will be the future…………U just cant Fool Us……………..

    Tegra 2 is just awesome…….PowerVR enen cant crawl infront of it……………………

    If you dont know go read but dont try to foooool us…………………..got it man!!!!!

    Dont delete it,Let others see………….and judge the truth themselves…………………….