LG Optimus 3D Preview: Hands on video

Today LG officially unveiled the first smartphone featuring a glasses free 3D screen and also using TI’s OMAP4 4430 SoC to power whole thing. The LG Optimus 3D has a Dual-core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Dual Channel DDR2 memory and Dual Memory banks according to the company (3 Ds.. get it?). What you essential have here is one powerful smartphone that looks more like a experiment than a really fully thought out product. Why do I say that? Well, first off I’m really a fan of all things 3D (stereoscopic viewing) and the 4.3 inch Parallax Barrier screen only really works well when you view it at a certain angle and from a certain distance. But what really kills it is that everything displayed in 3D looks like a bloody low resolution mess on such a big panel. The parallax barrier also makes the screen look like plastic under certain angles. The other 3D feature of the Optimus 3D is the 2 5Mpix camera on the back that can shoot 720P 3D footage (in 2D the device can shoot in 1080P). Once again I’m not a big fan of this so you will have to try it out yourself and decide if it’s worth it. LG has collaborated with YouTube so you can directly upload the 3D videos shot with the Optimus 3D OTA to YouTube’s 3D channel via the built-in client on the device. LG has also developed a 3D stereoscopic UI that is toggle via a hardware button on the side of the phone. It’s a bit of a gimmick and definitely not a great UX.

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LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Tab specifications unveiled

LG has just unveiled some of the hardware specifications of the LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad ahead of their official outing tomorrow morning here in Barcelona. The major surprise here is that unlike the Optimus 2X and Optimus Pad the Optimus 3D isn’t powered by an nVidia Tegra 2 but LG decided to use the newest TI OMAP 4 dual-core SoC instead. The Optimus 3D sure looks like multimedia beast with it’s glasses free 3D screen, Dual cameras (3D video recording and DNLA/HDMI output capability. I’ll go hands-on with both devices tomorrow. Press release after the break:

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In depth LG Optimus 2X and Tegra 2 review

Ready for some in-depth and techinal action? Anandtech has post a really nice review of the LG Optimus 2X Android smartphone and its nVidia Tegra 2 SoC. As you probably already know the Optimus 2x is the first smartphone powered by the Tegra 2 to hit the market and has been ranking high in 3D benchmarks ever since it first appeared in leaked picture a coupe of months ago. So how does it stack up against the competition? Well first off the Tegra 2 is also the first Dual-Core Cortex A9 chipset so it was interesting to see how it performs compared to the current single core Cortex A8 CPUs like Samsung’s Hummingbird , Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC’s (the Scorpion isn’t a real A8 but a highly modified version of it) and TI’s OMAP3.

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Tegra 2 powered LG Optimus 2X 1080P video sample

Ready for some interesting footage? Techblog.gr has made public one of the 1080P footage shot with the LG Optimus 2X android smartphone powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 SoC. It doesn’t really look bad but isn’t really exceptional either but this may be due to the relatively poor camera lens or sensor. The footage has a bitrate of 9Mbps which isn’t super high but enough in this case and isolates between 23 and 24fps. You will also notice that the camera unfortunately doesn’t seem to have any continuous auto-focus when shooting videos. Check it out after the break:

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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:

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Tegra 2 powered LG Star Android smartphone video hands-on and iPhone 4 comparison

Are we finally going to see Tegra powered smartphone hitting retail stores after all these years of hype? Well it’s starting to like nVidia may finally have something real to talk about now. GSM-Isreal managed to get some hands-on action with the recently leaked LG Star which is supposedly powered by dual-core Tegra 2 chipset that allows it to capture and playback 1080P videos. As you will see in the video after the break the device features an HDMI connector to plug it in your HDTV. There’s also a short browser comparison against the iPhone 4 but nothing really exciting comes out of it. Unfortunately (because Android browser and UI isn’t GPU accelerated) the scrolling isn’t smooth like on the iPhone 4 or Windows Phone 7 (as seen in my Android vs WP7 browser comparison video). The LG Star also seems to natively support DviX video decoding.

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LG Star Android smatphone with Tegra 2 chipset in the wild

The Tegra 2 powered Android device that LG talked about a few months ago is now in the wild and is named the LG Star. That thing supposedly has a 4inch screen (and a gigantic bezel..), 8Mpix camera with LED flash capable of shooting 1080P videos, micro-sd slot, it’s running a version onf Android and has a 1500Mha battery. I’m not realy sure that the Tegra 2  is the best solution for a smartphone but it will definitely be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition from Qualcomm, TI and Samsung. More pictures after the break:

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LG Officially Announces Tegra 2 powered Optimus line of Smartphones

 

LG is definitely going all out at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin this year. After showcasing a couple of new HDTV’s, OLED TV,Android Tablets and yesterday’s DLNA on Windows Phone 7 feature they are now officially announcing the launch of a couple of Tegra 2 powered Smartphones this fall under the Optimus brand. Keep in mind this probably only applies to Android based devices given that only Qualcomm’s SnapDragon line of chipsets are certified to work on Windows Phone 7 right now (this will change in the future). The Tegra 2 SoC is made of a Dual Core CortexA9 CPU@ 1ghz each, a higher-clocked Tegra 1 GPU and has the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos (H.264/VC-1) without breaking a swea (you can see the block-diagram above) t. Interestingly Samsung’s Hummingbird Chipset still sports the fastest mobile GPU (PowerVR SGX540) but all this power doesn’t mean anything to the end user when it barely used by the OS and aplpications. Unlike Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Android’s GUI isn’t GPU accelerated yet and one has to wonder what is exactly the point of having Dual-Core A9 CPU in a smartphone this fall. Things should be more interesting on this front one year from now when the software platform finally catches up and start to benefit from all this power. Full Press Release after the break:

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