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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