LG Announces Optimus 2X Dual-Core Android, Due in Korea Next Month

Just this week we wrote about a crazy-awesome Android phone leaked out codenamed the LG Star. Appropriately named, this phone was said to have a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside, which would make it (in theory) the most powerful phone on the market and the forerunner to what’s sure to be a slew of upcoming dual-core handsets expected to see daylight in 2011. Sure enough, on the eve of the launch of the Nexus S, LG announced the upcoming release of the Star under a different name: the LG Optimus 2X.

The specs on the Optimus 2X will easily match and surpass that of any top of the line phone already released (including the Nexus S). We will be treated to a full 1 GHz processor with Tegra 2 dual-core, a 4″ WVGA screen, 8 MP camera in back and 1.3 MP camera in front, 1080p video recording and playback (using MPEG-4 and H.264 formats), a powerful 1500 mAh battery, and 8 GB internal storage with up to 32 GB external capacity. It also will have DLNA, gyro, and HDMI mirroring.

The Optimus 2X will also be running on Froyo at time of launch, said to be next month in Korea with Europe and Asia to follow after (no word on this phone reaching North America). Fortunately it will be upgradeable to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, at an unknown time.

For more information, check out the official press release below:

(SEOUL=Korea Newswire) — 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.

via Press Release (Korea NewsWire)

Author: Brad Molen

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