Technically, this was announced around the middle of December, but things were far too busy then so I didn’t have a chance to pay this the attention it deserves. While at CES, I had a chance to play with the Optimus 2x, and it’s a pretty amazing phone. It’s going to be released with Android 2.2, but will be upgraded to 2.3 (Gingerbread) when it becomes available. Android aside, this device is thin, fast, and packed with some greatness like 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2, 1080p HD video playback and mirroring so you can output the stream to your TV. There’s also a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The battery is rated at 1500mAh, which I would think is low for the dual core, but LG tells me that these devices are not the power hungry processor you expect and the battery is more than capable of lasting the day. So while this isn’t technically CES news, I’m labeling it as such, because that’s where I became familiar with the device and I’m looking forward to seeing it launch and giving it some real world tests.
Full press release is after the break.
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.