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LG released Optimus 2X – world’s first dual-core smartphone

By Damir Beciri
18 December 2010

lg-optimus-2xHere is a trend we’ll be seeing bloom over the high-end gadgets sphere, and that is adding more computing power to gadgets that can employ most of it. LG Electronics (LG) recently unveiled LG Optimus 2X – 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 enables faster and smoother web browsing, as well as easier multitasking 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 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. This telephone model offers 1080p MPEG-4 or H.264 HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality.

The smartphone has 2 cameras, where rear camera has the capability to shoot 8 megapixel pictures, while the front camera has the capability to shoot 1.3 megapixel pictures. It has 8GB memory, which is expandable with up to 32GB of memory via microSD. Unfortunately, the folks from LG decided to use a 1,500 mAh battery – a battery with the capacity we use in most of today’s smartphones. It has a 4-inch WVGA screen.
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 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).

Along with new display technologies, dual-core processors are expected to become one of the major gadget hardware trends in 2011. LG will most certainly be followed by their competition as their associate chip makers release dual-core chips suitable for gadgets. Let’s see will energy storing research and development follow the growing need for power.

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