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LG launches Optimus 2X - first dual-core Android smartphone

Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Wednesday December 15, 2010.

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Today LG Electronics officially announced the Android 2.2 powered Optimus 2X, which the company claims is the world's first dual-core processor smartphone. The 2X features a large 4-inch WVGA resolution touchscreen display, dual cameras, support for 1080p HD recording and playback - even on external displays.

The Optimus 2X runs a Tegra 2 dual-core processor that operates at 1GHz. This means that it not only has more maximum processing power than today's single core 1GHz CPUs, but that it is also more power efficient when running at slower speeds.

The Optimus 2X features two cameras. It has a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chatting, and a more powerful 8 megapixel camera out back for still photos and 1080p HD video recording. The 2X can play back that 1080p HD video on-screen or through an HDMI connection to an HD TV. The phone supports both DLNA(INFO) and HDMI mirroring for seeing the content on both the phone's display and on a larger device, like a television, at the same time.

The Optimus 2X comes equipped with 8GB of internal storage space and has a microSD memory card slot for adding more storage. A micro-USB is used for charging and connecting the phone to personal computers, and this uber-smartphone also comes equipped with not only an accelerometer, but also a gyroscope sensor.

LG has said that the Optimus 2X will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo pre-loaded, and that the hardware is capable of running 2.3 Gingerbread, as well. No dates were given for when we could expect to see a Gingerbread update, and LG said that information would be announced in each market. Apart from a launch in Korea in January of 2011, we don't even have dates for when the device will hit Europe and the rest of Asia. No pricing information has been announced at this time, either.

LG has not indicated that the Optimus 2X will hit the North American market.

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