LG's well-leaked 4-inch Google android smartphone has finally broken cover, offering such mouth-watering features as full-on 1080p playback and recording, dual cameras and - in addition - a dual-core processor, the first available for the smartphone. When should it arrive in the U.S.? Excellent question.
There's a several sour notes for the Optimus 2X we should hit first, you start with the truth that for now, it does not have a U.S. launch date. LG says the 2X goes for sale in South Korea on next month, with European countries and Asia "to follow." Regarding North America, well … still up in the air.
In addition, the Optimux 2X will not be shipping with "Gingerbread," the latest & greatest edition of Google android - not a huge wonder, really, considering that the just-released Nexus S is the only Gingerbread Android phone at the moment. Instead, the 2X will arrive using the next most convenient thing, Android 2.2 "Froyo," and LG guarantees an upgrade to Android 2.3 "in due course."
Moving to the great stuff, though: We discover the Optimux 2X includes a 4-inch WVGA display, a similar size as on Samsung's "Galaxy S" Android os phones, coupled with two cameras: a 1.3-megapixel lens in the front for video chat, and also an 8MP snapper in back able to 1080p-quality video capture.
Speaking of 1080p, LG claims the Optimus 2X can handle 1080p video playback in addition to HDMI "mirroring," which means users can transfer 1080p video to a external monitor through the phone's HDMI output although following along to the handset's display. Cool.
Other functions for the upcoming Optimus will include a built-in accelerometer plus gyroscope (naturally), along with DLNA (short for Digital Living Network Alliance) media sharing with compatible Computers, TVs and various devices in your home network.
Probably the Optimus 2X's key function will be the processor that is humming beneath the hood: a dual-core, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 "system-on-a-chip," the first available to reach in a smartphone ?€” or, at least, the initial available to be announced in the smartphone.
The newest dual-core processor claims zippier performance than we have seen on perhaps the fastest single-core 1GHz handsets, specially when considering multitasking and handling 1080p video.
But how about life of the battery? LG has yet to speculate how long the Optimus 2X's 1,500 mAh battery can keep its dual-core engine running.
Do not expect LG to face alone in the land of dual-core handsets for long. Samsung was already chirping about its own dual-core processor, code-named "Orion," that's slated to change the "Hummingbird" chip that is powering its current crop of Samsung galaxy s smartphones. Other handset manufacturers are certain to follow.