LG Optimus 2X

LG just announced the first dual-core Tegra 2-powered Android smartphone -- the LG Optimus 2X, previously known as the LG Star. Let's just get into specs, shall we?

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

It's a new era, folks. The Optimus 2X will be available in January in Korea, with Europe and Asia to follow. And LG will be at CES, so there's a better than average chance we'll see this guy in its full glory. Full presser and more pics are after the break. More in the Optimus 2X Forums!

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LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience

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.


Reader comments

LG officially announces Tegra 2 dual-core Optimus 2X


My first HTC Desire was AMOLED before I gave it away and got another one, now my second Desire is SLCD and I actually prefer SLCD as the text is clearer to read than AMOLED (too fuzzy), the advantage AMOLED has is the brightness, how easy it is to view in the sun, and supposedly good on battery which I haven't seen proven yet.

I'd give it a 50/50 shot. LG has been bad in the past about not giving us their best phones, reserving them for Asia and Europe while giving us cheap feature phones and second rate smartphones. This seems to be changing and we'll all know a lot more next month during CES.

New it. A bunch of my friends have been holding off getting new phones convinced dual cores would show up before years end like the rumor has been. I've been telling them any duals would show up in Asia first. We never NEVER get first dibs at the really high end hardware.

Now can we please stop making all of these phones look like iPhones? Let's be creative HTC, LG and Samsung. Thanks! :-)

Dude what are you looking for? A handle bar?

Every car on the market has 2 seats in front, 4 tires, a steering wheel an accelerator, a brake and is a rectangle. But you don't hear people going on that the Prius is SOOOO a copy of the model T that it isn't even funny.

Wow. Ur really that ignorant to that all cars look the same? I think phone companies need to do a better job and coming up with their own designs. Yeah, inside phones are a lot the same. But u claiming that the visual aesthetics of phones and cars are pretty much the same just makes u sir, the idiot of this post. Prius compared to model t compared to Scion XB. Droid x compared to lg chocolate, compared to Kyocera Phantom (If you all remember that phone. Ha Ha) C'mon.

....But when a phone actually does look different, unique and/or special, it is ridiculed mercilessly. Just look at every Android phone on AT&T that isn't the Captivate or Aria (or new Bravo). Every other android phone has some sort of unique "gimmick" about it physically, that are completely different than something like the iPhone, yet everyone constantly laughs at the designs.

Fat chance buddy, I think Sprint is being a little near-sighted right now when it comes to adding more high end devices to their line up. And we're left with phone envy :(

What are you talking about? Sprint has two of the more powerful high end phones on the market. The EVO and the Epic 4G. One is only a couple months old the other is around 6. If it wasn't for Samsung's horse**** software support it would easily rival the G2 and the Nexus S. And certainly nothing to be envious about when it comes to T Mobile's crap network. For the record I JUST got off of a 2 year contract with T Mobile as of the end of October. Crappiest 3G I've ever seen. Sprint on the other hand...I went camping up north in MN and had 3G reception. THAT is coverage. So yah. Not much envy.

Relax buddy, Sprint may be the second coming for you but for others, not so much. And two high end phones compared to how many by AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile?

Also, speaking on network coverage is pretty pointless; every state, county even, has significant differences in coverage with the same carrier. I don't care what their maps show.

Everyone always brings this up, the iphone was surpassed by the Galaxy S and any other phone after that. Dont even compare it to the iphone anymore. These specs are way better..by a longshot.

I want,I want. I want everything but that touch-wiz wanna-be UI. But that can be fixed with a little CM.

1ghz... That means that each core is clocked at 500mhz. Wonder why they didn't clock this up a bit...

That's exactly my thought. I bet this will be like going from an Evo to a G2 performance wise rather than a huge OMG 10x increase in performance everyone seems to think going to dual core is going to bring. I believe battery life will be slightly better and performance will get a slight boost vs the 800mhzscorpion or 1ghz hummingbird. Saying the words "DUAL CORE" sure is great for marketing though.

Not how it works. Each core is capable of 1 ghz clock speeds but a governor controls the distribution of load between the two cores and can downclock one or both cores when not under heavy load. Also these are built on a 28nm scale, so they are extremely power conservative.

the specs are incredible! Everything i want in a smartphone, except vanilla Android, which is what will stop me from buying this! The Nexus One has spoiled me with the updates that i dont think i can go back to a "carrier" phone! This is what the Nexus S was supposed to be like!

I just hope it's easily rooted with an unlocked bootloader and system partition. I wanna rock Cyanogenmod on this puppy!

Why, Google?? Why did u disappoint us stock Android lovers with a phone that'd already outdated and it hasn't even been released yet!?!?!!?! All Im saying is....they better have something up their sleeve! Especially considering Google KNOWS about the dual core craze happening soon with their operating system! I would run around my neighborhood naked if HTC and Google were planning a Nexus Two!! Ohhh....just wishful thinking on my part! :(

meh...i feel like google is gonna give all manufacturers a chance at a Nexus model. might not see another HTC nexus for some time if ever :(

Thats not likely to happen, given that HTC exclusively uses Qualcomm chips. That said, you can bet that the Scorpion/DincHD/Mecha will be one bad mamma jamma with its rumored QSD8672 1.5 ghz chip.

Anyone else notice that the phones being shown off by the PR girls in the photo look pretty different from the prototype Vlad at Engadget got hands on time with? http://www.engadget.com/lg-star/preview/ The backplate looks much nicer, and now it's got that big ole home button similar to the international Galaxy S. I hope this is what the VZW variant will look like, assuming there will be one.

Actually it pretty much looks like all other "black slab" phones. I mean, there isn't all that much difference between any of them.

The Nexus One has also spoiled me. I am getting very fast speeds from T-Mobile's Network. DL speeds are sick, pushing over 6 MB dl and 1.4 up My new MyTouch 4G is getting such fast dl speeds my phone is smoking. I was really hoping the Nexus 2 or S would have had these new kinds of specks. The pure Google experience IMO is Android. Get the phone and make it your own. I have the MyTouch 4G running with launcher pro looking just like my Nexus One. I so much want to buy this Nexus S but I honestly think the MyTouch 4G has better hardware and is a much better device.

Well, I gotta admit, this looks sweet. I just hope this doesn't have the cheap build quality of the plastic-feeling Samsung Galaxy series phones/Samsung Omnia I,and II.

>"# 8GB memory"

I seriously doubt that. It probably has 512MB of memory and 8GB of Flash/storage.

Who cares about contacts or when dual core comes out. My evo is worth enough on ebay to buy a full price device for minimal out of pocket expense. As soon as one comes to sprint with a 4 in + screen I'm on it

I'll keep my EVO with the same specs(minus the dual core) that has a 4G radio and a good network, as I am sure this is GSM.

Now rename it to Nexus 2, slap vanilla Android on it, give it to four US carriers and call it a day Google. Oh, and flush Nexus S down the drain.

Ok.... 1500mhA battery for a dual processor? That's going to last 2 hours on average load?

Anyway, a good evolution from the regulars. But now I will like to see if the dual processors are actually going to work, or do the developers have to write apps that actually make full use of it.

did u see the comment about the low power load or something like that in the story?

its basically like they are undervolting the chip and perhaps shutting off a core when its not needed to save battery...

trust me NO phone maker would put out a phone that had 2 hour battery life or similar...

Anyone else notice that the phones screenshots are the Galaxy S?

Or, as people mentioned, it's an incredibly close copy.

It does look a lot like TouchWiz, which kinda sucks, but at the same time I can't fault the hardware. Tegra2 is SeXy.

Let's hope something like this comes to the US with AT&T 3G bands. We're the red headed step children when it comes to Android phones because Ralph De La Vega is too busy gobbling Jobs' knob to get some decent phones out that don't have an Apple logo on them.

I just want to say why do LG and Samsung copy each other the dame apps looks the same , and the app luncher needs to be in the center

i know some have said these phones are going to be more efficient at using power, but i'm skeptical. same battery as my FASN8 and look at the specs. 2 cameras, dual core, etc. i'm betting it's going to be a worse battery hog than the FASN8.

I'll keep my EVO with the same specs(minus the dual core) that has a 4G radio and a good network, as I am sure this is GSM.

I need 2 cores and those two girls...

...oh right, the phone! I tried the Nexus S in Best Buy today. The new keyboard is nice and it's smooth as butter and quick! I'm really just waiting for 2.3 on my N1...and the ladies ;)

i feel like if anyone was gonna do dual core first it shoulda been google on their nexus line. i want the nexus s with tmo badly but i feel like its pointless if it aint compatible with tmos HSPA+ network *shrugs* i guess i'll settle for the G2. i just wish google would sell a carrier version and an unlocked version since you can get it with a tmo plan...might as well put it in tmo stores ...just my opinion...dont kill me guys lol

I played with the Viewsonic Tablet with Tegra 2 dual core, and wasn't very impressed. Could it have been needing its memory cleared? Is Android a good memory manager, or would I need to remove the battery periodically as I do my BB?