LG Optimus 2X

At NVIDIA's CES press conference today, LG and NVIDIA gave us all the first look at the LG Optimus 2X, which they call the "world's first Tegra 2 superphone".  It's the first phone to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, and it's impressive to say the least.  The plan, according to LG's Yongseok Jang, was to create beauty on the outside, and a monster on the inside, and it looks like they succeeded.  The specs:

  • 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

No word on carrier, or pricing, but we're on the lookout.  Hit the break to read the official press release, and see the Optimus 2X pass the latest in smartphone benchmarks -- Angry Birds on the big screen.

Angry Birds!

NVIDIA Tegra Super Chip Kicks Up Next Wave of Super Phones
World’s First Mobile Processor with Dual-Core CPU Enables Super Phones from LG and Others, Creating New Mobile Experiences and Never-Before-Seen Content
Las Vegas — CES 2011 ­— Jan. 5, 2011—NVIDIA announced today the arrival of the next wave of super phones, powered by NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, the world’s first mobile super chip.
These new super phones go beyond today’s smartphones, delivering unprecedented multimedia experiences that take fuller advantage of faster network download speeds and higher bandwidth.
Smartphones start with four-inch-plus screens, single-core 1 GHz mobile processors, five-plus megapixels cameras, and multiple microphones – which enable a decent video and gaming experience. The new super phones use powerful multi-core CPU processors, lightning-fast GPUs and ultralow power requirements – which create magical video and gaming experiences.
“Real super phones require real super chips,” said Ben Barjarin, Principal at Creative Strategies Inc. “The new super phones being unveiled at CES will become an essential mobile computing device. And Tegra delivers these mobile computing capabilities for super phones better than anything else on the market.”
Their seamless multitasking and support for hardware-accelerated Adobe® Flash® Player begin the process of merging the smartphone, with a game console and multimedia device. The result is a mobile web experience capable of console-quality, multi-player, cross-platform gaming, as well as enormous flexibility in terms of carrying out multiple tasks at once.
One of the first devices in this next wave of super phones is the new LG Optimus 2X powered by Tegra 2. 
Tegra 2 Highlights:
·         The Tegra 2 super chip turbocharges the super phone category and brings a new wave of devices to life with never-before-seen experiences. It features:
o   Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU – The world’s first mobile dual-core CPU for faster Web browsing, snappier response time and better overall performance.
o   Ultra-low powered (ULP) NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU – the ULP GeForce GPU delivers outstanding mobile 3D game playability and a visually engaging, highly responsive 3D user interface
o   1080p Video Playback Processor – Watch 1080p HD movies stored on your mobile device on your HDTV, without compromising battery life.
  • Tegra 2 enables new mobile media and gaming capabilities:
o   For the first time, consumers will be able to game with multiple players using different types of devices. For example, a Tegra 2-powered super phone or tablet can be used to play with players on a desktop PC.
o   NVIDIA demonstrated a prototype of Skype HD video calling on an Android tablet at its CES 2011 press conference. NVIDIA developed a reference implementation of HD video conferencing on Tegra 2-based tablets using SkypeKit. SkypeKit is a collection of software and APIs that allows virtually any Internet connected device to offer Skype voice and video calls.  
    • NVIDIA introduced the Tegra Zone app. It allows consumers to find Tegra-optimized games for their super phone or tablet, along with professional game reviews, high-res screenshots, HD video trailers, gameplay videos, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Consumers can complete their purchase of Tegra Zone games on the Android Market.
·         The LG Optimus 2X is the fast and hyper performance super phone:
o   The Optimus 2X delivers faster performance, seamless multi-tasking, full HDMI and true visual gaming for a better user experience.
o   Key specifications include
§  4-inch WVGA screen
§  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
o   For more information and product images, please visit LG’s online press kit at www.lgnewsroom.com/CES2011 .
Details can’t yet be provided for other super phones that will be announced shortly at CES.


Reader comments

NVIDIA and LG demo the Optimus 2X -- the first Tegra "superphone"


Based on the specs I am going to guess mid to late 2011. Hopefully I am wrong though since it is shipping with Android 2.2. It just seems like it has too good of specs to be released along side something like the Thunderbolt right now.

well considering the Motorola Atrix is coming Q1 2011 with tegra, I would think that this one would be right around there as well.

I don't think the specs are that mindblowing to warrant such a late release. Especially since they are calling it the first phone powered by Tegra 2.

When they made the initial announcement last month, they said it'd be available in Korea in January and Europe/Asia after that. So, I'm guessing Q1 is more like it, not mid to late 2011.

I love playing Angry Birds on my 55" already via DroidX and RealHDMI. Works great (load game so you see bird launching post on the phone, then shake to activate HDMI"

This "Mirroring" would be a nice addition however.

I doubt that it'll come to Sprint. Sprint is doing a push for all high-end Android phones to be 4G... they're calling it their 4G Android era. If they do add new 3G devices, they'll likely be lower end.

Now this may end up being a WiMax phone, but I doubt it. :(

I've heard from a buddy that works in phone support at t-mobile that they had training on this device...

Looks like a very, very awesome phone. I might buy it for my girl so I have something to play with. 2011 is going to be a great year for phone though!

I hope LG can get this phone to all the carriers like Samsung did with the Galaxy S. That being said, COME TO SPRINT!
Also, that weather/clock widget is hella sexy.

...That's the gaming phone I've always wanted. Why did I use up my upgrade as soon as it was available for a Fascinate? Nah, I love it, but wow, if this comes to Verizon I will admit to some buyers remorse.

I have been eligible for upgrade on Sprint for a month and a half but have been waiting for CES to see what is in store. I just want to know what carriers are getting what and when people!!! I am drooling over the two new LG phones and since Sprint got Optimus I am hopeful.

So, according to NVIDIA the new EVO Shift is not a smartphone: "Smartphones start with four-inch-plus screens"

I know, right? That's so stupid! Since when does being a smartphone have ANYTHING to do with screen size? The OS is what defines if it is a smartphone. This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a LONG time.

um...why hasent anyone said anything about the size of the battery, or even battery life for that matter. would of been cool to see some b4 and after of the battery indicator while they were demoing it. I'm sure most of my fellow androidians are a little more well versed then me in the tech department. So my question is, given 1) a 1500mah battery, 2) dual core 1ghz processor 3) nvidia gourmet chipset and finnally 4) 4g switched on, what kinda battery life can we guesstimate with thus phone. also not to mention keeping that big sexy 4 inch screen lit.

># 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)

Here we go again. It does not have 8GB of memory. It has 8GB of *storage*. The specs listed say nothing about how much memory it has. 512MB probably?

This is the only phone debut thus far that interests me, unless it's an AT&T Exclusive. Nevertheless, I just got my EVO last month, so not looking at any upgrades any time soon.

Nah, not until all these phones get gingerbread or whichever version of Android can do anything much with the processors and app developers start developing apps with these processors in mind by which time the Nexus M or whatever will probably be announced.

I'm hoping they do what samsung did with the galaxy S line, and come out with a slightly revamped version of the 2X for each carrier.