LG Unveils Optimus 2X: World's First Dual-Core Smartphone
LG made the Optimus 2X smartphone official today, making it the first smartphone with a dual-core processor.
Computers have had multi-core processors, which can handle more tasks at once, for quite some time. But smartphone processors, which must be smaller and much less battery-intensive, have lagged behind. The LG Optimus 2X is the first smartphone to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and dual-core processing .
The Tegra 2 chip runs at 1GHz and has special emphasis on media processing, making it capable of 1080p video playback on the phone or piping it to a larger display via the HDMI port. Similarly, the phone can display games on a larger screen, via the same port, but act as the controller for the game simultaneously.
The LG Optimus 2X also has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, 8GB of storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 2.2 as the operating system. LG says that the Optimus 2X will eventually get an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in the future.
LG has yet to announce an official release date or price, but this phone soon won't be the only one running Tegra 2 . Several other manufacturers also plan to use the dual-core processor in their phones.