LG's Optimus 2X puts Android 2.2 on a dual-core Tegra 2 processor

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LG will initially release the Optimus 2X in Korea, with Europe and Asia following shortly thereafter

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Korean electronics giant LG is getting ready to release the world's first smartphone with a dual core processor. Promising better handling of multimedia, full 1080p high definition video and benefiting from both front and rear facing cameras, the Optimus 2X will initially be released with Android 2.2 but with an upgrade to Gingerbread coming shortly after.

In addition to low power consumption, having an NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip clocking up 1GHz under the hood holds the promise of smoother gameplay, faster web browsing and seamless multitasking with virtually no screen lag. The dual core performance helps LG's Optimus 2X deliver 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 high definition video recording and playback and the inclusion of HMDI mirroring technology is said to expand content on external displays up to full HD.

The 4-inch WVGA touchscreen smartphone will be able to connect wirelessly to any DNLA-compliant digital device, comes with 8GB of onboard memory with microSD expansion and, as you might expect these days, includes an accelerometer and gyro sensor. There's an 8 megapixel camera to the rear and a 1.3 megapixel snapper to the front. Rounding off the specs are a 1500mAh battery, micro-USB port, Bluetooth and A-GPS location-based services.

The LG Optimus 2X will be offered to the Korean home crowd from next month, with Asia and Europe following on after that. There's no official word on pricing but early indications are that it won't be located at the cheaper end of the market.

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