Thursday, December 23, 2010
LG Electronics unveils the first dual-core smartphone
The new device features a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, which LG says will result in much faster Internet browsing and mobile apps rendering. The new Optimus 2X also allows users full multitasking privileges with less screen lag.
The smartphone also comes running Android 2.2 and features a four-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB), eight-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080 pixel video playback and recording, Wi-Fi and full BlueTooth functionality.
Jong-Seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications says "Dual-core technology is the next step forward in the wireless and mobile segment so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology."
Park added that the Optimus 2X is proof of LG's commitment to the high-end smartphone market, and that there will be more of this to come in 2011.
LG Electronics says the Optimus 2X will be available in South Korea in January with countries in Europe and Asia to follow soon. It is hoped that the new phone will be available in the U.S. by late-February, early-March 2011.
The Optimus 2X will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with an upgrade schedule to be announced in local markets in due course, LG said in a statement.
In other news, Best Buy said yesterday that it has started selling Google's latest smartphone, the Nexus S, is now on sale at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.
A follow-up to the Nexus One, Google's all new Nexus S features a 1 GHz HummingBird processor and the latest version of Android 2.3.
Although Google and Samsung are taking a different path with sales this time around, the new Sumsung phone is still available unlocked for $530.
Wireless subscribers willing to commit to a 2-year contract with T-Mobile USA can take the device with them for just $200.
Samsung's new Nexus S smartphone also features a four-inch contour display and comes packed with NFC (near field communication) capabilities that Google is promoting as it aims to push the envelope further in that space and drive greater adoption of the Nexus S.
Dubbed 'Gingerbread' the new Android phone is faster and easier to use, and includes copy-and-paste features, Google said. The Nexus S also comes equipped with front and rear facing cameras, potentially allowing for videoconferencing, and near-field communication, a technology that lets people use their smartphones as mobile wallets and pay for goods wirelessly.
Google, looking to expand beyond its flagship Internet search business, is pushing deeper into phone software and mobile advertising. The Nexus S follows the Nexus One, a phone manufactured by HTC Corp that Google introduced earlier this year.
That device had some 3G connecting issues and didn’t sell that well, hurt by consumer confusion over who would provide customer support, Google or HTC, said Will Stofega, an analyst at IDC.