CES 2011 is already over, but we've got a lot of new information about upcoming devices and new technologies. One of the highlights of the show was the introduction of dual core processors into the smartphone world and of course, the demonstration of said smartphones in real life. LG was one of the most popular companies in this category, with their Optimus 2X smartphone, which really impressed everyone.
If you still don't know, the Tegra 2 platform that powers the Optimus 2X is made by NVidia and incorporates a lot of new stuff. Besides the dual core processor (each core runs at 1 GHz, by the way), there is also the dedicated GeForce graphics adapter, the most powerful at the moment (it's at least twice as fast as the Power SGX540, which held the record for almost two years) and a hardware encoder/decoder, which not only lets you play back any kind of video formats of any quality without a hitch, but also record video in up to Full HD 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second - talk about impressive!
The LG Optimus 2X is currently the only phone that takes advantage of the feature, and it does it very well with its 8 megapixels camera, as you can see from the demo videos on YouTube. This is great news for everyone who needs to film videos in relatively high quality (and the jump from 720p to 1080p is pretty noticeable) and doesn't want to carry their smartphone and a separate camera like the popular Flip HD.
All the necessary features and more
While the above features are certainly the main attraction point of the Optimus 2X, the smartphone is also a very good device in all other areas. It's got all the features a smartphone might need, including support for Wifi N, Bluetooth 3.0, HSDPA and HSUPA for the new 4G networks, accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensors and much more.
There is also a pretty good camera on the front for video calls and taking lower quality pictures of yourself, and a HDMI out port, which lets you output pictures, slideshows, videos and even games to any external device (be it a display or projector) at up to 1920x1080p resolution â€“ it is very impressive to see Need for Speed, for example, being played on the big screen using a smartphone!
Coming this spring with Android 2.2
The Optimus 2X is able to take advantage of all the features it's got thanks to the amazing Android OS that runs on it. The 2.2 Froyo version will be pre-installed when the first devices ship, but the newer 2.3 Gingerbread update will become available soon after, so users will be able to fully utilize the power of their dual core processor and other hardware.
LG will first release the device in Korea, then Europe this spring. The US will also see it, although a bit later (probably after about a month), but cheaper thanks to the difference between the Euro and the US Dollar. Wherever in the world you live, it may well be worth visiting a mobile phone comparison site to find the best deal, and if you were planning on getting a new smartphone, you might want to wait, because the LG Optimus 2X is definitely worth it.