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PREVIEW: LG Optimus 2X – Twice the Android

LG Optimus 2X

LG has gone a long way since they’ve introduced the Prada, the first capacitive touch screen phone, back in 2007. Now they did it again. They’re the first company to put a dual-core chip inside a mobile phone. And not just any processor, were talking about the super fast Tegra 2 chipset.

It seems that Nvidia has hit the jackpot with this new chipset, because everybody wants a piece of it. Motorola is using it in the Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic as well as the all new Xoom tablet (running Android 3.0 Honeycomb). Even Audi is going to use the power of Tegra 2 in their new generation MMI.

Why is the LG Optimus 2X so special? The answer is of course speed, this thing is incredible fast. Even though it comes only with Android 2.2, it’s the fastest Android phone yet. Just take a look at the Quadrant benchmark and you’ll understand. Of course this is only a test unit, and we are confident that  LG Optimus 2X has plenty more to offer.

As we mentioned before the core of the phone is the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor. You’ve got 512MB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage space that is upgradable to 32GB via a microSD card. Next up is the display which uses the same technology as Apple has used on their IPhone 4. The 4” WVGA IPS screen is simply astonishing and with the help of the Tegra 2 chipset, everything runs absolutely perfect.

The 8MP camera has of course autofocus and a LED flash for low light conditions. But the really neat thing about the LG Optimus 2X is its video recording capabilities. It’s the first phone in the world that can record 1080p videos. And there is also a HDMI port on board, if you want to play all your favourite videos on a big screen TV.

So what’s the phone like? Well it feels solid and well built. It measures 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm and weighs a hefty 139g. But that’s ok according to today’s smartphones standard. We can’t say that the phone is beautiful, but we can admit that LG is moving in the right direction with their new design policy. The phone looks good, but not as good as the Sony Ericsson which is a real beauty.

The volume rocker is situated on the right side of the phone.

On top we have the On/Off button (which also acts as the Sleep button), the HDMI port and a standard 3.5mm Jack.

The microUSB is placed at the bottom along with the loudspeaker and the microphone. In the centre of attention is the front panel, housing the “Android” buttons, which are touch sensitive, the huge 4” screen, a front facing camera and the proximity sensor.

A custom UI is being used, called LG Optimus 2.0 UI, to set apart the phone from the other available options on the market. The menu is a pleasure to navigate and its applications fire up instantaneously. LG’s Gesture UI uses the full potential of the Tegra 2 chipset and along with the 4” IPS display, the Optimus 2X offers a unique multimedia experience.

LG Optimus 2X runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), but LG assured us, that an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread is on its way.

The Optimus 2X is expected to hit the shelves in Europe at the end of  this month. The phone is already available for pre order in the UK. It costs 499£, and it is SIM-free and unlocked. At the level of performance it offers, this is quite a bargain compared to other smartphones such as the IPhone 4 which will set you back 599£, or the Google Nexus S that runs for 429£.

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