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LG Optimus Series smartphones first to be powered by dual-core Tegra 2 processor


September 7, 2010

The NIVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor that will power LG's new Optimus Series smartphones

The NIVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor that will power LG's new Optimus Series smartphones

With smartphones packing more and more features and people using them for increasingly processor intensive tasks LG has announced plans to introduce the first Android smartphones to be powered by a dual-core processor. The new phones, which will be part of the company’s new Optimus Series, will feature the second generation NIVIDIA Tegra mobile processor, the Tegra 2.

As well as being the first mobile dual-core CPU, the Tegra 2 is also the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. It comprises two 1GHz processors, which LG says allows web browsing that is up to 2x faster, and gaming performance that is up to 5x faster than its single core counterparts running at 1GHz.

LG and NVIDIA say the Tegra 2 processor will deliver console-quality gaming, 3D capablities and flawless 1080p Full HD video playback to smaprtphones – although anyone who can notice, let alone appreciate 1080p on a smartphone display has to be the next step in human evolution.

But who knows, maybe some models in the new Optimus Series will sport a HD video out connection for hooking up to a HDTV? We’ll find out soon enough as smartphones featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor will be introduced sometime before the end of the year.

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iPhone begins to look decidedly passe.

Facebook User

An HDMI connector might be too big for a phone.

LG, how about an ATSC (HDTV) low-power RF transmitter?

With built-in ATSC RF, a nearby TV would be a 1080p monitor!


THere are mini HDMI connectors. They are small enough. http://img.inpai.com.cn/article/2009/5/12/205ca84e-aab2-4244-8d3a-3106ccd75208.jpg

Paul van Dinther

Wow...this makes me ashamed of my desktop, it only has 2.6ghz dual core, it\'s not much better than a cell phone!

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